rolling the load…


 Hey there,  tender shoulders
braced for ache,
tight with dread,
 misreading  muddy signals
and bent heavy with strange yoke. 

what if you roll that load
…rethink  responsibility,
 release the false
to stronger shoulders.
 You know,  loose the urgency,
 rest easy instead
… your strength for love.

Look where you are,  tender soul
right here in the center
of this generous moment,
wrapped in rich enoughness
swollen with lift and light.

Take courage and unsqueeze,
 stretch out wide in safe sweet shelter….plentiful grace.
Listen as soothing Love
 whispers soft over your skittish places
  through the patient beauty of the moments you’re given

 And as you wait for somedays
and someones,
 go ahead and flourish,
scooping up here and now like treasure,
lifting face to the sun
 just let go and live, 
really live.
here are riches yet unwrapped  in the waiting.

 (it’s been a week of perplexing prickles,  really jarring at times.  These are the words I’ve struggled with…whispered through the dark to my shoulders and soul.  I’m glad to share them with you….hope  something may help lift a load from you,  too. 
 My photos will have to tell the stories this week….they were bright kisses and I’m grateful. 

  I’m giddy over some new art and holiday love that I have to share.  Soon!  Always,  thanks for coming by;   you bring me such JOY.)


  1. Kel on November 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    thanks for the reminder that there is treasure to be found in the here and now
    not just in the somedays and someones

  2. beth on November 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    oh my gosh…..”loose the urgency” needs to be stamped on my forehead as a daily reminder to slow down and breath and live.

    thinking of you…..xo

  3. Bren on November 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    and you bring us such joy Jen
    Though I hate to think of the difficulties you go through to get to the place where you pen such raw and amazing words, I am grateful for them none the less. Honestly, I could fill so many journal pages with the phrase of your words, they bring such strong imagery to mind when I read them. Love your spirit girl !
    Looking forward to your surprises 🙂

  4. elk on November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    thinking of you today as i gaze at these lovely photos ..your honesty fills me with understanding ..the shoulders hold the tension for me as well..blessings friend!!

  5. lisleman on November 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    “whispered through the dark to my shoulders and soul” You create the most interesting phrases and ideas.

  6. Judy on November 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    “There are riches yet unwrapped in the waiting.” I really love that line.
    Intense imagery – very thought provoking, and your photos are exquisite.

  7. JeMA on November 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    “Rolling the Load”, love the title and it is a great reminder to shift my anxieties upward. Those tense, dense shoulder blades are trying to speak loudly of my burden. What a wonderful little posing bird to rest in the branch while you took the first photo, a perfect addition.

  8. missing moments on November 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    such vivid photos and your words are so melodic!

  9. rachel awes on November 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

    thank you friend, for sharing the invitation to let go & live.
    together we will try out such wings. xox

  10. Eydie on November 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Just what I need TODAY … NOW

    I will embrace my shoulders and release all the “shoulds” from inside my shoulders.
    How amazing that the word shoulders holds all the “shoulds”.

    Your words always sing to my heart. Such beauty!
    much love to you.

  11. Mary on November 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

    my friend you have such an amazing gift. a gift than enables you to put into words feelings, emotions, sight, that speak heart. that take us under the surface…to the place that makes a difference. to the place where real change and growth happens.

    i thank God for how he is using you…and how you continually turn to and point us to him.

    may God comfort, smooth the rough spots, and pour his love into you dear precious one!


  12. Joanna on November 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful, breath-taking pictures that speak so much peace!
    Love you and praying for your strong, beautiful, tender shoulders.
    thank you for sharing the kisses X)

  13. Louise G on November 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

    And your photos speak
    to the beauty
    of your spirit
    sharing so generously
    of the riches within
    you look

  14. Anita on November 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

    The photos are STUNNING! I am especially in love with the first one. I’ve said it before; you have such an amazing eye.
    I’m sorry for your jarring times. I know how you feel; sometimes I feel about to crumble from the weight.
    But I won’t! Nor will you my friend ~ you are strong, powerful, beautiful.
    Love, love, love,

  15. Ron on November 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Your photos are absolutely fantastic! Especially the last one Wow! 🙂

    Thanks for your recent comment on My Blog

    Take care and have a wonderful week 🙂

  16. Liz on November 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    …as always and ever, your words are timely, and timeless….

    a light on my path, tonight, my friend….you are such a traveling mercy….


  17. Julia Of Petals and Wool on November 15, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Wow, Jennifer, your words seem to have been taylor made for me, and I drink your wisdom like a sweet elixir. My shoulders have carried my worries for far too long. I love how you are so in touch with yourself. What a gift you bring. Thanks for this soothing post, what a way you have with words.

    Your photos are breathtaking beautiful. I hope that your week is as beautiful.

    I’m so glad that you joined my followers, welcome. Hugs, Julia

  18. Barbara on November 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Your words carry such energy and peace, all at the same time. How did I get so far behind in my reading? I need to keep up, for my shoulders’ sake and my own peace of mind.

  19. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on November 16, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Taking the time to massage your heavy shoulders to help them release the tension and prepare for love to come . Your words are speaking to my soul and your photographs are enchanting my eyes showing the treasures you are filled with. Thank you Jennifer 🙂

  20. Lynn Wilkinson on November 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Jen, your words are like crisp tidbits of easiness that helps to refocus one’s attention during those time when the news isn’t always the expected or desired. You help me get past “those jolts” that bring me into a reality that I struggle with everyday.
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart, words and love with all of us. They truly are healing and show both your vulnerability and your incredible strength.

  21. Amanda - Persistent Green on November 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    “Save your strength for love”…oh, Jen, it amazes me how you are always able to pull out such beauty from difficult times. Thank you for using your voice to uplift and encourage others, as you walk your own path but invite us to come with you. You are a blessing in this world.

  22. Connie Smiley on November 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful, once again! Read your last one to 3 sans-computer friends, and their loads were lifted. Thanks!

  23. Otto von Münchow on November 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

    A beautiful post and beautiful pictures.

  24. S. Etole on November 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    You fill the world with color and beauty and encouragement through your words and images.

    Felt the shoulders relaxing letter by letter.

  25. Marcie on November 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Such gorgeous colors in these images! And – it’s true. Sometimes we just have to let go of those heavy loads we carry..release the burden…give our tired shoulders a break. Beautifully written!

  26. Marion on November 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Rethink Responsibility…
    oh, yes!

    I am reading your beautiful words before i mediate, I breathing them in and they are balm for the soul. So grateful to you for bringing them to us.

    I hope that you are finding peace, that the perplexing prickles have given way and a clear place.

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