A word from The Sponsor~March 31~Keeping Promises

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
~ Psalm 31
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. ~ 1 Peter 2:24
We’ve been fetched. We’ve been invited to go where we are not qualified to go, and we’ve gone inside on credentials that aren’t even our own.  So, this is grace. ~Jennifer Dukes Lee
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~John 15:13
Jesus was heckled and pursued by hypocritical men who would not rest until they killed Him, primarily because He challenged their self-satisfying life and traditions. Jesus laid down His life because He had no other greater way to show His great love for me.
~Jody Neufeld
You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. ~Psalm 119:114
Here I am all these thousands of years later, a child of God with a covenant relationship with my LORD because He kept His promises
~Jody Neufeld
When you are tired and wondering why He came, please remember…
 We are no longer prodigals
Because of Grace

This Weekend~Good Friday Because of Grace

Toward the end of Passion Week and remembering what was, this weekend, please pause, Take in the Sacred and Significant moments of this weekend and Look Up

Angel Picture in Bryant Park, NY by Helen Teague

Passion Week, (from 2011):
And my trusted friend reminded me. “It is Passion Week”, he said. The last holiday spent together in my “what was” of memories was Easter of last year. Maybe last Easter was the last holiday before your diagnosis. Or before your loss. Or before your pain. In the time of “what was.”

His Sacrifice Still Is.

There is beauty in His sacrifice. You may say you do not understand it and to that I reply, “Good for you!” Because if understanding distances you from the Beauty of Passion Week and His unselfishness and in any way allows you to maintain controlled manageability, I would not want that for you

It is Good Friday…Because of Grace


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Midweek Question of the Week~March 27~Authentic Lack

The question Jesus asked so long ago is also a question for us

Luke 22:35

And a quote from a gratitude post on We Love Gratitude:

We and life are spectacularly complex.  Often we do not get our way, which I hate, hate, hate.  But in my saner moments I remember that if we did, usually we would shortchange ourselves.  Sometimes circumstances conspire to remind us or even let us glimpse how thin the membrane is between here and there, between birth and the grave, between the human and the divine.  In wonder at the occasional direct experience of this, we say, Thank You. ~ Anne Lamont, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Jesus’ question to His apostles follows His prediction that Peter would betray Him. I wonder, are my similar betrayals of Christ born out of a feeling of lack or emptiness? Might I instead (re)turn to thanks and gratitude ?


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Monday Words for the Soul~March 25~Social Synapse

If you take a group of people and look at those who live longer and do better and are healthier, you’re going to find that these are the ones that
*1.) engage in positive relationships,
2.) volunteer
3.) that have pets that they touch and hug,
4.) and who have people around them who support them.
They’ll also be the people who have
5.) a positive social role, because that need to contribute never goes away.
I think that one of the biggest problems with aging is that people’s roles are removed, which is essentially the kiss of death.
~Louis Cozolino in this post Life on the Edge of the Social Synapse

*(I added the numbers because the order of numbers comforts me)

Louis Cozolino is a psychologist and psychology professor at Pepperdine University. His 2006 book, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, focuses on how attachment relationships work to shape the human brain.


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A word from The Sponsor~March 24~one week and a new Jerusalem minute

Psalm 121:5
Psalm 121:5 on Pinterest

What a difference a week makes. As we were driving to church on this surprisingly cold morning in March, I spoke with my daughter about the pendulum changes of the past week. I had finished two big projects, received two new writing projects, learned about tablet computers, had a dear friend stay with us and welcomed a client to our town. Circumstances are much more favorable this week than last.

Jesus also experienced pendulum changes as well. Palm Sunday commemorates His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, with large crowds happily welcoming Him and children heralding His visit with palm branches.

“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ‘Hosanna in the highest!'” ~Matthew 21:9

Matthew 21:9

We often speak of things changing in a “New York minute.” In a Jerusalem minute, circumstances for Jesus would change markedly and tragically in the next week as one of His chosen disciples would betray Him, sell Him out, and help in His arrest and fake trial. The crowds would turn on Him. Within a week He would endure the ultimate betrayal from men.

But not from God.
The Lord will guard you; He is by your side to protect you. Psalm 121:5

Circumstances would again change in a “New Jerusalem minute.” During the next week, there would be another cataclysmic shift and those circumstances would change the course of all our lives…Because of His grace. The Eternal Grace

The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. … The LORD will keep you from all harm— …he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen Psalm 121:5-8

Please remember, when the road of circumstance changes for you and me, that our Eternal Voice of Grace never leaves or abandons.
…And our Lifeguard walks on water.

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This Weekend~Hug an Engineer

When Engineers Own Dogs…

when engineers own dogs


Midweek Question~March 20~Vernal Equinox

On this day of equals-equal day/equal night,

an equinox of a question…

might we spring toward grace

You know these enemies? They’re bigger than you. But I’m not going to give you the whole land in the first year. You’re going to take it over a little bit at a time — one battle at a time. You’re growing stronger. When you’re strong enough to handle it all, you’ll get it all. ~Exodus 23:29-30


How do you know that spring is coming? I would love it if you Shared your comments…~~~

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Monday Words for the Soul~March 18

Perhaps as windows open to possibilities the road will be kind…Because of Grace

we are going where we can shine


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A word from The Sponsor~March 17

Psalm 73:26

Psalm 73:26


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This Weekend~March 15~Look for the Open Window

look for the open windowMarybeth Fidler

open window

Sitting this week with a poem

and a question

choose patience

and looking for the open windows of possibilities and grace.
To borrow the metaphor, I am buzzing into a new hive today…a little apprehensively and timidly, but the window is open and I did not have to push it so.

open windows of possibilities and grace…You will find them too…Because of Grace


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Mid-week Question~March 13~unresolved patience

Still thinking today about Monday’s posted poem by Marybeth Fidler and the bumble bee and how it panics when the glass prevents it from flying away.

A bumble bee flies into my apartment.
It didn’t mean to be there – it panics
and seeing the outside through a glass window
it proceeds to push and push against the glass
trying to get where it wants to go.

When I am “busy-as-a-bee” and resolutions result quickly, I am satisfied. (Self-critical also, but satisfied at the progress I’ve made toward my inevitable critique.)

But is my busyness a yoke of a different sort? Is it also a  “thinking I should be rewarded for all this hard work“?

Might I be patient instead? Might I choose patience over what is unresolved?

A question to consider:


Barb, the empty nest mom asks, “Can you be patient toward all that is unresolved in you and try to find a more peaceful path?

At least and until,  a window opens…Because of Grace


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Bee tag first seen at this link

Monday Words for the Soul~March 11~the bumble bee

a bumblebee flies into my apartment
it didn’t mean to be there
–it panics
and seeing the outside through a glass window
it proceeds to push and push against the glass
trying to get where it wants to go

in its panic never moving from its task long enough
to see the open window just inches away

how like the bumble bee I am in my work or my life

i see where i want to go

and in my panic

i forget to look for the open window

so i push and push and push
thinking i should be rewarded for all this hard work
when, in fact, i am so frantic
like the bee against the glass.

by Marybeth Fidler

RozArt bumblebee

artwork from RozArt

Bumblebee poem first seen in the book Life is a Verb by Patti Digh

A word from The Sponsor~March 10

Psalm 91:4

Another Psalm 91 post from October 30


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This Weekend: Take one Leap and text me in the morning

leap of faith from Jean Wise wall

I saw this on Jean Wise’s fb wall….thanks, Jean! An encouraging and timely reminder

And a belated question for the week… What leap do you need to take?


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Monday Words for the Soul~March 4

Because of Grace...

YOU are stronger than this challenge


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A word from The Sponsor~March 3

Psalm 61:2

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~Psalm 61:2


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This Weekend~Choose One Rabbit

Like so many parents, King David prayed for his son Solomon. Of the many attributes for which he prayed, the one that stands out to me is for Solomon to have “an uncluttered and focused heart.” (1 Chronicles 29:19)

focus 1 chronicles 29:19

Woman of Venice II, painted bronze by Alberto Giacometti, photo taken by Helen Teague

Arthur Rubenstein said it another way:

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. (The Law of Focus)

Things a bit out of focus?
Find focus, through seeking an uncluttered heart bathed in what is good.

Have a jack-rabbit of a weekend!


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