Grace to receive God's delight in you - 4

Grace to receive God's delight in you - 4
Welcome to the 4th post in my Grace Series inspired by The Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: Grace. May you learn to see your self with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees you in every moment. - John O'Donohue I posted this quote on Facebook on Tuesday and was astonished at how so many (for me) people responded. It reminded me of when I sat with a group of women (early 20s to mid-seventies). I am in my 40s. I asked them if they believed God delighted in them. To my surp... [More]

How Grace redeems our needy places - 3

How Grace redeems our needy places - 3
Welcome to the 3rd post in my Let Grace Begin series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: Grace. California is in its fourth year of drought. We save our warm-up shower water in blue buckets to use outside. Our dog Bailey thinks we've super-sized his water bowls. Drought has made us more aware of water's preciousness; my needy places have made more grateful for grace. Thursday's rain seems especially sweet as I listen to a band of raindrops drum on our roof. I imagine the earth opening ... [More]

Grace to be where you are-2

Grace to be where you are-2
Welcome to the 2nd post in my Let Grace Begin series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: Grace. Lisha and I sat together at Amena Brown's workshop in the main room with "G R A C E" in caps, painted in soft pastels. Each table had a vase of spring flowers in shades of pink, white, lavender and pale yellow resting in a pastel wood tray, all made beautiful by Frances. When I told Frances how much I appreciated her creation of beauty everywhere I looked (even encouraging quotes on bathroom ... [More]

Let Grace Begin Series-1

Let Grace Begin Series-1
Last weekend, God gifted me with time at The Jumping Tandem Retreat where Deidra Riggs (chief instigator extraordinaire) exemplified its theme: Grace. I did not jump out of a plane as two friends asked (Really?). But I did jump off a telephone pole (while harnessed) to touch a hanging ball, an unplanned first. And I jumped into God's arms of grace as I experienced several new, scary-to-me things. More later. Since I can't compress all I experienced in one post, this begins my Grace Series wher... [More]

One way to celebrate Mother's Day (or a friend)

One way to celebrate Mother's Day (or a friend)
Our daughter sits across from me at our kitchen table. Her face fixed, shoulders hunched over as she works on a math problem. Sometimes she'll look up and ask a question or tell me about her day. I smile as her face lights up and when I listen to her talk. Maybe a similar scene plays out at your home. Sadly, many girls in the majority world don't receive an education. Those same girls often become women who live without basic needs such as a safe home, food and water, and a way to generate inco... [More]