Grace is God’s Unmerited Favor

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“Grace is God’s unmerited favor.”

I’m going to go ahead and claim that I wrote that sentence, even though it is part of my six month old scribbled notes that I made while on Wikki (of all places). I was working on a tab for this blog which explains why I would pick an often uncute theme: grace.

Wait! Red light! Am I tiptoeing around the stickiest theological debate of all time – for me anyway: Exactly where do toil and grace meet?

Know what I mean (jellybean)?

And…who, how, when and where is grace found? And why…of course we ask over and over, is toil and suffering so often what we associate with the experience of God being in our midst?

Let’s just put that on the chalkboard for now:

“Def.: Grace = God in our midst.”

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So, let me explain

Tangent: here’s why I’m bogging down your computer with huge photos:

 

I just want to.

Want to bog mine down anyway. I was lucky enough to have scored a job for a couple of months at the end of the school year and that was a really wonderful experience. My title was “Communication Coach” for a Kindergarten student who is hard of hearing.

If I can get back into a routine to blog more often, I’d love to share more about my experience. It was just what I didn’t know I was praying for.

The huge pictures in this post? Because as soon as I signed my contract, I treated myself to a new printer that has a scanner so that I can try and organize old photos.

So far, what I have is an office and moving boxes that are a jumble of…

a jumble. In a room with stinky carpet.

(insert music or images that lead you to toil and suffer,

if my friend, you are on my side…)

I am still committed to try and not write more than a few hundred words per post, but for now, as I brush away some midlife cobwebs, I need to see these snippets in biggie size. Image

“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up on such grace.

What you need is

someone to take hold of you –

gently, with love,

and hand your life back to you.”

 

~ Tennessee Williams

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One Word, One Photo: Down

Down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mississippi River from midway on historic “Government Bridge” ….neutral territory to Iowa and Illinois I suppose!

 

Ahh Choo, Wanna See My New Plan?

Ahhh Choo!

S’cuse me. Got the sniffles here.

Did some thinking over the weekend though, and here is a new plan ahead for my Blogolita.

In the interest of not spending all day, every day messing around to put one post up, here is my new plan of action. My hope is that it will give me some days to fuss and fluff a post to my heart’s content, and other days that give me time to learn more about how to publish for pay.

Monday: Write a post that includes a family story that illustrates God’s grace.

Tuesday: “One Word, One Photo”: Put up a picture that corresponds to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Wednesday: “Worried Wednesday”: Write about ways to combat anxiety, depression, and other…shtuff…that gets in the way of enjoying daily life.

Thursday: Highlight people, places, things that I think are cool.

Friday: “Forgiveness Friday”: Write something incredibly deep, moving, incredible, awesome, and life altering in hopes that I will single-handedly (well, double if you consider that I’m typing) end war, famine, hate, sadness, and umm, burnt toast. Or…just enjoy a minute or two at my virtual pulpit in the safety of Our Lady of the Blogosphere.

Saturday and Sunday: Reblog awesome WordPress posts that catch my fancy.

Sound like a plan?