Good morning.

I thought I’d be sharing with you today the continuation of yesterday’s post about the push and pull of technology, but I’m not. I expect to be back with that tomorrow, sharing words from a comedian that I haven’t been able to shake.

This morning, in the few minutes before I wake my girls for the day, I want to tell you the truth of my right here.

My strength feels small. I feel small.

And while it seems a bit scary to say so, I know I must remember my size. It is the only way I can stay right here, receive What Is Right Here, so that I can move in the world with something authentic to offer.

I must continually seek Love that is bigger than mine, remember Strength that does not wane with sleeplessness, sorrow or schedule, hunger for Peace that digs deep and puts down roots.

I must continually recall that even though I sometimes want to, I cannot do this life in my own strength.

Today, I’m walking with a close sister in devastating pain and believing she will dance. (Oh, yes she will.) This week, I’m counting broken and hurting places in me and seeing God’s covering when I could not fashion clothes for myself. I’m thinking of you and your search for home, for healing, for significance, for life.

And so today, I share these everlasting words that remind us of the small us, the Great Eternal and the hope even here:

To you, O Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
What gain is there in my destruction,
in my going down into the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me;
O Lord, be my help.

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and
clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not
be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you
thanks forever.
Psalm 30:8-12

Yes, may we know dancing, joy and a voice to proclaim it. Amen.


This is Day 23 of Right Here. Throughout October, I’m joining with a community of bloggers (linking up with The Nester) — all of whom are writing each day of the month about a topic of their choosing. To find all posts in 31 Days of Right Here, click here, or see the listing below.

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An introduction: Welcome to 31 Days of Right Here
Day 1: For You, Too
Day 2: Fear’s Invitation
Day 3: My Portion
Day 4: Five Minute Friday – Write
Day 5: Rise and Shine
Day 6: My Joys Mount As Do the Birds
Day 7: A Mother’s Fierce Love
Day 8: When Life’s A Mad Rush – How To Slow Time
Day 9: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part I)
Day 10: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part II)
Day 11: Five Minute Friday: Ordinary
Day 12: When Right Here’s A Mess
Day 13: O God, We Thank You
Day 14: The Date That Almost Wasn’t
Day 15: One Thing That Makes Us Human
Day 16: That We Might See And Remember
Day 17: In Which I Hit A Wall
Day 18: Five Minute Friday: Laundry
Day 19: When You Can’t Hold All The Moments
Day 20: Let Me Walk In Beauty
Day 21: Tend This Seed
Day 22: Just One More Click Away
Day 23: A Reset

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