Saturday, June 30, 2012
I finished my second book by Maryann McFadden, "So Happy Together."
I love the way she skillfully gets inside the hearts of three generations of women. The first one I read by McFadden was the Book Lover, her current novel. The same themes run throughout: women, their relationships with themselves and each other, the strong sense of place, and romance.
My granddaughter, McKenna is with us and the next crew comes today, my son and his family.
I will attempt to keep blogging but not making any promises :).
Posted by GraceGal at 9:35 AM
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Chapter 3 of Inner Excavation for the third week of Inner Excavate-along .
My home reflects the things which I love.
|Women in Prayer|
|Reminders That I Am One Part of the Whole|
|Books, Books, Books|
|Movies With Heart|
|Photos on Walls, in Albums, on iPad, in camera etc.|
Posted by GraceGal at 2:41 PM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I must admit that I am struggling with giving thanks for all this rain. We had to have the telephone company come today and replace our outside wires. They were old and cracked and the heavy rain was causing us to lose our phone connection.
On the positive side, it's a great day to read or catch up on computer work,the phone company didn't charge us, and my granddaughter arrives later today.
And these flowers are absolutely gorgeous, regardless of the rain.
I am, however, praying for sunshine next week when my whole family gathers for camping.
Posted by GraceGal at 12:19 PM
Monday, June 25, 2012
Our Yada sisters group,as we have become known ( named after the original Yada Prayer Group) has evolved over the past year, losing two members, one to heaven, another to a different path. God has added two new women to our midst with very little transition, which is amazing!
Tonight, we shared some of the concerns and struggles going on in our lives.
"Now, let's hear what God has to say."
Those were the words out of my mouth as we went to prayer.
As the original Yadas, we began with worship and moved into prayer, ending up in 1 Samuel 7:12-17. This is the passage where Samuel declares, "Thus far has the Lord helped us." and he laid the Ebenezer stone as a remembrance.
We began to declare all that had come before this moment in our lives, Good!
God weaves all things together for good according to His plan and all things serve Him as we surrender it to Him.
The passage came alive and so did our worship. Our hearts were uplifted and the things we talked about earlier changed as our perspective shifted.
By the time we were finished, we were laughing and sighing and saying, " We heard from God."
One word from God can change your life forever :)
Posted by GraceGal at 10:27 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Rainy Saturday morning felt like hot muffins. As I was mashing bananas I started thinking about using my senses as in Inner Excavation, so I grabbed my camera and snapped a picture of the mashed bananas.
This is a bit of a process because I replace a few ingredients to make them gluten free and lower fat.
While putting the mixture in the tins, I was looking out my kitchen window thinking that I might get a few good pictures after the rainy night . I set the timer, popped the pan in the oven and went outside.
I came in the door to the timer going off. Mouth watering, donning potholders, I pulled the muffins from the oven.
"What is wrong with these? "
Thinking back I realized that in my haste I had forgotten to put in the baking powder and baking soda. They tasted like glue and looked like it too.
In the trash they went.
Thankfully, I had one lonely muffin in my freezer. Hot from the microwave, buttered with honey and paired with white ginger tea, result was yummy.
The only problem now is that I have to make another batch tomorrow.
One other teaching of Inner Excavate is to be present in the moment.
One lesson at a time please.
Posted by GraceGal at 8:55 PM
Friday, June 22, 2012
This has been a productive week and I actually had time to enjoy some quiet time, paying attention to my senses for Inner Excavate-Along.
Hubby and I began the week on Sunday with family. Grampy got his share of hugs :)
I avoided starting a new novel because I wanted to read my two new non-fiction books. More on that in a later post.
I booted up my laptop and wrote, which hasn't happened in a long time.
Today a friend came over and we dug up a new flower bed. I wasn't sure I would survive that one. So hot!
Regular stuff like office work, laundry and working out twice at the gym completed my days, yet I still found time to give myself a pedicure.
Truthfully, I am tired tonight.
There's a glimpse of my week in review.
Posted by GraceGal at 6:31 PM
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A few days ago I posted a picture of my beautiful Peony in blossom. See June 14. This is that same flower prior to its opening. Before that it was a tight green bud, covered in ants. I called my friend and she said that was normal, but it wasn't until this week that someone told me they won't bloom unless the ants eat the outer green coating off. You can still see a bit of that skin around the edges here.
Week 2 of Inner Excavate-Along includes a meditation of the senses. I call them "be still & know" times (Psalm 46). As I was sitting quietly, breathing and listening and asking simple, one of the books I'd purchased over the weekend came to mind.
It is Holly Gerth's book, "You're Already Amazing."
I read chapter one and began to answer the questions in the back of the book for that chapter.
Two words spoke into my spirit.
The first is mended.
I thought about the day to day journey of life and walking with the Lord. I may have posted a year or so ago about the scripture in the last chapter of Hebrews that talks about Jesus equipping us. The word for equip is the same root word in the Greek as used in Matthew 4 where the disciples are mending their nets. The NIV says "preparing." It literally means "to mend by stitching.
Anyone who has done any sewing or quilting or handcrafts knows the labor of hands-on love that goes into this process.
Why would the immense God, who created and controls the universe, take the time to create a flower that can only blossom when the ants eat away the outer covering?
Why does He mend with stitches when He can heal instantly?
We, as artists, writers, crafters, women, know the love of the journey- not merely the finished product.
We are created in His image. He, too, loves the journey with us. With me.
My second word is Cherished.
Posted by GraceGal at 11:48 AM
Monday, June 18, 2012
We passed through the booth and I reached into my bag for a book to occupy the next stage of our journey.
I pulled out Inner Excavation and began reading Chapter 2.
Sharp intake of breath...
Looking at the past. Here I was headed to a reunion with a childhood friend I hadn't seen for 45 years. Staring at the past.
I spent many years of my life either hindered by my past or struggling to get free. Last year was my Disencumbering. My thought was, "I don't want to return to focus on the past."
In the same moment, the photo I had just taken ...
The green light with the word etched within, "thank you."
No ordinary moment.
As I move into this week of chapter two, I am sensing a shift in perspective, in knowing my past.
Giving of thanks.
Posted by GraceGal at 1:50 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Rebecca, aka Becky, and I grew up together in Ohio. We lost touch when I moved to Maine at age 15. Later Becky married and moved to Colorado.
Recently she sent me a letter( she doesn't have Internet) saying she and her husband were coming to the east coast for a graduation. Could we meet up? I replied a resounding YES!
Yesterday we met at the Kittery Trading Post, 6 hours south of my home in the northern tip of Maine. We settled on to a bench in the lobby and spent the next two hours getting reacquainted, sharing stories and pictures of grandchildren. It was amazing!
What a roller coaster week this has been!
Posted by GraceGal at 11:16 AM
Friday, June 15, 2012
Sunday afternoon, there were two chairs around the mini-campfire my hubby made to keep the bugs away. Both were occupied, so I plopped down on the grass with my book. A few minutes later, I lay back, feeling the cool soil beneath my body, eyes transfixed on the striking blue of the sky.
Peace surrounded me.
Sometimes we simply need a change of perspective to step into peace.
"He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul." Psalm 23
Posted by GraceGal at 11:15 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2012
It was a picture perfect day with blue skies and breezes to keep the black flies at bay. The service was held at the graveside, where many people, young and old shared how Jo touched each life. I don't think she ever met a person she didn't pray for.
At one point in the service, I felt like prayer mantles were silently falling upon us.
I heard someone say recently,"Celebrate each life you come in contact with."
I don't think we realize how precious the most ordinary person is. I know I don't.
Open my eyes, Lord.
Posted by GraceGal at 7:09 PM