Grace for Today – Remembering

Three years ago today, I lost my best friend and mom to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. momandme

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her.

Miss her.

Long to see her just one more time.

Have one more Saturday morning with Krispy Kreme donuts.

One more birthday dinner of boiled shrimp.

One more milkshake. Piece of cake. Ice cream.

Chocolate pie.

One more walk on the beach looking for the perfect shell.P1000044One more sunrise or sunset. Just right over the water.

Making memories with her boys.

P1000872I know today she is dancing in heaven with my daddy! And, I know that she is having the time of her life.

I still miss her.

But, I know that one day soon I will see her again.IMG_20110507_150545

So, I rejoice in her life, her memory and the legacy she left behind.

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2-3

 

 

 

Grace by the Book – Thanks

Today we celebrate the men and women of the armed forces who have served. Are serving, and will serve so that that we can live in the home of the brave and the land of the free.

From one proud American to all of you…

Thank you!

memorial-dayA nation that does not honor its heroes, will not long endure. – President Abraham Lincoln

You can rest!

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

A few weeks ago I attended a women’s retreat and as part of the service, we were asked to write on a card the things in our lives that were weighing on us. Those things we couldn’t seem to give up. To give to God. Then we were asked to place them in a bowl and to walk away from them taking with us a card that contained a message for us from God.

Mine read, “You can rest.”

And, it included these verses from Matthew.

I have the card on my refrigerator where I can see it every time I walk into my kitchen. I also wrote the message in my Bible and have it on a card at my desk.

You know why, right?

It’s hard for me, as a woman, – wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, employee, volunteer – to do that.

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If I’m still, I feel like I’m neglecting someone or something that needs me.

But, even Jesus rested.

Jesus recognized the importance of getting away and taking the time to recharge and rejuvenate so that he could give the best of himself to those who needed and still need him.8ab8cd842c647e08262b5e6cf3f315ab

My prayer is that I can learn to do the same. And, that you can too.

Let’s take our cue from Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

May we rest in him and share with him the burdens of our hearts.

 

 

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“But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:16

He’s waiting.

Grace for today – Grief

When we can’t make sense of the tragic things that happen in life.

When the loss of someone’s child brings you to your knees.

When the world just doesn’t seem to make sense.

And when we really just want to ask why.

There are no words.

Bur there is this.

 

With thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Elizabeth Butler.

“My God is so big, so strong and so mighty!”

Do you know this children’s song?

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I hadn’t thought of it in years until our friends were over last weekend with their three year old. He’s just learned the words to “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty!”

And as we sang it with him on Sunday night, the words resonated with me anew.IMG_1052

All week I’ve had the tune stuck in my head and I’ve found myself singing it as I go about my day.

But, not until today did it finally hit me.

God gave me this song for this week to remind me that no matter how big the Goliath in my life, my God is bigger.

I finished reading Chapter 7 of “Stressed-Less Living” today.

And I smiled.

My God is bigger.

Than Goliath,

or broken relationships,

or addictions

or families in crisis

or the lost job

or the Prodigal Son who has turned his back on God.

Bigger than tornadoes.

Bigger than terrorist attacks.

Bigger than storms of whatever kind.

My God is SO Big!

As I finished up the chapter today, I read through the entire chapter of Psalm 43.

It sums up this concept perfectly.

I printed it out and made copies.

One for my journal.

One for my desk at work.

One for my mirror in my bathroom and

one for my fridge.

Read the words and let the reality of just how big our God is clothe you in his mercy and grace.

Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
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Attitude is Everything!

“Worrying cannot change a thing, but faith can change everything.” Tracie Miles

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I woke up this morning with a bad attitude! From the moment I rolled out of bed I was in a mood. I didn’t want to go to work. I didn’t want to see the people I work with. I wasn’t in the mood to spend another day feeling like no one appreciated me or even knew I existed.

So I grumbled, groaned, showed up a few minutes late and spent most of my day with the door to my office closed.

Then, I read Chapter 7 of “Stressed-Less Living”.

I underlined almost the entire chapter.

I reread the story of David and Goliath a couple of times.

Because, I sometimes compare myself to him.

God tells me what he wants me to do.

And I question him.

I thought David did that, too.

But not this time.

When David went to see his brothers the Bible says “David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.? I Samuel 17:22.

No hesitation. No question.

He saw what needed to be done and he did it.

He didn’t question why. He didn’t ask if someone else could do it.

He just did it.

I want to be like that.

I want to hear God and do.

I don’t want my attitude to be such that God can’t work through me and in me.

I will embrace the verse from Philipians 4:7-8

 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So, tomorrow morning, I am going to wake up with a new attitude.

Because,

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an endthey are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24grace-736162

Grace for the Weekend

My husband and I babysat both our grandsons yesterday. A day full of toddler and baby fun. We agreed, there’s a reason God gives children to the young. After a day of chasing around a 3 year old and a 9 month old we were both exhausted.

But today is a new day! We are ready for new adventures. Being in God’s house, riding our bikes, dinner with our family.

Now that’s a great weekend!942124_472432126171031_645962398_nDSC00181DSC00089Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I pray that you are finding God in all you do.

May you see his handiwork in the people in your life, the places you visit and the meals you enjoy.

And, may He always be present with you in all you do.

“Remain in him, and he will remain in you.” John 15:5

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