Destiny In Bloom

Love with an Open Hand

Love with an Open Hand

posted on February 18th, 2013 / by Brittany Loose / 23 Comments

Why is it that the most challenging circumstances have a way of digging up the bones buried from seasons past? I thought I patched that thing up in my heart up ages ago. I thought I was so over it. Yet there I was, literally covering my mouth with my hands, “It will all be okay. Breathe, Brittany, breeeathe….” Words pierced like daggers, letting fear come flooding in through the huge, gaping hole that was left by them, and I sat there baffled at where all that pent up emotion crept in. I suddenly felt 21 all over again. Around six years ago, my mom received news that she had cancer—a day I’ll never forget. There are times in your life when you hear, you see, but all you ...

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Gardening Lessons from a City Girl

Gardening Lessons from a City Girl

posted on September 12th, 2012 / by Brittany Loose / 7 Comments

In these final days of summer, let us take a solemn moment to remember the first days of sunshine when we domestic divas got out our shovels, bags of dirt, and fresh blooms full of hope and promise. Even a city girl can learn a thing or two from digging her hands in the dirt to make something beautiful, and the lessons that followed taught me more about how the master Gardener seeks to cultivate life that is flourishing and abundant within us. Seasons and Climates Matter Have you ever planted something in the wrong season? It never fails; I always want peonies when they aren’t growing anywhere! Or perhaps you planted something that required full sunlight and you hid it somewhere ...

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Best of DIB: The Proverbs 32 Man

Best of DIB: The Proverbs 32 Man

posted on July 18th, 2012 / by Brittany Loose / 3 Comments

Often I have wondered how the Bible would read if there was Proverbs 32, a chapter written to display all of the glorious traits of the “ideal man”. Surely I’m not alone in this query, right? God’s final magnificent display of creation, a woman, was intricately fashioned with divine purpose, skill, and strength! She, too, was designed to reflect the image of God! An entire chapter of the Bible is devoted to sing the praises of the “ideal woman”, and yet—I’ve searched cover to cover, finding no such chapter for a man. Well … my curiosity got the best of me. What does an “ideal man” look like? Where may one look in the Bible to find one? Where are the ...

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Ruth Revisited

Ruth Revisited

posted on June 8th, 2012 / by Brittany Loose / 4 Comments

“Go back to where you came from, Ruth, while you still have a chance. I have nothing left to give you,” my mother-in-law pleaded with me. Oh, I could fill a riverbed with all the tears I have cried for her son. If only I could swim across it and touch his hand on the other side, if just for a moment. There are some days I still seem to forget: Mahlon is never coming home from the war. “No, I’m not leaving you! Please, Naomi! Please don’t force me to choose. Where you go, I’ll go, too--wherever that may be! Whoever become your people will be mine too. And your God will be my God. We’re in this for as long as we live!” So there I stood, in my late Mahlon’s ...

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Their Voices Will Be Heard

Their Voices Will Be Heard

posted on March 26th, 2012 / by Brittany Loose / 13 Comments

Thirty-nine pairs of shoes are laced up and bandages are replaced, again. Blisters cover the feet of these young women, but that will not stop them from continuing their remarkable journey on foot across the state of Texas. Their goal is simple (and did I mention inspiring?): 39 young women, each representing a year that abortion has been legalized, will walk and pray over 250 miles in the course of 21 straight days, starting at the largest abortion clinic in the western hemisphere (in Houston). They will travel, on foot, all the way back to the Dallas Courthouse where Roe vs. Wade, the case launching its legalization in our nation, began; their mission is to call this nation Back to ...

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Do You Know How Much This Is Worth?

Do You Know How Much This Is Worth?

posted on January 11th, 2012 / by Brittany Loose / 25 Comments

Annie’s turn signal clicked loudly as she guided her car into the parking spot where a half-lit neon pawnshop sign towered overhead. “I need to get that blinker fixed,” she thought as she wandered through the front door that was sticky to the touch and smelled of year-old french fries. She looked around a bit before approaching the man in the overalls behind the counter. Books. Old broken appliances. Costume jewelry fifteen years out of date. Everywhere Annie looked were heaps of cheap junk. She finally approached the man who, by this time, had lit up a pipe and was reading a dirty magazine. “Uh, excuse me, sir.” She stammered, awkwardly jingling her keys as she pulled a brown ...

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Calling All Reformers to Report for Duty

Calling All Reformers to Report for Duty

posted on October 31st, 2011 / by Brittany Loose / 19 Comments

Imagine with me that it’s a beautiful October 31 morning in the town of Wittenberg, Germany. The year is 1517, and there’s some guy out in front of the church with an old hammer in one hand, and he’s nailing something onto the door! Uh, isn’t he a monk? This was no ordinary day. Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses onto the door of Castle Church; and with each echoing hit upon the nail, his conviction-filled words seeped further and further into the wood, sparking the beginning of what we now know to be the Protestant Reformation. Reformation. Hmm, that’s a buzzword lately, but what exactly is it? By its simplest dictionary definition, it can be described as ...

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Caution: Roads are Slippery When Alone

Caution: Roads are Slippery When Alone

posted on August 17th, 2011 / by Brittany Loose / 30 Comments

“Table for one, please.” “Yes, just one. No, no--leave that other chair there.” “What? No, there’s nobody else coming.” Even with my eyelids shut I know this place all too well. Before me lies a beaten, narrow path of solitude, worn with my own footprints anxiously searching for the green grass beyond heartache and sorrow. When I open my eyes, I’m sitting cross-legged and barefoot on my bedroom floor, snotty-nosed and surrounded by piles of crumpled and tear-stained pages bearing the tales of dreams crushed and hopes deferred. As a young woman, I am still clumsily navigating through this often treacherous terrain of singleness, carefully balancing on an edge that ...

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The Proverbs 32 Man

The Proverbs 32 Man

posted on April 22nd, 2011 / by Brittany Loose / 18 Comments

Often I have wondered how the Bible would read if there was Proverbs 32, a chapter written to display all of the glorious traits of the “ideal man”. Surely I’m not alone in this query, right? God’s final magnificent display of creation, a woman, was intricately fashioned with divine purpose, skill, and strength! She, too, was designed to reflect the image of God! An entire chapter of the Bible is devoted to sing the praises of the “ideal woman”, and yet—I’ve searched cover to cover, finding no such chapter for a man. Well … my curiosity got the best of me. What does an “ideal man” look like? Where may one look in the Bible to find one? Where are the ...

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