Posted on May 30, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
In times of “words per minute” and micro-everything, a grocery list is one of the few things we actually write … with penmanship…or scribble squiggles. Just go with this for a second: your grocery list reflects both your wants and your needs. There is probably something on your list that you intend for another and a special item just for you…(some call these guilty pleasures, but perhaps a better word is taste-filled pleasures).
Grocery lists are special to me. I have one framed to remind me of the power of a prayerfully crafted list. Several years ago…money was extremely tight and I had pared down my grocery list “the the nubs” as Granny T. would say. After arriving home and unloading the groceries, I checked my mail and I found a utility bill containing a statement with a credit balance (due to an energy efficiency rebate). The amount was almost equal to what I had just spent at the grocery. A huge relief! And a prayerful reminder of Proverbs 10:22.
So, this weekend, smooth out a crumpled grocery list, pray gratitude over it, and perhaps, consider a frame of remembrance!
More Weekend Options
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Posted on May 28, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Who Irritates you?
Quick, whose face popped into your mind? Whose face did you see?
This is your Sandpaper Person. The person who goes against your grain and leave abrasions behind.
And the person who needs your prayer.
My friend Carl reminds me to pray for the Sandpaper people in my life. Not the “Lord, help ______ not to be such a pain.”
No, not that kind of prayer.
Instead, a genuinely authentic prayer for their health, safety, and journey to know Him more. Because of Grace.
God’s Word Always Trumps Our Excuses
Positive Prayer Makes Strong Relationships
Because, sometimes, the Sandpaper Person is…me!
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Posted on May 27, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
So Much of the World
So much of the world exists
the mountain in its own steepness
the deer sliding
into the trees becoming
in the woods’ darkness.
So much of an open field
lies somewhere between the grass
and the dragonfly’s drive and thrum
the seed and seedling,
the earth within.
But so much of it lies in someone
standing alone at the edge of a field
with a life apart
feeling for a moment
the plover’s cry
on the tongue
the curve and plumb
of the apple bough
in limb and bone.
So much of it between
one thing and another,
days of invitation,
then of release and return.
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Posted on May 23, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
This weekend….WhoHoo like a boss!!!
Kick up a little exhuberance…these seven seconds are pure joy!
More weekend possibilities
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Posted on May 21, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Posted on May 19, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~Norman Cousins
Forgiveness is not boring; it can be the most courageous adventure we undertake.
Because we have to abandon our expectation of receiving.
We have to abandon our expectation of receiving an apology we were never going to get.
It might be easier to follow Indiana Jones. But not as endearingly satisfying.
And it won’t salve the wound.
Only grace can salve the wound and accompany us on the adventure.
Forgiveness is an adventure.
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More words for the Soul
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Posted on May 18, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ~Hebrews 10:24
More words from The Sponsor
Additional words from The Sponsor
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