Riverside ramblings….

fallSpent a gentle Sunday walking beside

the Catawba river
and listening to it play,
strumming my heartstrings
until it’s music smoothed out the
lumps in my muscles and mind.
I joined the universe
in a deep sigh,
my fatigue and frustration
carried away downstream
until again,
I had a fair shot at clarity.
And you were there, too,
my friend,
held close to my heart
as I meandered along.

You’ve been with me
during this often bruising week
….the unique beauty of your life(and blog)
nudging my eyes and heart
wider open to the huge love
crying out
in every color, line and form
….the trees themselves pouring down
tender kindness,
kissing me lightly as each leaf falls.

And as I walked along,
breathing in the Spirit who breathes life into us all,
I mentioned you, as I often do.
~Yes, you πŸ™‚

I told Him how much I enjoy you,
..thanked Him for the
gift that you are.
I brought up that when you share your unique expressions of life,
I feel your breezes blow
on my own embers
until I’m energized and more alive.

And then, because you were on my mind, I asked Him to brush over you with His riversongs,
so that your heart lifts and leaps a little
like when we zoom over a rise in the road
and it squeezes ever so slightly with joy and lift.

And that no matter how much disappointment
or pain
or heartache
is a part of your story right now,
that you’d feel His love,
liquid and golden and infused into the air you draw inside yourself.
~That no matter how complicated this part of your path,
that you still live loved
…alive and aware and awake to the huge love that
hovers over you like whispers of sunshine
burning off the fog hanging low over your circumstances
until you can see the warm, engaging smile
that was there all along.

It was such a comfort to talk about you
with Someone who is absolutely crazy about you, too.
Yeah, so I just wanted you to know
that you came up.
And it was good.
And while I’m loving the wildly creative genius
behind your breathtaking beauty,
I’m loving you, too!




  1. Mary on October 13, 2010 at 1:58 am

    oh I just want to hug you – big!!!
    what a treasure, a blessing you are!

  2. S. Etole on October 13, 2010 at 2:16 am

    thank you … for this … for you … for your prayers

  3. Just Be Real on October 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Jen, this post is wonderful! You are so very special and such a wonderful encourager. I pray that one day that the love He fully gives will fully enter into my heart. Thank you once again. Blessings and ((((Jen))))

  4. rachel awes on October 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

    oh my heavens,
    i can't tell you
    how perfect the timing
    this post was for me
    in the complication
    & dancing intricacy of life
    & i'm so thankful too
    for those kissing leaves.
    liquid love to you too, dear friend.

  5. Bren on October 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Jen, you bless us so with the freshness of your love and your pen and your unbridled enthusiasm. Your spirit is so vibrant, so are your words.
    Love the photos, felt like I was right there with you that day. you may have a new camera but I'm telling you the two of you have become good friends

  6. LindyLouMac on October 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    What can I but, say beautiful words and photos πŸ™‚

  7. Nancy on October 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    You always come along when I need you most and encourage my socks off…..I feel lighter and more at peace after spending time with you….my sweet friend…….

    hugs to you…..

  8. Relyn on October 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Yes. Yes, exactly. I know.

  9. LeeAnn on October 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Oh sweet Jennifer, THANK YOU! My heart is so blessed because of your special heart and friendship. It feels so good to know that my name was floating along beside you through the beautiful air, as you whispered it to our Heavenly Father. I just love you girl. You and your words touch my heart in such a special way.

    Wonderful sweet and warm hugs,
    β™₯Lee Ann

  10. dulcy on October 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Jennifer… Your photography and art complement your writings in such a poignant and lovely manner. I'm so happy to have read your blog first thing this morning because I truly feel the love you are sending out. Everything here feels so green and lush……. xo dulcy

  11. Hindsfeet on October 18, 2010 at 2:43 am

    my dear dear Jennifer…….the date on this post of yours is 10/12, the day before my birthday……and I am only just now reading it…..I am so so very grateful for this, and the timing is amazing, as I was just researching my family name, Corrente, the root of which connotes flow, as in a flowing stream…..

    ….and then this post of yours…….Oh Jen….I'll go back and read it a bazillion times and as with all of God's Words, and as all God's kids do, hope to think that they were written just for me….

    needed this tonight…

  12. Anonymous on October 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Jen–as per usual your words comforted and lifted me up and shed warm sunlight on my world way over here in Apex, NC πŸ˜€

    I don't know who your special "blogging" friend is whom you write so lovingly of in this entry—but methinks I'd like to have a looksee at their blog as well. Do you mind sharing?

    Thanks for being beauty-full YOU!

    Gwen Lilly

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