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  • Writer's pictureLeanne W. Smith

A heart to know

Seeing 2020: Blogging from Italy as a new day begins...about life, art, writing, and the unexpected roads traveled.

God's gifting to man is everywhere

"My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." Psalm 45:1 Isak Dennison wrote, "I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills." Someday I'll look back and say, "I had an apartment in a Villa in Florence west of the Piazzale Michelangelo." Rain is currently misting the cypress trees outside my window like snow falling on cedars. 

Everywhere I look here, on a well-traveled street where a local artisan has given us the temporary gift of his talents, to asparagus ferns in storefront boxes, to pasta and paninis perfected, gelato (because why wouldn't you have a gelato?), to my daily Bible reading in Psalms, I see evidence of God's gifting to man. Every day I'm learning new words. Santo, santo, santo. Holy, holy, holy. I find myself asking God to give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand at least a portion of the marvel all around me. From Florence with love.


Exciting announcement! Faithful Daughter, a beautiful collection of essays on mother/daughterhood edited by my friend Ami McConnell releases March 2 from @DaySpringCards. Yours truly (that's me) wrote one of the essays about my mother, Joan, the woman who taught me to love words, and who shows all in our family how to live life with courage and compassion. Consider getting a copy for the special women in your life. Hear Ami talk about #FaithfulDaughter March 4 at 6:30pm @ParnassusBooks.

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