{perspective} · {waiting room}

{ quote : healing & mercy }

“Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for [my] power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

—2 Corinthians 12:8–10 (HCSB)


“Even as we are caught in a web of hurt and brokenness, we are also in a web of healing and mercy.”

—Bryan Stevenson
in his book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

{inspiration} · {perspective}

{ quote : on success }

“What we call success is very nice and comes with useful byproducts, but success is not love, or at least it is at best the result of love of the work and not of you, so don’t confuse the two. Cultivating love for others and maybe receiving some for yourself is another job and an important one. The process of making art is the process of becoming a person with agency, with independent thought, a producer of meaning rather than a consumer of meanings that may be at odds with your soul, your destiny, your humanity, so there’s another kind of success in becoming conscious that matters and that is up to you and nobody else and within your reach.”

—Rebecca Solnit
How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit
as posted on Literary Hub

{character} · {perspective} · {punctuation}

{ punctuate : ampersand living }

Oxford Dictionaries has produced an online quiz that determines what punctuation mark you are. I don’t need to take that quiz, because I already know the answer: I am an ampersand (&). Welcome to the world of a grammar nerd. Please keep arms and legs inside the ride at all times, and be sure to buckle… Continue reading { punctuate : ampersand living }

{character} · {perspective} · {soundtrack}

{ punctuate : perception }

Last May, Christa Wells and Jess Ray teamed up to do a joint giveaway in celebration of the release of Jess’s first full-length album, Sentimental Creatures. The giveaway was a hard copy of that new album and of Christa’s most recent EP release (February 2015), Covers. I already had a copy of Covers, so at first I didn’t… Continue reading { punctuate : perception }

{perspective} · {soundtrack} · {storying}

{ punctuate : perspective }

The first time I heard Chris Tomlin’s song “Good Good Father” was during church at the beginning of January. That was a difficult Sunday: I was dealing with some tedious emotions related to transitions happening at work, and I just couldn’t see my way through them that day. I knew Pops had been taking care of… Continue reading { punctuate : perspective }