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Stephanie Livengood
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Even the simplicity of life creates adventure.
Even the simplicity of life creates adventure.

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What do you typically think of when you hear about people giving gifts? If you’re like me, your mind probably goes to words like Christmas, presents, bows, wrapping paper, or shopping. Or maybe you thought of the stress of picking out the perfect gift.…
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Over the last month, I think I lost myself a bit. Between the fast paced, deadline riddled world of publishing and two deaths in my family, I didn’t feel like I had time to breathe. I still don’t think I’ve really taken time to sit back, take a deep…
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Tears don’t fall And I know why. There just seems to be  No reason to cry. We lost but a shell of a soul Since we really lost you A long time ago– This is not true death, I know. I hold on to the good– A love of chocolate cake, The North Carolina…
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Sometimes life seems neat, crisp, clean, spotless, put together. You get the idea. And in those times, some side of me completely rebellious to my need for order, decides it’s time to throw something off kilter. No matter how small. Today, that came in…
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When a part of your childhood dies—be it a relative, moving to a new place, reaching a certain age, coming to terms with a new reality—part of you crumples up on the floor alongside the dying. Loss is a heavy, confusing thing. As a Christian, I don’t…
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A few weeks ago, I cried over dinner. No, it didn’t burn. Yes, it was delicious. No, I didn’t have to cut onions. It was just one of those days when the stresses and the no’s in my life caught up with me. I put my head in my hands and sighed. I had just…
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You know that cute pair of shoes you bought to go with that little black dress a few years ago, and then never wore again? Sigh. Add them to the pile of things to go to Goodwill. What about those stuffed animals you’ve had since you were little, in that…
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Lord, You are good. And I want to praise You. I want to thank You for the now and the not yet, for the no’s and the yeses. I want to praise You simply because You are. But in my selfishness, I struggle. My heart beats two rhythms—the one that wants to…
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Living well requires looking at life from several angles and distances. Like viewing the world through my camera’s different lenses, stepping back or zooming in, or panning out wide helps me to see parts of the whole picture in great detail or catch a…
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I tell myself to grow up and move on, Because tears have no place in a strong heart. Buy maybe it’s the strong heart that cries, as it captures the feelings before it dies. Maybe those tears will embody my fears and pain, Slowly cleansing and washing them…
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