My West Virginia Morning: In Like a Lion (plus a giveaway)


winter nouwen quote





This morning I awaken to a softer world. Snow lands in layered pillows and our usual noise is quieted, hushed by a thick layer of white. The sky keeps falling down, the street is buried, there are rumors of power outages, and the clinic is closed. The initial anxiety of interruption gives way to quiet joy and I am softer too. The spirit rests in this muffled stillness.

“A life without a lonely place, that is, a life without a quiet center,” says Henri Nouwen, “easily becomes destructive.”

When I slow to listen, I see how this is true. How quick I am to lay my worth in all the things I do. So that when productivity comes to a screeching halt I am filled with anxiety. Surely there is something I can do to fill this quiet place.

But God whispers to me, “Be still.”

And more emphatically, “BE.”

I feel the weight of Presence and it fills me with light. This is cause for celebration—my Beloved has been waiting for me all this time. So I don my boots and wade through the train of winter’s gown, stand under a heavily cloaked Maple and stare up into the white sky falling down. Bonnie watches from the window as I frame up the lion.

I find my quiet center through the lens and this lonely place, this being—it is prayer.

I have two lovely copies of Dawn Camp’s beautiful new devotional The Beauty of Grace to giveaway! Enter below and I’ll announce the winners in Mondays Playdates with God post.
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  1. says

    I’m so trying to get away from this truth, “So that when productivity comes to a screeching halt I am filled with anxiety.” Laura! Thank you for inviting us into the quiet place today. Blessings!

  2. Teresa says

    I woke this morning to white all around. took my dog out in the back yard; he took a few steps, then laid down in the snow with his tennis ball. I pulled a dead palm tree from its stump and laid it next to the fence. Tomorrow, I will lay it on the curb so it can be hauled away. Love to hear the crunch of snow under my feet. Wanted to take a few pictures of the back yard, but my cell phone had to be recharged, so I wasn’t able to capture the snow

  3. Lynn Morrissey says

    Laura, this is such a beautiful reminder to be still and know that He is God. And can you believe that God waits on us? I also love the gown imagery because my theme this year is Bride. Thank you so much for sharing such beauty here.


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