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]

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015
May was an incredible month. My emotions sang every note at The Jumping Tandem Retreat, which inspired my Grace Series, which resumes after this post. This month's line-up begins and ends with Mary Karr's wisdom but includes a must-see video talk, a new album, book recommendation, tips on creativity, and a great definition of humility as modeled by Jesus. In no particular order:   1. I first fell in love with Mary Karr's writing after reading her memoir, Lit. I love Karr's honest hard-won w... [More]

Top 5 Things I learned about the Grace to Jump

Top 5 Things I learned about the Grace to Jump
Welcome to the 5th post in my Grace Series inspired by The Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: Grace. I signed up for the outdoor "Brave events" to get out of my comfort zone. I thought it was only a zip line based on friends' photos from two years prior. Wrong. (L-R) My brave sisters: Alleigh, Grace Sandra, Christy, me, and Tammy (my new friend/recruit to zip line with me). Thanks to Brandee Schafer for all the photos in my post. Photo taken by and used with permission of Brandee Shafer Photogr... [More]

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 yourself 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 surpr... [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 me 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]