Soul-Searching

Last week I shared about living grace-giving. As I was contemplating the verses of Matthew 7:1-6, I took some time do some journaling, to do some soul-searching. I spent time considering the planks and specks in my life, looking at my own sinfulness. It was hard, but let me share what I learned. At first, [...]

Learning to Live Out Grace

Living out grace doesn't come naturally. The days around Christmas and the beginning of 2020 have been very busy, and in the midst of it all there was an important lesson to be learned. One morning I was reading Matthew 7:1-8 and the first part really grabbed my attention. It is the scripture that tells [...]

Grace Given

Jesus, our Savior, is born! All praise and glory to God, our Heavenly Father, for giving us such a wondrous gift! Jesus, our Immanuel, God with us. He is grace embodied. Grace given, Christ came and died for our salvation, giving His life for you and me. But it all started with the baby in [...]

God’s Grace for My Journey

It is a cool morning, I woke early and came outside with one of our cats. Her name is Oreo, named before we got her. She was a wandering stray. She loves being outside, but we never allow her to run loose for fear she would get hurt. So, we put her in a cage [...]

The Luxury of Lingering

My goal of recalibrating life is leading me to desire simplicity in everything. Last month the sermon series at my church concentrated on the subject of prayer. Prayer can be a complicated part of life mostly because of our personal understanding and expectations of it. Too often prayer becomes a time of laying out a laundry [...]

Cultivating a Peaceful Heart

My life has been anything but peaceful the past few weeks. It has been crazy busy as I am helping my mom get moved into a safer environment. I had forgotten how much there is involved in a move. Especially when it is a move requiring downsizing and there is so much left in the [...]

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

"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 [...]

Acceptance and Belonging

Romans 15:7 tells us, "Therefore accept one another just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God."   Do you long for acceptance and belonging? I know that I do. We as humans generally want to feel that we are a part of something, we need to know that we have a place. [...]

Freedom in Grace

Romans 6:14-18 "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. What then" Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means... But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient form [...]

The Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4:16 "Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Doesn't that verse just make you sigh a breath of relief? It's like you have been walking around carrying a boulder on your back and then [...]