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Merciful Days: Inspection Fear


Inspection Fear

Heat-herding curtains hanging in the stair-well. Electric blanket on the bed. Drawers of summer clothes half-way traded for tubs of winter ones.  Outdoor play pieces and summer toys piled in the garage.  It’s Fall.  Suddenly.  Sadly. Unusually early.  The cold, rainy season is here.  And amidst all these season-change-over activities, I regretfully felt inspired to clean off a bookshelf and contemplate every book we own.  This resulted in piles upon piles of books waiting for new spots on our shelves.  (Or a trip to Half-Price Books if I can get my heart to admit that I’ve been treating books like they are family members.)

It was a mess.  An unending loop of uncompleted tasks. Daunting tasks that are great excuses for not completing other ones.  Like bathroom cleaning. Bed-linen washing. Meal planning. Homework supervising. Blog writing.

I haven’t quite got the hang of having a kid in school.  And our home is showing the fruit of my inadequacies. Our home looks like my heart and mind does.  Disorganized. Unraveling. Cluttered. In-process.

On Wednesday night I found out our landlord was coming to do an annual property inspection on Friday. [Continue…]

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Dear friends,

Thank you for sharing my journey this year on “ColoursofColor.”  Your reading, comments, and thoughts have been so encouraging!

I’ve done something big.  I made the leap to my own blog domain.  ColoursofColor has moved to

Merciful Days is about Faith, food, family, and other things I love.

I want to invite you to join me there.  To share life with me in this special way.  Because even though we are not actual neighbors, this amazing technology allows us to share life.  And even though we are scattered all over the globe we can be in community.

I would so love you to be part of my MercifulDays journey.

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– Jus

New on MercifulDays: To Be Filled


TFilled squarehe sheer speed of those weeks made my heart race.  Each moment gone in a blink.  Each day like a breath.  Each night my dreams were of falling short.  And each morning I woke with words on my lips, “How can I do this?”

I felt like a bridge spanning two very different worlds.  A bridge stretched beyond it’s design.  And like our recent I-5 bridge collapse, I wondered what passing moment could cause my demise.

But I dared to believe, with just the smallest measure of faith, that Yahweh would fill my need. [Continue…]

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New on Merciful Days: Simeon


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Simeon’s story draws me in.  I’m intrigued by this “just a man” who ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit.  This past Sunday I had the honor of digging into Luke 2:25-35 with our church family.  [Continue…]

New on Merciful Days: Pulling Weeds


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He mindlessly pulled little weeds as we talked.  Before long there was a beautiful stretch of weed-free walkway.   He had not come to do weeding.  It happened on the side.  He didn’t even mention the weeds. No reference to. No criticism of.  No discussion about.  Maybe he didn’t even realize what he was doing.

After he left, I sat and looked at the freshly cleared path and saw a metaphor. [Continue reading…]

New on Merciful Days: Return On Investment

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It was late on Saturday night when I remembered the cupcake promise I’d made.  Ugh.  Graciously my incredible man offered to make the trip to the store to purchase the gluten-filled ingredients.  And then he stayed up and baked the 18 fluffy cupcakes because, even though I was the one who had promised to make them, I cannot be around flour.  The fine gluten dust makes my face and throat itch and swell.  An hour later, with bleary eyes, we left those glorious cupcakes cooling on a rack and I set my alarm to get up early.  Frosting was my job. [Continue…]

Introducing: Merciful Days


MercifulDays Quote 2Introducing:, a new blog about Food, Faith, Family, Things I Love.

ColoursofColor now has a new name and a new home.  Please join our MercifulDays community!  You can subscribe to follow at or

After a year of sharing my faith journey on my blog, ColoursOfColor, I wanted to share more.

I love to share life. I love to share journeys.  I love to share resources, ideas, short-cuts.  Anything that can help us thrive in our journeys as women, sisters, daughters, wives, mothers, learners, mentors.

Here’s the thing: I am not a “natural” in the home.  I am at home with our two little ones because we prayed and felt that’s what we should do.  It’s not because my husband earns enough.  It’s not because I feel women should.  It’s not because it’s my life dream.  None of those are true for me.  It’s simply because, as we prayed, I felt a deep-hearted compulsion for it.  I feel God has drawn me to journey with Him in this place for this season.  And with the Holy Spirit as my teacher, I am learning how to do it day-by-day.  Moment-by-moment.

I am not a “natural” in the kitchen. I cook by sense.  Smell, taste, sight.  I have a short attention span for following recipes.  Once I ended up baking cookies without flour.  I wouldn’t have done that if I’d been thinking my own thoughts instead of trying to follow a recipe.  And so I stopped using recipes.  A year ago I was diagnosed with an illness that requires a special diet: Gluten-Free, Cow-Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Sugars-Free, Can-Free.  Suddenly I had to start looking at recipes again.  I’ve had to relearn all the basics of cooking.  And learn about nutrition.  To provide nourishment for my family and for my healing body.

I’m not a “natural” in relationships. I have a deep yearning to share life and be in community but I am no good at it.  I don’t think any of us are.  Sharing our hearts and our days is tricky. Letting ourselves be fully seen and known is so risky.  So is knowing others and choosing to love them despite everything.  But there is no real life without community.  There is nothing more beautiful than the depth of life that comes from being intertwined with others.  So I keep trying.  And learn daily lessons about love, forgiveness, and mercy.

And so I want to share my journey of womanhood, wifehood, motherhood.  Of faith, and practicalities.  Of home, and kitchen, and relationships.  One day at a time.  Not getting discouraged by failings.  Not getting inflated by successes.  Starting fresh each day.  Washed by His new mercies every morning.

Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. (Lam 3:23 NLT)