Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bigger Picture Moments: Heavy No More

Simple BPM

“I wake sometimes

heavy already, before I’ve ever moved from my bedroom into the hallway

In the gray light of early morning

my mind lines up the questions that fell through the sieve while I slept

the unanswered dilemmas

the pressing, pestering wonderings

of a soul desperate to be about her Master’s business …” {Just} Lenae

Every Thursday we share the harvest of intentional living by capturing a glimpse of the bigger picture through a simple moment. Come, journey with us. This week’s link up is at Lenae’s.

Live. Capture. Share. Encourage.



Writing Me: Where I’m From {Suzannah}

I am from skinned knees, Daisy Duke Big Wheels, and
bike rides deep in the woods. I am from the horseshoe:
sidewalks tread by brownie scouts, the common ground which
floods and tunnels we’d crawl when days were dry and we felt brave.
I am from newly seeded grass, crab apple blossoms, and crocus bursts
of color when March recalled coats for jackets.

I am from bathrobed Christmas pageants in the living room,
freedom and responsibility, Johnsons, Moores, and McMurrays.
I am from the impassioned and opinionated who yell loud and laugh hard
and forget to think before we speak.  From shoulders back,  
do your chores, and hide His Word in your heart.

I am from flannel board disciples and up from the grave He arose!
kindergarten solos.  From paper fans in the colonial chapel,
strawberry festivals on the lawn and too many danishes
swiped at coffee hour.  I’m from Scots Irish Presbyterians,
Pennsylvania Dutchmen (and women!), burgers on the deck,
buttered corn on the cob, and pot roast every Sunday on fine china
(use the good silverware.)

From freckled peeling shoulders, days down the shore, and van seats
so hot our thighs would burn.  I am from pictures posed
on wicker, lace collars and curls, and hand-me-down bags stuffed brimful:
ill-fitted swim suits, mittens on strings, and a faith rooted deep
with room {and grace} enough to grow.


suzannah Suzannah is a pilgrim, mama, writer, kingdom seeker. lover of quirkiness, justice, grace, community, natural living, whole food, good art, bad tv, the underdog, & the earth. You can read more of her beautiful words at So Much Shouting So Much Laughter

Writing Me is a community writing project. We’d love to have you join us. Link YOUR piece here!

A Week of Inspiration

It’s a gray rainy day here in the Midwest, it makes it hard for me to get motivated, get moving,coming up with creative ideas.  Lucky for you (if you’re in the same boat) Bigger Picture Blogs has you covered this week at least a week’s full of exciting post ideas!

You could:

– Join in Melissa’s Dress Like a Girl Challenge, link up all week with how you ditched the oversized, overworn, pajamas and got girly.

– Infuse a space and your mind with creativity in Hyacynth’s Simple Swaps, link up open for only 4 more days (and there’s a giveaway!)

– Join us in seeing the Bigger Picture and savoring the simple moments this Thursday, hosted by Lenae this week.

– Join in our community writing project and tell us Where are you From?


– Explore your writer’s  mind and join our Book Club, this week we’re revisiting an old sentencee and seeing where it takes us.

Join s for one, or for all because the journey (and the meme, the book, the challenge) is better with Friends!