A Catalyst to Faith

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If you are a new Upcycled Jane reader, there’s a pivotal part of my story you may not know. Or at least not all of it. It’s not my whole story, but a loss volcano that erupted suddenly- searing and disruptive- serving as the catalyst to foundational faith, freedom, peace, and the most authentic joy that I thought only existed in Pollyanna-type movies. …

Truth be Told

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Tuesday nights at the Pogue Cottage are Taco Tuesdays. Please Jesus, let there be guacamole and margaritas involved. And after the kids have one more drink of water, one more kiss, one more ‘I have to go potty’ (really child, do you save it all for this moment right here?) they finally sleep. One day we’ll miss this. Or not. And …

Tension & a focused Arrow

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A friend of mine recently got beautiful arrow tattoos on her wrist representative of her family and her walk with God at the center. She shared that “the purpose of an arrow is to be propelled forward, however in order to do that effectively, there has to be tension. Backwards is ultimately what moves the arrow forward.” She said when she feels …

Feeling Blue This Christmas? A Re-Post: Holiday Panes

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Beyond excited for Christmas this year, or feeling blue? It was around the dessert-heaped coffee table at our Downton Abbey marathon, that we talked of the upcoming holiday. Of anticipation and dread. Some eager, others just not feeling it. Megs chimed in about that morning at her church; how the pastor had spoke on joy. But before he did, he acknowledged …

Becoming New

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Mom, what are you thinking about? He takes my hand on a neighborhood walk. I’m thinking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I say. You see, I feel tight in my skin. As if I’m outgrowing who I used to be so I can make room to become something new. Do you ever feel that? That tight-in-your-skin sensation? Similar to in The Very …

GODsense

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GODsense: An eternal awareness and desire to experience God’s Presence in each of the five senses TODAY. I was made mindful of GODsense in the early days and weeks of loss. Let’s be honest, it was the first time in my life, I had nothing to give anyone. Including God. I wasn’t jumping out of my bed to meet Him. I wasn’t reading my Bible or …

Join the Thanksgiving Countdown

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Happy Monday dear friends! Today was one of those mornings I woke, expectancy buzzing in the air. I actually showered and dressed before 8am. It’s a Christmas miracle,  I tell you. With Tanner at school by 8am and an hour with Ty before he starts at 9am, I’ve been thinking much about time with them. Not simply doing things for them, or …

When Loss Hits at Preschool Orientation

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Dad, It was at Ty’s preschool orientation, a nostalgic intimate sanctuary setting, that I thought of you. The pastor welcomed parents, then shared about the day before, when he’d accompanied his 3 year old grandson on his first day of preschool. Together, they met the teacher, and then the pastor laid on the floor with the little boy, racing cars and building roads, …

For everything there is a season, and all that sort of truthful nonsense

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Can I get a hand in the air if anyone else’s week has been sprinkled with crazy? Are you feeling a bit thready and overwhelmed? If one more person tells you, This is just a season, are you tempted to gouge your eyes out with an ice cream spoon? By the show of hands, it’s safe to assume we’ve all sat in the uncomfortable-overwhelmed …