Happy Friday the 13th!!!!

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Okay, I realise it’s not REALLY a holiday, but it’s one of my favourite days, and I think we can always use more holidays!

And really, isn’t FRIDAY enough to celebrate, all on its own?!?!

I hope YOUR Friday the 13th is extraordinarily blessed!!

May you find a way to make at least one part of it BEAUTIFUL!

Be well.

Happy Labor Day

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Happy Monday!!

If you are in the United States, Happy Labor Day!!! (It takes some concentration, but I’m even trying to spell ‘Labor’ the American way.)

Most of my life the ‘smaller’ holidays, like Labor Day, haven’t meant that much to me. I cherished the ‘day off’, appreciated the history, but they didn’t have the rich detail of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Labor Day, if anything, I associated with annoying sales ads – a rather profound irony. But it’s becoming so much more real to me as I get older, and as I understand the world better.

Labor day, more than any other American holiday, celebrates efforts by the people, for the people.

Goodness knows the American workers who –  in MANY cases risking their lives – made America great, did not do so for the glory of amazing discounts on TVs or washing machines. They fought to free themselves, their families, their fellow Americans from a tyranny of corporation plus government whose concentrated power had made it impossible for the 99% to realise the American Dream.

Sure, in the past several decades we have lost a lot of the ground that was gained by those whose fight Labor Day commemorates. But that need not be our end game: what Americans managed once, we can certainly do again.

So, I’m going to spend a little of this much prized ‘day off’ better understanding the people, and the work they did, that made America great, and appreciating their sacrifices.

 

Be well.

 

 

Yom Kippur!

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I wish everyone a blessed Yom Kippur!

I love this ‘Sabbath of Sabbaths’ which provides an opportunity to pause and reflect in the midst of an otherwise ordinary space of the year.

Yom Kippur reaches from sunset today through nightfall tomorrow, which is a rare and lovely method observing a ‘day’ in this culture and age.

Although most readers here probably do not celebrate Yom Kippur (and I certainly don’t observe it according to accepted Jewish traditions), I hope you find at least a moment within this one to pause and be aware.

Be well. 

Monday Reset: The Next Chapter

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Happy Monday!!

I hope everyone is well!

Here in my little corner of the world, we have just enjoyed a weekend of unseasonable rain, so I am unseasonably well!

Today I begin another NEXT CHAPTER:  moving from my former-job-that-no-longer-exists to a wonderful, if slightly intimidating, three month contract doing what I most love to do, with a team I respect and adore.

It’s still a scary moment:

The future remains an unknown.

I still have many things beyond the job to decide – BIG things.

I’m still trying to recover from The Lifewreck, for goodness’ sake, and am always on the lookout for anything that will drop me back into it!

And, of course, I want to be sure I do the best job possible for these lovely people who have put their trust in me!

But it’s also an opportunity to grow my trust and faith in a situation that is arguably one of the bigger tests I’m going to face:

Other than losing a loved on, or having a life threatening illness, this is probably one of the toughest times of transition I’m likely to encounter outside The Lifewreck.

So I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone facing a next chapter – because we all are, whether they are BIG chapters, or fairly little ones – to live the WHOLE of it.

Not JUST the horror.

Not JUST the excitement.

But every piece that goes into making this chapter a full and vibrant part of a life that supports moving into abundance and shalom.

 

Be well. 

Thank you for your service.

To all who have served our country as members of our military, THANK YOU.

May God bless and keep you and your families, and may we, your countrymen and women, honour your service by how we live, and by ensuring that you are cared for as well as you have cared for us.

A blessed Veteran’s Day to all.

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Be well. 

Gone Fishin’ – Taking some time to ponder.

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Good day and Happy FRIDAY!!!!!!!

I am still noodling over what ABUNDANCE looks like in this current US reality, so rather than post a half-baked (and perhaps drearier than one should really prefer) post, I shall take a scandalously unplanned holiday this week!

I wish everyone a delightful weekend and a lovely beginning to December.

 

Be well. 

Gone Fishin’

Howdy y’all! I hope everyone is well, and that your 2017 is starting off well.

I’m running to catch a deadline, so will have to bow out for this week, and I’ll get a post up next Friday (God willing).

In the mean time, I’d love to hear what everyone is up to!

Be well!

HAPPY Pi Day!!!!

 

Happy Pi Day!!!!!

Yes, that is Pi

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not pie      .

 

(Though as I grow older, I am more and more amendable to celebrating both together.)

 

Due to

1) an abnormal passion for the number Pi, and

2) an equally passionate belief that we need far more holidays in this world,

Pi day is one of my two favourite holidays!!

So I wish you a perfectly splendid Pi day!!

 

If you want to know more about this diligent number that makes everything possible, you can check here. Atlas may have shrugged, but Pi stands strong!

Or if you’ve longed to see the first million digits* of this faithful number, you can find those here.

On the other hand, if you are just a normal person wondering how you ended up in this geek version of the Twilight Zone, don’t worry about the math,

just

HAVE A LOVELY DAY!!!

 

 

Be well. 

 

* I’m not even going to try to approach a million, but here’s just a little taste of Pi

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

 

I hope it’s a splendid day!

Stay safe, stay strong, and may the luck (or at least the charm!) of the Irish be with you!! 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! 

 

And just in case I’m not the only one who gets a little yearning for ‘the Holy Land’ (as an Irish friend of mine calls it) this time of year:

 

 

 

 

Be well. 

Time Out.

 

Happy Friday!! I hope everyone is well.

Not much in the way of a post today, but we’ve got a BIG Lent weekend coming up!

 

ENJOY IT.

 

 

Be well

Public Service Announcement: 1 April

WARNING: it is April Fool’s Day.

 

  1. Beware friends with overactive senses of humour bearing gifts, news, or basically any suspect communication.
  2. Employ  heightened skepticism.
  3. Check the source of any important new bulletins.

Let’s all be safe out there!

Be well. 

Monday of Holy Week.

What can I say? It’s become a habit!

I shan’t post big, detailed posts for all of Holy Week, but in the spirit of Lent, and the Lectionary, I offer:

The Vanderbilt University Lectionary on Monday of Holy Week. 

Enjoy.

And a very blessed Passover to you as well. 

Be blessed, be well. 

Tuesday of Holy Week 2017

Happy Tuesday!!

May your day be blessed.

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

 

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

Wednesday of Holy Week

Happy Wednesday!!

May your day be blessed!

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

 

Maundy Thursday (Thursday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Thursday!

May your day be blessed!

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

 

 

Good Friday (Friday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Friday!

I admit I’m always a little ambivalent about ‘celebrating’ these  harsher, grimmer ‘holidays’. But one can’t argue the importance of this day in history.

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

Holy Saturday (Saturday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Saturday!

May your day be blessed.

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

Happy Easter. (And Orthodox Easter!)

 

Peace be with you.

He is risen! 

All you hold on to

Nothing is more clear, when changing one’s life, or when PACKING TO MOVE, than the fact that all one holds on to may be a blessing or a curse!

My life the next 2-3 weeks looks like packing, classwork, packing,  job  interviews, packing, moving … packing …. so please forgive me if I’m Gone Fishin’ more than I ought to be. I only hope I can keep track of my computer in the chaos.

In the mean time, some very wise words from The Call!

 

 

 

Be well. 

Gone Fishin’ … via chaos!

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Howdy all! I hope everyone is well.

I’m still frantically getting the last things packed before the moving truck hauls away my worldly goods, so I hope to talk with you next week!!

Have a splendid weekend!!!!

Be well. 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to you!!

And let me be clear that that wish is not dependent on the formal dictionary definition – mothers, in my world, come in many forms.

If you contribute, or have contributed, meaningfully to the development and wellbeing of another person, especially while they were young, you qualify!

(Even if you’re NOT a mother, in any way, shape, or form, you should still have a happy day!)

 

And to those for whom Mother’s Day is overshadowed by some form of pain, peace be with you. I am sorry for what you missed or are grieving. May this day be one step toward healing and freedom from the pain.

 

Be well. 

Memorial Day

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For all of us, I pray for a safe and blessed Memorial Day.

 

I know that Memorial Day is much easier for me than it is for others.

While I will be appreciating, and lamenting, the sacrifice of unknown warriors today, many will be reliving the painful loss of deeply loved family and friends.

If that is you today, I am sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort for you in this time.

Be well. 

Happy Father’s Day!

To every man who contributes to the lives and development of children –

whether his own, or born to others,

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

 

and

THANK YOU!!!

 

Your influence matters.

 

 

You make a difference in who we turn out to be.

 

 

 

 

Be well. 

Gone Fishin’

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Howdy all!

I hope everyone is well!

I’m going to have to be a slacker here for a couple weeks.

So much is going on, and I’m always ALMOST on top of all the chaos … then it clobbers me again.

And I fall behind. Again.

Something just has to give – and it can’t be my health!  🙂

 

So, I’m taking a couple weeks to regroup, and hopefully get all the settling and catching up in every OTHER area of my life under control, then I’ll make another effort at getting up to speed HERE!

 

Be well !!!!! 

Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day! 

The people of the United States of America seem to have traded one of form of tyranny for another for nearly as long as we’ve been one people.

Starting from this day, may we become truly free.

Not islands clinging to MINE, but humans with the liberty to lend a helping hand, and throw off the fear that by supporting others’ rights and wellbeing we risk our own.

Let’s defeat the tyrants we so abhor, even if it requires us to become much better people than them! 😀

 

 

 

Be well. 

Happy Independents Day too!

Just a quick shout out to all those who refuse to vote the party line,

insist on thinking through the issues for themselves,

and stand up for what is right –

even when that isn’t easy or popular!

YOU are what has always made this country great!

 

 

 

Still…

 

Cartoon image of a striped fish.

 

See you next week!   😀

 

 

Be well. 

Favourite Quote of the Week: Lindsey Stirling

“Pirates don’t take orders or ask permission… They do what they want.

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Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, do not pull out your pirate attitude.

But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist

well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas.”

Lindsey Stirling

 

Labor Day 2017

Happy Monday!!

And to those in the US (as well as those in Canada!)

Happy Labor Day!! 

 

It has only been in recent years that I’ve come to understand what an important day this is.

What an important piece of our history this holiday celebrates.

 

 

 

THANK YOU …

to all those

 

 

 

whose labor efforts

 

 

 

helped make our country great.

 

 

 

 

 

And THANK YOU…

 

 

to all those

 

 

 

 

 

Who keep it great

every day.

 

YOU are America.

 

 

 

 

Be well.

Two Years Old!

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Some Grace With That

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TWO YEARS OLD THIS WEEK!!

 

 

Although I didn’t start publishing it until December, I began the planning and writing on 19 September 2015.

And you know? It’s been a bit LIKE raising a baby:  I have learned SO MUCH, and some days I still am not sure I know anything!

I’ve hit countless snags, been really shocked by some discoveries, and been completely awed by how SGWT has developed.

AND, I feel like I’m  just beginning to get a feel for the ‘personality’ that fits this two-year-old!

No dirty diapers, of course, nor terrifying spikes of fever at 2am. Far fewer sleepless nights than if this were a baby. So definitely a better fit for me, but still a character building two years!

It happened that my wee blog was born during a tumultuous couple of years:

Job redundancy,

trying to parlay my skills into my own business,

earth-shaking political chaos,

long-haul move,

in tenuous livelihood circumstances, OH MY!

 

… thank God SGWT ISN’T a child; he or she would be in therapy before hitting kindergarten after being raised in all that!

My hope it that, having survived those first trying couple of years, Some Grace With That, and I, are ready to grow and thrive!

I’m going to be taking some time to weed through old posts, edit and update material, and plan the coming year of Some Grace With That work. I’m excited!! (And a little daunted!)

This is EXACTLY the right time to let me know if there is any theme or topic you’d like to see us explore!!

Leave a note in the comments, on the FB page, or drop me a line, if so!

THANK YOU !!  for reading, commenting, sharing, and generally encouraging me through this grand experiment!

 

 

Be well.

 

 

Returning and resting

For the last couple weeks I seem to have become a virus motel! Every time one of the dang things clears out, another one arrives. It grows monotonous.

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve also had this verse haunting me:

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.

In quietness and confidence is your strength. …”

 

That’s Isaiah 30:15.

It goes on to say “But you would have none of it.”

Now, that is a response to God’s mandates that I’d prefer to avoid, so let us dispense with that last bit for now.

I should start by saying that as serious vices go, I am at far more risk of tipping into sloth than I am work-a-holism. I am so not the live-to-work type.

And, yes, trying to figure out how to be a business person is rough, but currently my business is by no means generating overtime hours – or even full-time hours! My house is pretty settled, I’m not really a cleaning freak, and it isn’t as if I’m signing on to numerous committees or training for a triathlon (may God forbid).

So, why was THIS PARTICULAR verse lurking behind every corner?

I was very confused.

At first, I thought maybe it was just stuck in my head – like songs can be, or a quote. But it definitely seems to be a bit beyond that. It first began to, er, assert itself when I got sick.

Just a 24-hour thing, thank God, but it took a couple days to really get back up to speed. And I took those couple extra days! I took off one entire day AFTER I felt I could be back at it!

What could be more ‘resty’ than that, I ask you?

After this couple of days, I got back at it. I do, after all, need to get to  full-time with my business, I need to increase my income, I have these projects that are lurking…

And I got sick again. THIS ONE was evil. No charming 24-hour thing here.

And AGAIN with the verse!

Okay, okay … but how on earth could I be resting ‘better’?!? What is it you want me to [not] do?

I’ve always been a ‘writing on the wall’ kind of girl:  Give me a nice, clear set of instructions and I’ll GLADLY follow them. This has never been God’s preferred method for communicating with me. Apparently it still isn’t.

But! I have found a slow trickle of hints.

“Look at that second segment.” a voice seemed to say.

“In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

 

Okay, well, I like quietness, you know, and I’m grateful that I have MORE of it here than I have in years. I just frantically hope I’ll be able to STAY where it’s quiet… and it won’t happen if I can’t… and if I have to leave it will all be ….

HMM…

And confidence. I WANT to be confident! Of course I do! That’s what the whole ‘writing on the wall’ request is about! If I could just know for SURE, if you would just make ____ clear, if …

HMM…

Other little hints trickled (back) in:

Be still, and know that I am God… (I especially love the way The Message phrases this one: “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” 😀 )

Come to me if you’re weary and I’ll give you rest…

And of course, the biggie: Without faith [aka an enduring confidence in God!] it is impossible to please God….

Huh.

So, that whole returning to ME, resting in ME … looks like that’s RELATED to the quiet and confidence thing.

Uhoh!

 

I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but what I’ve learned so far seems to indicate that ‘returning and resting’ for me, in this season, look like:

  • Remembering that I have given my situation to God.
  • Remembering that I know God is more than able to provide all I need.
  • Believing that he CARES to provide for me, that he’s been leading me, that he has promised to correct me if I start to go off course.
  • Trusting that he understands my needs, and has them well in hand.

I tend to be great at this for a short period after God yanks on my leash, then slowly, slowly, I lose the plot, take the reins, and start to stress again. But, I guess that part of this resting assignment includes trusting him to be merciful when I fall, again, and to pick me back up and restore me, again. Goodness knows the (LARGE amount of) evidence is that he will!

AND, he has given me great friends, wise advisors, who have spent time this week sharing their own stories and offering insight, encouragement, and support.

This evening begins one of my favourite days of the whole year, Yom Kippur.

Each year, I try to take this ‘Sabbath of Sabbaths’ off from work, or school, or whatever I am obligated to at the time, and make it a retreat for re-centring my heart and mind on who I am in Christ, and what my purpose is in this life.

I suspect it is not a coincidence that this ‘rest quest’ arrived in the week or two before Yom Kippur!

I am excited to see what he’s got up his sleeve for our Yom Kippur date this year!

 

 

Be well.

Yom Kippur 2017

I wish everyone a blessed Yom Kippur!

I love this ‘Sabbath of Sabbaths’ which provides an opportunity to pause and reflect in the midst of an otherwise ordinary space of the year.

Yom Kippur reaches from just before sunset today through nightfall tomorrow, which is a rare and lovely method observing a ‘day’ in this culture and age.

Even if you do not observe Yom Kippur, I hope you find at least a moment within this one to pause and be aware.

 

Be well. 

A brief pause, I think…

 

Hello there!

I hope everyone is well!

I am finally, finally not sick – for whole days in a row!! Very definitely hoping that trend holds.

However, I’m still catching up after three weeks of doing-nearly-nothing, and QUITE slow-moving, AND I’ve got a house guest and some projects that just can’t be put off any longer.

SO, with only enough hours in the day for about half of what I need to do, I’m going to be

 

Gone fishin’

 

 

 

a bit while I continue to re-build some energy, tidy up past posts, cram my mind full of nebulous bits of code to improve the site here and there, and TRY to be an at least somewhat decent hostess.

 

 

 

Be well.

 

 

Happy Friday the 13th!!

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It’s FRIDAY!!

And better than that, it’s Friday the 13th!!!

 

Wishing you all a very blessed day and weekend!

 

Be well.