When you mow a lawn...(& unexpected grace)

When you mow a lawn...(& unexpected grace)
I drive and listen to a man on the radio share how after he mowed his lawn, he felt God telling him to mow his neighbor's lawn, two doors away. I imagine him admiring the short green grass on his tidy lawn (assuming he's not in drought-stricken California) then looking at his neighbor's tall and straggly grass. He thought, "Why not?" since his mower was already out. Photo used with permission of: Kevin Dooley Later he discovered his neighbor had had a stroke. He said it was nothing to him, bu... [More]

Rejoicing and weeping

Rejoicing and weeping
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." - Romans 12:15 ESV Before I spooned oatmeal into my mouth this morning, I heard of the tragic shootings of 6 women and three men at a Wednesday night prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It felt surreal as we were traveling yesterday and I've been offline for most of our vacation. Photo used with permission of: Anna & MIchal My heart fell with a thud to the floor. Throughout the day, I've prayed, "Lor... [More]

How to experience grace now

How to experience grace now
My Grace Series ended but I can't stop looking for grace. Our girl is at school. I sit at our kitchen table and eat oatmeal topped with strawberries. I'm reading and thinking about what my day holds when it hits me: I am not being in the moment. My eyes don't notice blue and lilac-hued hydrangeas grace a cobalt blue vase. I forget to be fully present. I forget my life is a series of moments. And I want to be present for my life. If I want to experience grace in the moment then I need to p... [More]

Songs for your grace journey - 7

Songs for your grace journey - 7
This is the 7th and final post in my Grace Series. The Grace Series was inspired by how God broke me then restored me in unexpected ways during the Jumping Tandem Retreat. These two songs by Plumb reveal God's grace available to us when we feel needy. I like how she moves to a place of freedom as her songs progress. Photo used with permission of: Stefano Montagner Here's an excerpt from Plumb's song: Lord, I'm Ready Now: "I JUST LET GO. And I feel EXPOSED but it's so beautiful 'cause this is wh... [More]

Grace to trust you will be held - 6

Grace to trust you will be held - 6
Welcome to the 6th post in my Grace Series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: "Grace." God led me on more adventures than I imagined once I said, "Yes," to a retreat in Nebraska. In hindsight, jumping off a power pole was a warm-up for the bigger and scarier jump God called me to make on Saturday of the retreat. If I didn't trust the harness connecting me to a rope and the three people holding the rope to keep me from crashing, I wouldn't have jumped. Likewise if I didn't trust God and... [More]