A GOOD WORD
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Cinderella. Her life was bleak— a cold, gray world of obligation and poverty. But a good word changed everything. A good word can remind us of who we are or who we want to be. It can bring color flooding back into the black and white world that imprisons us. It can awaken wonder. A good word transforms the hearer.

INKLING THE SQUIRREL
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Lucilla sat for hours in the twisty tree. There she listened to Inkling, the Woodland King, tell tales ofgirls and boys, dragons and towers, castles and courage. But her favorite stories of all were of the Night Rabbit— that mysterious rescuer who springs from the shadows, leaving a trail of sparkling hope behind him.

LISTEN!
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If you listen faithfully, you’ll hear the robin’s song. And if you let it lead you, you’ll find a robin throng. A whole congregation singing joyfully, in a bird sanctuary In a spanish moss tree!

LEAP WITH THE FROGS
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Dance with the butterflies, buzz with the bees, hop with the bunnies, sway with the trees. Twirl with the wildflowers, jump with the trout, waltz with the dandelions—try it all out! Sing with the birds, leap with the frogs, stretch with the kitty cats, run with the dogs. All of this, up in the blue—I can do it, and so can you!

HOP WITH THE BUNNIES
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Dance with the butterflies, buzz with the bees, hop with the bunnies, sway with the trees. Twirl with the wildflowers, jump with the trout, waltz with the dandelions—try it all out! Sing with the birds, leap with the frogs, stretch with the kitty cats, run with the dogs. All of this, up in the blue—I can do it, and so can you!
 

WALTZ WITH THE DANDELIONS
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Dance with the butterflies, buzz with the bees, hop with the bunnies, sway with the trees. Twirl with the wildflowers, jump with the trout, waltz with the dandelions—try it all out! Sing with the birds, leap with the frogs, stretch with the kitty cats, run with the dogs. All of this, up in the blue—I can do it, and so can you!

LITTLE BY LITTLE
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Little by little spring creeps in, chasing away the icy winds—bringing blooms to the cherry tree, where I sit watching happily.

IN THE HALL OF THE MUSHROOM QUEEN
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My brother and I were making believe in the woods behind our house, when we heard a voice talking low and ordering someone about. My brother and I crept quietly, and peaked from behind a tree. There on a mossy throne of rock, we saw the Mushroom Queen. We spied on her for half an hour arguing what to do, when suddenly we realized she was spying on us too! 

RESCUE FROM THE OLD SONG
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The old song was one of creaking limbs and cold torrents of air. It held the forest captive. The trees were bare, nothing bloomed, and all seemed dead as a snapped twig. A girl grew up in this sad, lonely place and the old song filled her heart. One day a bird flew into the forest—a simple brown bird—not much to look at. But as the bird sang, it’s song filled the forest like water fills an empty cup all the way to the brim, and it overflowed into the girl’s heart. And everything changed. 

A MEETING OF MINDS
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Don’t you love those blue-sky days when the clouds are extra puffy and the birds are singing all around? It was just such a day, the first day of Fall, when a little girl noticed a large blackbird eyeing her from way up high in her favorite climbing tree. It was only a bit peculiar how carefully he watched her, and only slightly more peculiar how desperately he sang as he watched. But it was wonderfully strange when his song turned to words calling her up! up! up! He sang: 

Come, be swift!
Not a second to lose!
Climb barefoot—
Never mind your shoes.
I need your help.
There’s little time.
Climb up and we’ll have
A meeting of minds!”

WONDER
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Have you ever felt small and insignificant? It’s an unpleasant sensation. For me, it comes when I compare myself to other people who are more successful or beautiful or impressive than I. But have you ever felt that magical sort of smallness that comes from standing at the base of an enormous blue-green mountain? Or staring up into the branches of an ancient, mossy tree? That is a different kind of feeling. It’s the kind that whispers, “You’re small and special. You’re a tiny treasured part of a vast and beautiful plan.”

DRAWING NEAR
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Have you ever seen fireflies lighting up one bit of woods while the rest of the forest remains dark? I wonder what draws them to one place over another? The two children in this painting are drawing near to just such a spot. A point of land across the water is lit up like Fairyland. It has called them to come and explore. The night is dark but their eyes are fixed on the lights ahead. What will they find when they set foot in that sparkling place?

ELSEWHERE
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Some children are constantly reminded to pay attention. Their minds just won’t stay in the room with them. Their thoughts wander from the classroom, out the window, to a place that I call Elsewhere. It’s an underrated and generally unwanted talent to to travel so swiftly with one’s mind. But what adventures those children are having at the moment their classmates are copying a mathematical formula from the blackboard! They might be on the high seas with pirates, or wandering through a magical village beneath a mysterious mountain. I wonder...what if someday classes are offered to unimaginative children on The Art of Daydreaming? Then some kids will be told many times a day to stop paying attention. I’ll tell you where you can find classes like that—Elsewhere.

PRAYERS FOR THE CITY
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What a beautiful sight— way up high—looking down on the city below. From so far away, you can't see the messiness of everyday life. But it's there. Inside the houses, down the streets, in backyards, and alleys, in cars and under trees—people are in need. What if we prayed for the people as we passed by? If we remembered to pray, what amazing things might come next?

 

BLESSED ARE THE FEET
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(Featured in my book "And The Light Comes In")
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Most days, I go about my life focused mainly on the things and people around me, and whatever tasks are at the top of my to-do list. I usually don’t live my life as though it’s a story unfolding on a turning blue-green planet in the middle of glittering outer space. The amazing fact that I or anyone else exists at all rarely crosses my mind. I wish it occurred to me more often. If it did, I would likely be a little more bold with the storyline of my life. I think we all have important things to say and do—encouragement to give, forgiveness to offer, hope to share. That’s what this painting is about. The boy is awake to the fact that he has a role to play in the world around him. He’s being bold and courageous.

INVITATION TO WONDER
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(Featured in my book "And The Light Comes In")
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GLOW
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The lights in this tree are stubborn. They insist on burning their low, steady light in celebration of life. Life—with its green, growing hope. The lights won’t wait for blades of grass to reach up from the ground. They won’t wait for leaves to dot the branches of the twisty tree or for the sun to break through the gloom. They celebrate now—in the hazy darkness—because they know that dawn is coming.