Learning, Living, and Loving with Grace

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“Grace. One of my favorite words. May we Be it. Live it. Embody it. Extend it. Receive it. Grace is one of the purest forms of love because one doesn’t have to do anything to earn it or deserve it.  When we love with Grace, we are loving like Jesus.  Sometimes that is a challenge and takes discipline!  Grace is a love that sees us at our worst, yet gives us pardon.  May we love others with Grace on the days they need it and love ourselves with Grace on the days when we are the ones in need. ” -Rebekah Ann Stephenson     I wrote that quote on a day when I was feeling challenged and needed to take time to breathe and talk to God so that … Continue Reading

Inspirational Five Minute Friday: Grasp

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Today’s blog post is something new I tried this week.  It’s a 5 min. writing exercise prompted by Lisa-Jo, a community leader at the InCourage (part of Dayspring) network for women.  I was a bit chicken to do it, but anyways…here goes. If you are a blogger and want to participate in 5 min. Fridays, there is a new word prompt each week , and you can click through the link at the bottom of this to check it out. Rules: 1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them … Continue Reading

What Makes You Smile?

While I don't have any pictures of our first date, this is an earlier photo that shows Matt with the car he picked me up on on our first date.  Fond memories!  I loved that car and thought it was one of the coolest cars in town :)

Today (August 26) is my fiance’s birthday, so in honor of that I am writing a special post that is about the topic of things that make us smile, but also about my first date with Matt (the 2 are tied together).   Matt and I met at a party at a mutual acquaintance’s house.  It’s kind of funny because it wasn’t a place either one of us usually went to (in fact I think it was the first time either of us had gone), but we happened to both show up on the same night.  I won’t go in to the whole story in the post (too long) , but will just say that it was the typical guy sees girl across a semi crowded room and asks about … Continue Reading

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