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

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