Sunday, November 25, 2018

Everyone Needs A Grace Squad

I felt low...

then each one of them
came by and offered

something
of value

family
friendship
sisterhood
freedom
strength

so I

asked them
presented them
introduced them

and grace took over from there

proving just

how...
why...

everyone
needs

a

Grace Squad!
(missing one... but still "Graced Up")

A Season of Thanksgiving

Last year we
let Thanksgiving linger

(read that post here)

because...

Thanks
Giving

is more than just a day

it is

an entire season
an entire lifetime

of

stopping
noticing
noting

saying "thank you"
for...

family
friends
faith

supply
resource
provision

acknowledging
that as...

the world
rushes about

the wind
rushes in

so that each day
we can say "thank you"

for

peace
love
joy

and

(of course)

double
grace

Thanksgiving 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Crunching Leaves (My Thanksgiving Repost)

We held hands
shared apple pie
and crunched leaves

in the hospital courtyard

I believe that it was his way of letting me know it was ok

to...

keep moving
keep living
keep enjoying the moments of life

even though we had to leave her there... again

Doctors were giving up
but 36 years later, and yet she lives



she lives
I live
we live...

all because He lives

This time of year always reminds me
(that just like those leaves)

we are still here for

a reason...
a season...

And as they start 

turning beautiful colors
falling off of trees
and blowing in the wind

they float to a soft landing where they wait for

that final crunch
that final "surrender"
that final "thank you"

Life is like that...

we grow
we mature
we change

and just as we are starting to get the hang of it
it is time for us to let go and sail away with the wind

That's what life and crunching leaves is all about...

understanding and acknowledging

the surrender
the process of dying out to bad habits and old ideas
the letting go of one's self and becoming selfless...

in preparation for that final crunch

We are always reminded of that during this time of year

And as life keeps changing

leaves keep

turning
falling
blowing

I am reminded that I am still here for a reason, a season

and so as they surrender,
so do I

because

I am grateful for...

another day
another chance
another opportunity to

hold hands
share apple pie
and crunch leaves

I'm So Thankful

(originally posted 11/14/13)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Only Thing That Matters

So it goes...

we live
we laugh
we learn

we meet
we share our lives
we build relationships

all because

He lived
He healed
He taught

He introduced Himself
He shared and gave
His life

to cultivate a relationship with us
so we may know Him

Grace Showed Up

and that's all good
that's all great

but at the close of the day

the first thing that will matter
the only thing that will matter

is
if

we have also

cultivated a relationship with Him
so that He may know us

Matthew 7:21-23

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Invitation to Live

Dear friend
you 

fret about the future
regret things from the past

let too many of

your days
your moments
your lives

slip by without notice

you fail to show grace because
you fail to receive it

But friend
you

cannot control the future
cannot change the past

you do not know what tomorrow will bring
or if it will even come at all

So friend
you

should just commit
to showing up

today

here
now

R.S.V.P
to His invitation to

live
contribute
be

unapologetically
you

fully and completely
whole

John 7:37

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Introducing My "Grace Squad"

I went in low...

felt like the Lord literally propped me up with a stick and said, "wait here"

then moments later
one by one

they each stopped by and
brought something different

and

I decided...
I needed...

to declare them
my official

"Grace Squad"
because everyone needs one


___________________________________________

Stephanie is a Breast Cancer survivor
who lives brave and free
documents grace

and shares it


she represents
resilience, survival, strength
__________________________________________

My good friend Nedra and I share a secret language and

although I never know exactly
what to expect when we are together

I always know exactly
what to expect when we are together

laughter
and love

every
single
time

she represents
sisterhood
___________________________________________

Jillian is...

my younger cousin
my little sister
my "first baby"


so all day
every day 

she represents
family
___________________________________________

Joey and I have been friends since Junior High 

walked home from school together
sent kids to school together

so much history
I cannot tell it all

simply put...

she is one of the strongest women I know and

she represents
friendship
___________________________________________

Bijan's smile and laughter
spreads joy

 
she's a creative visionary

singer
writer
photographer

professional makeup artist

and owner of HER INNER BEAUTY

she represents
beauty and freedom
___________________________________________

These ladies exude grace 
and I am grateful for each of them

This is my "Grace Squad"

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Jesus Smelled Good

She was about three at the time...

the day

my daughter
and I

walked up to the altar
after Bible Class to speak to our Pastor

he saw us coming
and waited for us

The next day as my daughter was preparing for nap
I sat next to her rubbing her back

when just as she dozed off

her

sweet
little
voice

whispered

"Mommy, last night at Bible Class... Jesus smelled good"

I blinked
then smiled

realizing in that brief moment

that she had mixed up

the man with
the message

She thought our Pastor was Jesus
and although I corrected her

that

sweet
little
whispering voice

has stayed with me for years

"Jesus smelled good"

and I realize that she was on to something...

we should all "be" Jesus

as

we live
we work
we interact

passing one another throughout the day

the fragrance of God should be upon us

sweet
fresh
vibrant

to awaken

the senses of those around us
and linger