Wallowing in Grace

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in grace | 2 comments

Wallow-- to devote oneself entirely; especially: to take unrestrained pleasure  I want to jump into GRACE and take unrestrained pleasure BUT (isn't there always a but in life) I just can't.  I don't feel as if I've earned it.  I haven't.  If I earned it then it wouldn't be 'grace,' it would be 'wages' or 'merited favor.' So why is it so dang hard to WALLOW in grace? Why is it so hard to just ACCEPT that Jesus loves me unconditionally? Why is it so hard to receive with open hands and an open heart? I want to stand up and show Jesus what I've done in a 'look at this...

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Be Kind, Rewind

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in faith, grace | 3 comments

If you're too young to remember video tape, then you are too young to remember the phrase: Be Kind, Rewind It was plastered on most any video you rented.   No one wanted to have to REWIND the whole movie before watching it.  It took time -- granted only a couple of minutes, but we are an impatient bunch.  Video store employees also didn't want to have to rewind every movie -- although they did have those snazzy rewind machines. Rewinding was just a simple kindness -- just a little something to help the next person.   But rewinding did something else -- it made you pause and consider...

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Beach Hair Judging

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in arrogance, grace | 3 comments

Okay -- this title sounds like I'm judging as beach hair contest,  but this just isn't happening.  What is happening -- I am dealing with the effects of the beach on my hair. I've heard people tell me they have beach hair -- but I thought that was code for "I don't like to fix my hair."  I was wrong.  My word, how I was wrong. I was judging the hair of others on my experiences, not their reality. I didn't understand how difficult it is to manage the salt, sand and sea air when it comes to hair fixing.  I learned. How often do I judge others based on my experiences and my...

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Reality of Grace

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in grace | 4 comments

Hi, my name is Mary and I love reality shows.   There, I admit it and I'm not even ashamed of it.  I don't watch Survivor - too many bugs and weird stuff to eat.   I do watch the Bachelor and the Bachelorette because I love a good love story -- and I'm ALWAYS hopeful that THIS time they will stay together.  I don't know why 6 weeks of flying around in helicopters, sailing off the coast of St Croix, strolling the streets of France, and a host of other AMAZING happens can't prepare a couple for real life.  Doesn't your life look like that? I LOVE The Amazing Race but I always seem to...

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7 Steps to Overcoming Comparison Trap

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in grace, Seeking Jesus, Uncategorized | Comments Off

  She just has it ALL together. I wish I had her friends. It must be great to be so popular. Those are the thoughts that raced through my mind while I read through my twitter feed today.  Yes.  I struggle with that evil thing -- envy.  I compare my life to hers -- and I come up wanting more. But then it hit me -- I'm comparing what she SHOWS me with what I'm walking in.  This is like comparing the outside of the house to what's really happening behind that front door.  Life happens behind the scenes.  We showcase what we want people to see.  We live in the other...

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It’s All About Grace

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in grace | 1 comment

  (I originally posted this in Feb 2008 and sometimes I need a fresh reminder of just how amazing His grace truly is) Grace – what a simple word, but what a powerful meaning. I throw this word around more than I should. Today, it hit me – I am here by the very Grace of God. By His grace He has saved me and by His grace He is using me. The very idea of it stopped me in my tracks. I often get so caught up in my own swirling vortex of stuff that I can’t see what’s going on around me, but today God grabbed my attention and I just sat in awe that it is by His grace that I will...

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