January 25, 2014

Sweet Saving Grace

Today I am thankful for saving grace. And that saving grace can look different all through the day, every day. In the morning it's my mug of coffee, and at night it's my wonderful temperpedic bed with lots of blankets. But throughout the day it's encouraging words, cheesy toddler smiles, and enveloping husband hugs. Saving grace takes me from my loneliness, frustration, and despair, and lifts me to see the vast goodness of The Lord and this beautiful life that I have.

It's so easy to feel the strain of being pulled from circumstance to circumstance, need to need. But it is also so easy lighten our loads; to let all those worries worry themselves and enjoy whatever little detail shines its bright little self our way. That was a resolution I made, to find something little every day to make that day special. I forget most days, but I'm trying to make it a habit that I don't live day to day, annoyed that big goals are being met and I'm not saving enough money. But I can meet little goals, get a cup of coffee to sip while I do my grocery shopping, or I style my hair a new way. Something to set the experience of today apart from the experience of a hundred others. Note: the special things are 100% about what blesses you and not what sounds nice that other people do. For me coffee is always a blessing, FYI.

Maybe my mind calculates everything around me to be saving grace, and I'm too much of an optimist. Or maybe I just see myself in constant need of being saved, and am therefore a pessimist. Who really cares what I am?

I'm learning all the important hugs about not stressing the small (or big) stuff, enjoying, and being true to who I have been created to be. That is absolutely satisfactory for me.

January 19, 2014

Shaped Into Being

By default or design I am living each day.
Millions of things touched and seen,
Tools in my hands to use as I please.
Sharpening or shredding, into who I will be.

A million pieces of dreams, hopes, and wants
Collected from the millions of places I have been.
From a grand cathedral; crowded hall; crisp ocean breeze
Simple treasures that are shaping my being.

Like an arrow I desire to be cast,
Pointed straight ahead, with power and grace.
So the exhale of my life would bring to this world
The warmth of true Light, Love, and Peace.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.