27 April 2011

wednesdays.

first, an update on the enat necklace: we have a winner! congrats to paula, i’ll be in contact with you! and thank you all for your warm comments and hellos. :)



now joining emily for imperfect prose:






there are days when the wind pulls and harrows, so that mid-week i weave along pock-marked and bare, all that tenuous courage heaped in pieces at my feet.


but i wake-shower-coffee myself to wednesday morning moms meeting, half surprised to get there intact. and i scoot in sheepish with the knowing that all i bring is fissured prayer and faith in a God who hears, a God who responds with the cross while i’m after an answer quicker, tamer, prettier.


and it’s a marvel, what a couple hours with those grown-up girls can sprout in me. without exception, somewhere in the middle of tea and mothering stories and a crack in a praying voice, a fresh sprig of courage wends up and buoys me even here, in this wash of fragmented plans.







i’m well versed in the full-throttle joy of brothers, but i look around the room at crystal and amy and carrie and think that this? is maybe what it means to know sisters.





25 comments:

Brandee Shafer said...

Yes, it's a powerful thing. My group is from 3 churches ago. I haven't been with them, lately, because they meet early in the morning, when I'm still zombieish. But they are the ones I want and think of, when I read this.

I love the photo with the one, little white flower popping out.

Old Ollie said...

Great pics, and authentic words.

hannah singer said...

beautiful! i long for a group like you have. what a blessing! xo

Kati patrianoceu said...

a sisterhood like that is such a gorgeous gift. Your tribute is lovely... the fact you have such a group is hopeful.

Brian Miller said...

nice. i have a group of guys i feel much the same about...and they play a huge role in my life...

lulu and family said...

that last line was about ready to meet my tears.=) and: "a God who responds with the cross while i’m after an answer quicker, tamer, prettier." wow. thank you again, nic, for sharing what you are seeing.=)

Nancy said...

Don't know where I'd be without my sisters!

Annette said...

A group like this is such a precious gift. I'm blessed to have had that at least once in my life. :)

Kendal said...

i am NEVER sorry to have been with my ladies at church or my family sisters.

Farmgirl Paints said...

i've been a bad student. skipping lessons...missing class. you've made me yearn to go again. time to stop playing hookie. those pictures were so beyond sweet!

melissafeddersen.com said...

YES! We need this community! It is almost the point...they keep our head above water. Sometimes, when the kicking and flailing of others pulls us under with them, it is tempting to forgo the dip. BUT it is also the most beautiful place on earth! These deep waters of community!

happygirl said...

Love the pic. Like a firework. I miss the sisterhood. I've been burned by the women of the church.

LauraX said...

such a beautiful post about the blessing of women-sister-soul-friends. Your photos are stunning!

Joybird said...

Yes. No sisters by birth but I have sisters nonetheless, thank God. So glad you do too, Nic.

emily wierenga said...

do you know what communion i feel every time i come here? what sacred, sister communion? sprigs of faith flowering, friend, and i treasure you, dear one. so much.

Loni said...

Ohhh how important our sister/friend relationships are for our growing with God. Thank you for sharing.

Karen Siddiqi said...

The last line got me...I addoooore my older brother...I wish I could clone him (he really is that great); but being around my Christian girlfriends makes me wonder if maybe I would've liked a sister more than I think. :)

Southern Gal said...

Ah, the fellowship with sisters. Lovely photos.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Congrats to Paula!!

My closest girlfriends live states and/or counties away. Savor those "all girl" times. They are much needed! :o)

alittlebitograce said...

Can I just highlight and quote all of this? Such beautiful words well-written. Your turns of phrase kept catching my attention, so wonderfully crafted.

Life with Kaishon said...

Absolutely beautiful. The words. The pictures.
Perfect.

Katarina said...

such a beautiful thoughts and gorgeous pics;)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I'll "Amen" that.

alittlebitograce said...

Can I just highlight and quote all of this? Such beautiful words well-written. Your turns of phrase kept catching my attention, so wonderfully crafted.

emily wierenga said...

do you know what communion i feel every time i come here? what sacred, sister communion? sprigs of faith flowering, friend, and i treasure you, dear one. so much.