April 14, 2015

Free of Contamination from the Past

Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.

(Dr Joan Borysenko)

Cheap Grace

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance ... Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ...

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

April 13, 2015

Forgiveness Before Justice

Forgiveness before justice is "cheap grace" and cannot contribute to authentic healing ... Once justice has been accomplished, even in a limited way, forgiveness becomes a viable opportunity. Prior to justice, forgiveness is an empty exercise.

(Marie M. Fortune)

March 27, 2015

The work of God is this:

Jesus is not glorified by our “doing” things for Him. He is glorified by our resting in and receiving what He’s done for us.


Even when Jesus was asked in John 6:28, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" He answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent" (v. 29).

March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to My BFF!



It's my best friend's birthday today!!! :)

We've been celebrating our birthdays together since we were 12 years old. :)

These pictures were taken last June in Austin, Texas.

We were waiting for the famous bats to show themselves!!

I love that girl so so much!!! xo

March 25, 2015

Hot Tubbin’ It In Nebraska


I’m infatuated with this picture. I can’t remember where I saw it. I think this plan is perfect for our house. We have enough room in the back of our house that we could put a deck off a bedroom, stairs down to a stone patio, with a hot tub, flower/herb box, and place for our grill. A girl can dream – right?

March 7, 2015

Plan B by Suzy Toronto


PLAN B

Plan A is always my first choice.
You know, the one where
Everything works out to be
Happily ever after.

But more often than not,
I find myself dealing with
The upside-down,
Inside-out version
Where nothing goes as it should.

It's at this point that the real test
Of my character comes in...
Do I sink or do I swim?
Do I wallow in self-pity
And play the victim
Or simply shift gears
And make the best of the situation?

The choice is mine. After all...
Life is all about
How to handle plan B.

-Suzy Toronto

March 6, 2015

Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

-Reinhold Niebuhr