A Verse for You at Year’s End

A Verse for You at Year’s End

“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.”
~Psalm 20:4-5 (NIV)

Psalm 20:4-5

As this year ends, please remember, God did not create us to be average, but to excel in service to Him. Thank you for checking in with this blog and your comments and prayers.

Happiest New Year to you!

Last Midweek Question for 2015 ~ Will You Let Go?

As the year closes, a final question: Will You Let Go?

Letting go of hurts, habits, hangups, and unnecessary possessions is important at the year’s end. Releasing them and the people I associate with them leaves a clean slate for the New Year. Scouring out my remaining self-pity is essential.

Self-pity is hole, a deep hole. This pit is definitely where you and I don’t want to go. Self-pity grabs you and me and holds on with a vengeance. I know some things have happened during this year, but you and I need to let them go.

Don’t hold on any longer.

The longer you and I hold to them, the tighter they will grab and the deeper we will tumble. Believe Me. It’s hard to climb out. I’ve tried it before.

Can we let it go? Let them go?

Let go of what has happened with the resulting things and people that have tagged along. Increase our love and grace, without expectation. Be like Jesus.

If we will turn it over to Grace, the need for self-pity and revenge dissolves.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. ~Psalm 138:8


let them go



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Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 28

while the memory of Christmas remains…

Give us, O God, the vision, which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.

And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968



More Words for the Soul

a word from The Sponsor ~ December 27

The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them. ~Luke 2:20


Luke 2:20


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Christmas Eve 1968 – Apollo 8 Message to Earth

Remembering … A memory of a different time…



Christmas Eve message by the crew of Apollo 8, December 24, 1968
I hope all of you back on Earth can see what we mean when we say that this is a very foreboding horizon, a rather dark and unappetizing looking place. We are now going over one of our future landing sites, selected over the smooth region, called the Sea of Tranquility — smooth in order to make it easy for the initial landing attempts in order to preclude having to dodge mountains. Now you can see the long shadows of the lunar sunrise.
We are now approaching lunar sunrise and for all people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send you.
In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of the God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness.
Jim Lovell:
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Frank Borman:
And God said, “Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters he called the Seas. And God saw that it was good.
And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.

Merry Christmas from Because of Grace

Mid-Week Question ~ December 23~ Do You Want to Arrange It?

My daughter asked me to tell her my favorite contemporary Christmas song.
This song, Old City Bar, is the one: because it challenges us to initiate change; to bring grace to others.
Not through a program, or only speaking intentions, but through our own acts… the acts we arrange.
Do you want to arrange something special to give Christmas to another?




Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 21~ the very reason the first Christmas happened

“those feelings you’ve been wrestling with are true Christmas feelings? That those very feelings, those excruciating circumstances and pain and lack of love are the very reason the first Christmas happened in the first place? That the fact the brokenness of this world has hit us and hurt us is the very reason God sent his son. Immanuel. God with us.”

~Mundane Faithfulness blog, click here to read more


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Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 21

“Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.”  ~Philip Yancey

God is tilted toward the underdog



Thank you to Richard Nesbit, for sharing this quote

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a word from The Sponsor ~ December 20 ~ the best gift!

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” ~ John 4:10

John 4:10



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Midweek Question of the Week ~ December 16

This week’s question reflects the season: Can you make peace with yourself?


Make peace with yourself, dear friend. Always choose the words that bring more peace. Always choose the action that brings more peace. Always choose the relationships that bring more peace. The opposite of war is peace. We may not be able to bring peace to all of the world, but we can start by refusing to be at war with ourselves. ~Brave Girls Club


I think this might be the key to a “Holly Jolly Christmas” with all the trimmings.

I am increasing my prayers and mindfulness for peace with myself free of regrets, what-ifs, and if-onlys.




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Monday Pledge for the Soul ~ December 14

Usually Monday is a “word” (or two) for the soul.

After you see this video, you will understand why I am calling today, “Monday Pledge for the Soul”!!!

This grace-filled father, Jenabu Williams, is a blessing!! He is teaching and guiding his 6 year-old son!

The Pledge For Every Kid




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a word from The Sponsor ~ December 13

“There Jesus grew up, maturing in physical strength and increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God rested on Him.” ~Luke 2:40


It is the season of birth and growth and grace!



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Midweek Question ~ December 9th

MidWeek Question: December 9, 2015—Looking beyond from becauseofgrace on Vimeo.

 Can I stop looking at what God is not doing and look instead on what He is doing?





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a word from The Sponsor ~ December 6

Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7 (nlt)

Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. ~1 Peter 5:7 (the voice translation)






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A gratitude list on this day

Very Grateful for

God’s Angels

Amelia, driving so well in the dark early morning rain

this delicately beautiful song that I play over and over: https://youtu.be/teSuDu84kMc

the man who greeted us curbside, checked my bag for me, and, after we talked briefly said, “your mom is having the best birthday ever today.”

the woman next to me at the security checkpoint who grabbed my boarding pass as it attempted to sail away from the gust of wind dispatched by my frenzied thrump of stuff into plastic bins

Amelia, calling and calling back to check that I boarded all right

the man in the aisle seat who lifted my computer bag into the overhead

the man in front of me who has graciously not reclined his seat

the man next to me who picked up my spoon when I dropped it

the woman behind me who picked up my apple when it fell behind me

the tears that come and go unpredictably, so I won’t think there is a magic potion I can impose upon them to control them

I am a mess today, and gratitude is my service dog

remembering my mom, on our first birthday apart- she in heaven and me in seat 13F

“Because every gift I acknowledge reveals another and another until, finally, even the most normal, obvious and seemingly mundane event or encounter proves to be filled with grace.” ~Henri Nouwen


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