I breathe deeply, and certainty enters into me like light, like a piece of science, and curious music seems to hum inside my fingers.
Is there a single person on whom I can press belief?  No sir.  All I can do is say, Here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw. I’ve been there and am going back. Make of it what you will. ~Leif Enger, Peace Like A River.


You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.  You probably wouldn’t even have believed me had you been there.  But sometimes, the combination of weather and circumstance and near perfect humanity will leave you feeling like you’ve witnessed a miracle.  And I needed one in the worst way.


Not because of anything insurmountable but mostly because I’m like you—a regular old unbeliever.


I doubt, I whine.  My faith fades like it’s been washed in bleach.


I’m always teetering, falling, flailing.  Losing my grip.


But, then grace overwhelms.

Mercy rains down.

Beauty breaks in.

The sun pours out its extravagant light on every last thing.


We are stewards of a string of magnificent moments in a land that is fairer than day.

And we’re not even home yet.


I believe.  Lord, help my unbelief.


56 comments on “Fairer Than Day”

  1. Thank you, Edie, for sharing that glimpse of heaven you experienced this weekend. I, too, struggle with little faith. I know that I know, and I still wish I would hold fast to that faith. God knows our struggles and still loves us with unconditional love. Have a blessed and peacefilled week!
    Learning to trust,

  2. One of my favorite books ever! Our dog, Swede, was named after the little girl Leif wove in “Peace Like a River”. That final description of arriving….ahhhh. Your photos have that feeling, too. Thanks for sharing a bit of breathing room. Lovely.

  3. Beautiful, Edie! Beautiful pictures, beautiful words, Thanks for reminding us that we can find the glorious in the everyday!

  4. These are the types of posts that make me eager to get my hand on that book He is helping you write 🙂 I mean that in a very loving and encouraging way Edie!!!

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  6. Thank you for the passage from the book you shared. I have not heard of it, so I am going to check on it today. Hoping to find it in paper 🙂
    Your words & pictures compliment each other perfectly.
    I, like Kelly, am eager to read your book.
    Beautiful weekend.
    Thank you for sharing
    Have a wonderful day 🙂

  7. Lovely post, Edie! We live in a beautiful, broken world. Sometimes the brokenness overwhelms us, but at other times Jesus gives us glimpses of His beauty that knock us off our feet. Both the beauty and the brokenness make us all the more eager for Heaven.

  8. Edie, I am shocked that you struggle with your faith too. Lately I am the one to do that, but I’m good right now. We are all the same with faith it seems. That is reassuring to me believe it or not. Your words are beautiful. Yes, we truly are witnessing miracles everyday.
    And no, I don’t think you are like me. You are far wiser than I am, and that’s why I come to this space of yours. To soak up some wisdom wrapped in beautiful words.

  9. Beautiful! Really wish now that I had figured out how to stow away in your car. I could have used a good dose of that this weekend.

  10. I felt that way this weekend too. Like everything was just beautiful and miraculous and sublime. My girls were loving to one another, no arguing, while we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather with a cool breeze in the air. I kept looking around me to see if anyone else felt the love of God like I did in the atmosphere. So palpable!

  11. Edie, that is absolutely beautiful! I have days like that and all you want is some affirmation, a sign from above, that you are worthy and that all is awesome around you, we just have to believe and open our eyes wider and see all the glory that God has provided us.

    Thanks for your writing and photos, keep up the great work. And thanks for sharing your like with us.

  12. We are stewards of a string of magnificent moments in a land that is fairer than day…..just so beautiful. You are such a gift. Thank you♥

  13. That is one beautiful place you have there! Something about that first picture makes me think of where the Hobbits live in Lord of the Rings….and I mean that as a compliment! Just gorgeous…..makes me want to go there 🙂

  14. Probably my favorite novel of all time…okay, a three way tie with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Divorce. Leif Enger is actually a family friend of ours and such a dear, sweet, inventive man. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Amen, sister. All of us going through life doubting like Thomas, denying like Peter, seeking our own glory like the arguing 12, or like Martha, too busy to choose the one good thing….
    “I believe, but help my unbelief.” –how I have always so deeply treasured those words…
    Keep basking in His undeserved grace.
    Growing with you, Joanna

  16. Lovely, isnt it amazing how God knows when we need a glimpse of the beauty he has created? Thanks for sharing, Edie. You are an inspiration to me as another mom that gave up the coorporate world to be with my kids full time!

  17. You don’t know me and I don’t know you. But I stumbled onto your blog and this post is beautifully written. I am also “teetering, falling, flailing. Losing my grip.” Your words are true and real and filled with hope. Thank you for the hope.

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  19. wow, this is a little bit of grace right on my computer. Seriously I need to copy this and keep it close to me. You have no idea what grace it is to know that other believer’s have doubts too.

  20. I’m a brand new seer of your site. I’m a Southern transplant in the great Northwest. I get lonely for a certain cadence of speech sometimes. My friend Sandy sees my soul and linked me over to you. She says we’re peas in a pod. After seeing your life on line, I smiled deeply at the compliment. Thanks for living outward.

    I’ve just started blogging out of sheer, I don’t know, compulsion? Have no idea what I’m doing, but when I saw your blog it felt like home. Thank you!


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