Tag: grace

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.10.2020

Praying for others can be a heavy task. I mean, we should pray for one another, right? But what if I don’t know what to pray? How can I pray for others whom I don’t see often and I don’t know what is happening in their lives? Paul gives us some great clues! How we …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.18.2020

I wrote the meditation on John 8, featured on 07.17.2020, for a women’s event. As I worked to finish it and find just the right words to express what I experienced as I read about this woman and her encounter with Jesus, I could not find a word to describe the sound a rock makes …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.17.2020

The writing that follows is my exploration of what it might have been like to be with Jesus the day the woman was brought to him. Read slowly, allow the images to assault your senses. Feel the heat, the dust, the morning sunshine. Hear the noise of Jesus’ laughter, the crowds at the temple, the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.16.2020

Jesus exemplified outrageous grace and mercy. While there are many illustrations of this quality, I am often drawn to the woman caught in the act of adultery. I have so many questions about this situation. According to the law, she and her partner should have been stoned. But where was he? Why was she only …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.15.2020

Years ago my neighbor’s son passed away. For too many years, the son turned to alcohol as a solace, essentially ruining his body. Finally, it just gave out. It sounds sad, and of course it was, except that along this route, the man said yes to Jesus and died at peace. My neighbor rejoiced that …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.14.2020

I don’t consider myself to be a reckless person. Bungee jumping, parachuting, sky diving, roller coasters — all of these seem reckless to me. These are things I might participate in but all of them are steeped in risk. I know there are others who would not consider these to be risky activities. I agree …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.13.2020

As I listened to this song I was arrested by this lyric “…fully known and loved by you. You won’t let go no matter what I do. And it’s not one or the other – it’s all truth and ridiculous grace to be known, fully known and loved by you.” What does ridiculous grace mean …

El Roi — THE GOD WHO SEES ME!

January 6, 2018 marked the beginning of one of the greatest, most courageous adventures of my life. Dave worked from home beginning in mid-2016 and in the winter months of 2017, January to March, he traveled to Florida often. The second winter (2018), we decided to rent a house in Bradenton, Florida which allowed us …

out of the chaos 04.23.2020

It is said grace is receiving what you do not deserve while mercy is not receiving what you deserve. Yesterday I experienced both. I decided to make my first trip to Costco in many weeks. My daughters and I banded together to make this journey. After all, there is strength in numbers, right? I offered …

Daily Reads 02.23.20

May your Sabbath rest today be filled with images of Jesus and pictures of hope firmly anchored in his love for you. Photo by Charlotte Noelle on Unsplash