Tag: grace

I started taking piano lessons in November. This has been a bucket-list item of mine for several years. From ages six to eleven, I gained an elemental knowledge of piano from my maternal grandmother. I retained knowledge of treble clef because I started playing the violin. As a violist, I move fluidly between the treble […]

We say it. But, do we mean it? Do we even understand what it means? We can have it. But, do we get it? Do we even give it in return? Grace isn’t just something we say at a meal. It isn’t given out of plenty. It is given out of necessity, out of longing, […]

Psalm 103:8-12 NIV The Lord is compassionate and gracious,    slow to anger, abounding in love.He will not always accuse,    nor will he harbor his anger forever;he does not treat us as our sins deserve    or repay us according to our iniquities.For as high as the heavens are above the earth,    so great is his love for those who fear […]

“Perfectionists minimize their moral and ethical plus-side and magnify their failings.” from Miriam Elliot and Susan Meltsner’s The Perfectionist Predicament “It’s like we set up unrealistic spiritual expectations and then worry that God is disappointed in us….God doesn’t withdraw His grace, compassion or support when we fall short in our own eyes. Once we accept […]

What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now? My favorite bedtime stories were not contained in a book. They rested in the deep resonance of my father’s voice just above my ear as I snuggled in the crook of his arm. I begged for “Joey Stories.” He obliged […]

Did you notice I did not post an Advent blog yesterday? Maybe, like me, you feel like the holiday season is the least peaceful time of your year. There are always places to go and people to see. Lists take longer than usual to complete. The events calendar is so filled, it appears black. Dark […]