Hope Smiles

“…but Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘It will be happier’…”

Alfred Tennyson, The Foresters, Robin Hood and Maid Marion




:) See you back here next year, Because of Grace!

A Last Word from the Sponsor for this year: “See I am doing a new thing” Isaiah 43:19

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Isaiah 43:19…. And God said, “See, I am doing a new thing!”

What is never out of style: Hebrews 13:8: Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

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This Weekend~December 28~Share Comfort

During this last weekend of 2012, may I ask you to do something? May I asked you to please give an extra special touch of comfort and peace to those who have lost a loved one this year, or in the past?

The holidays are so often a time of family gatherings and special memories, in addition to being a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior. It is a time of love and sharing. It is a time that brings fresh thoughts of those we love and dearly miss. It is a time that can leave some people feeling so lonely. Although, during Christmas, you may have supported a loved one who is grieving, there is a palpable letdown during this “in between” week.

Would you pray that the hurting, the grieving, and the lonely will feel God’s presence in their lives and the presence of the ones they are grieving in a real way? Perhaps they will hear a familiar song, or see a reminder, or hear similar words their loved one used to speak, or find a cherished momento. I recently was able to talk about my grandmother and her college days at Berkeley to a new friend who had not heard these stories. I felt my grandma right there with me, gently admonishing me to talk about something more important than her “little life”!

I pray that you will be God’s messenger and will fill that place in the hearts of those who are grieving with His peace and presence.

And while I am asking, would you pray for special grace and healing that only God can provide? Would you pray that memories will be sweet and precious and that any guilt in the minds of those who are grieving will be gone?

You may be just the one  to be there to encourage and bring cheer to any who are alone, and to one another.

Together, under His wings, we make it! With thanks and gratitude~

yellow bird


Previous weekend activities

Merry Christmas from Because of Grace

This Christmas, may you find~

Peace in the Chaos

Quiet in the Noise

Stillness in the Activity

Aspen Christmas by Janet

Aspen Christmas,
photo by Janet Zepeda

This Weekend~December 21 Last Minute Gift Suggestions

gift suggestions


And this: Does Santa Believe in Jesus by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Mid-Week Question of the Week~December 20

What would you like to be surprised by in 2013?

what would you like to be surprised by

This question caught my attention this morning.. It was in this blog post titled “The Return of Sentiment” by . Since I favor a visual style of learning, I made the little visual above. The process also gave me time to think about how I would respond.

I learn so much from you…how would you respond? What would you like to be surprised by in 2013?


Other questions to consider

Say Anything

Anything that annoys you is “for” teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is “for” teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is “for” teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is “for” teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is “for” teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is “for” teaching you courage to overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is “for” teaching you how to let go and trust…
~Jason Kiddard

love 1 Cor 13

Monday Words for the Soul~December 17

Let today be a day where you take nothing for granted. For life is fleeting, fragile and precious and can change on a whim. Say all the things you really want to say to your loved ones today, say the things you would regret should they pass on and your words remain unspoken. Rejoice, for you and they are alive today – and should you or them pass on to unknown shores, rejoice even more for you have a wonderful love story to tell. ~Jackson Kiddard


A Word from The Sponsor~December 16

Romans and Revelation

Remembering the families of Newtown, CT by DesiRay Lewis

Psalm 34:18


More Words from The Sponsor

This Weekend: Weep with those who weep

“Weep with those who weep.” ~ Romans 12:15

“Weep with those who weep.”

Monday Words for the Soul~ Audio

This week’s Monday Words for the Soul goes audio.
Amazon and NoiseTrade features calming songs and perky ones too which highlight the season with new melodies and lyrics.A free album download offered by Amazon–Free Christmas Music Sampler and Christmas at Home: Kids Christmas Free Sampler

For those readers with long work commutes or trips to Grandmas, here’s some Peppy Plus music from NoiseTrade
You can download it here: http://noisetrade.com/pastemagazine

My Favorites: Sleeping at Last-Snow~~~”life without revision will silence our soul…”
Sufjan Stevens ~~~ Deep Sea Diver  ~~~  The Rescuers ~~~ 

(and perhaps leave a little donation for the artists?)


Additional Words for the Soul

A Word from The Sponsor~December 9

Reposted from this post on December 11, 2011


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This Weekend~Don’t Dismiss You

A new artist for me …good lyrics…especially the part about not dismissing ourselves

“Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself because you don’t have to…” Yuna


“Don’t” is a word I try to avoid in conversation and writing. But writing around the word (Dismiss Not You/Avoid Dismissing You) dilutes the imperative. Yuna knew the best word. So it stands.

Perhaps, there is time for you to play the video again and read this sentiment from Brave Girls Club:

Think about when you were a little [person]. All of those hopes, dreams, and ambitions that were unique and wonderful and unabashed. What held you back as you grew older, from wanting or working for those tender dreams that grew through your soul from your first memories of having your own unique dreams?
Don’t be afraid to be the person that you thought you might grow up to be, that person that you dreamed of being — that amazing woman that you looked into the future to see when you were a little girl. Uncover those dreams again and believe in them. Shoot for what is deepest in your heart, and be the woman that you always wanted to be.

You are so loved. ~Brave Girls’ Club


More Weekend Things to try

Monday Words for the Soul~December 3

You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward

You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward

~it’s ok to exhale now~ :)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. ~Proverbs 3:4-7

Perhaps there is time to read this today: Five Practices to Stay Grounded During a Busy Season

Additional Words for the Soul

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A Word from The Sponsor~December 2

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who orders his way rightly
    I will show the salvation of God! ~Psalm 50:23


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