("By Grace" Poster designed by me, Carolyn Peeler. You are welcome to right click and save it to your computer to use as a poster for your bulletin board or printable for Project life, or an art journal.)
This past weekend my heart has been full with many things.
My heart is aching for my friends in Israel. I ache for their children who are spending their summer holidays constantly running to bomb shelters. I ache for the mother's who hold their little ones as they try to understand why people hate them enough to try to kill them. I feel so helpless - all I can do is pray for my friends and hope that peace comes to Israel and Palestine soon.
I have been reflecting on my faith. In today's world where we are constantly fed media images designed to make us feel inadequate and unsatisfied, I have been becoming more and more mindful that this mindset breeds discontentment and a lack of appreciation for what I do have. I want to live with a more purposeful outlook. One that shows appreciation to my heavenly Father for the grace and blessings he has showered on my life. I am reminded that at it's core, my faith is based on the belief that God's grace is enough. I do not have to be perfect, I do not have to constantly work to earn his favor. His grace is all I need. That does not give me permission to live life however I want (because after all, through His grace I will be forgiven,) but rather is a challenge to live my life mindful that He sacrificed to provide grace and mercy to me - even when I don't deserve it.
And finally, my heart has been full of love for my sweet parents. On Friday they celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. I love and appreciate their dedication, devotion and love to each other. They have given me a fantastic example of a marriage which has stood the test of time and a relationship where they love each other to distraction. What more could any girl want than that?