Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Location

I have moved. Please follow me at www.yourgracefoundme.com
God bless you!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finding purpose in this great BIG world!


Hello friends!

Since my last blog post was about the changing seasons of life, I thought it would be appropriate to let you in on some changes that will be taking place here at Grace Found Me.

After much consideration and prayer, I’ve decided to refresh and re-launch my blog. I've purchased a new domain name — Your Grace Found Me — and will be moving from Blogger to Wordpress. The process is a little intimidating (at least for someone like me who is more than a little unsure of what she’s doing!) and there’s still so much to do before I launch! While over 10,000 of you have visited me here, I’m hopeful that the new blog will reach even more and that my words would be an encouragement to anyone reading them.

My deep desire is to share my story in hopes of inspiring you all to do the same. It’s in the sharing of our stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, that we find healing, a sense of community and a deeper understanding of our purpose in this great BIG world! Most importantly I want you to know that You Are Loved — regardless of how unloved you have felt, regardless of what you’ve done, where you’ve been, choices you’ve made or choices made for you…


If you’ve been a follower of Grace Found Me or if you’re a first time visitor, I would love to hear your comments!

If you’ve read previous posts, what did you like most or least? Is there something you would like to see added? What are you most encouraged by or what do you struggle with most? Your feedback will be very helpful in the renovation process.

I’m very hopeful that when the new launch finally happens that you will choose to sign up to receive new posts! (There have been a few issues with the current blog, but I’m confident those will be resolved at the new site.)

And finally I just want to say how much I appreciate all the love and support over this last year and a half! I feel so incredibly blessed to have an opportunity to share the words placed on my heart and hope to be a catalyst for truth, sharing God’s grace with you all.


Philippians 3:13 The Message

Focused on the Goal
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

You may see a few more posts here over the next few weeks until
I get this whole thing figured out but I promise, change is coming!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seasons of Change


"Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts.

So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will."


Living in the Northern part of the United States throughout my entire life, the changing of the seasons has always been something that I looked forward to with great anticipation.





Each season offering unique beauty — ever changing scenery, beginnings and endings and beginnings again.

The budding of the trees at the first sign of Spring.

The blossoming of flowers and all things green with warm Summer breezes.

The vibrant colors of the changing Fall leaves.

The first blanket of snow as we see our breath against the cold winter air.

So many breathtakingly beautiful changes!

However, some changes are uninvited and possibly even painful — then there are times when change is welcomed but seems as if it will never come.

Last year was one of the most grueling winters I can remember — the bitterly cold temperatures combined with the record snowfall suggested an endless, boundless season of hibernation.

It was the first time that I questioned why I continued to live in this God-forsaken place (can you feel the desperation in those words?) and the first time that I began to lose hope of the new beginning that Spring had always promised.

I, like so many others, had become so very weary. Just when it seemed as if winter was about to let go of it’s icy grip, we were hit with another arctic blast! Polar Vortex — we became quite familiar with that term.

To be honest, I’m not even sure when it happened, but Spring finally arrived and along with it — Hope.

Hope of an end to what had been.

Hope for a new beginning.
A fresh start.

A clean slate.

Sometimes the seasons of life become almost unbearable and we’re tempted to lose hope as our circumstances seem to endlessly endure — it’s as if we come out of one storm and are immediately hit with another and during those times we’re convinced that there is no hope in sight.

If you find yourself in a difficult season I encourage you to hold on.

Keep pushing through.

Stand firm.

Stay strong. 

When you feel like you can no longer stand, fall to your knees and cry out to Jesus — the One who will either give you strength to endure whatever you're going through or who with one breath brings winds of change and the hope of a new beginning.

 Give hope a chance to float up.

1 Peter 5:10(NIV)
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Daniel 2:21(NKJV)
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inescapable, all-consuming LOVE

"Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus."

-Jeremy Camp


The hurt and pain of this world is inescapable. 

If you watch the news, even for just a few moments, you’re likely to see stories of unforeseen tragedies, natural disasters and evil manifested in sex trafficking, child molestations, rapes, murders and school shootings.

There are hurting and devastated families, and communities torn apart all around us but if you look closely you will also see LOVE.

A love that overcomes even the darkest moments in our lives—the all-consuming love of Jesus.

I’ve suffered great loss and devastating tragedies in my own life and if not for the love of Jesus I’m not sure I would have survived the unspeakable pain of those circumstances.

When our hearts are broken into a million pieces and we doubt if we’ll ever be whole again— when we have nothing left and we cry out to Him— Jesus picks up the broken pieces and carries us, holding us close, mending all that is broken, until we’re able to walk on our own once again.

Friends, this life is too hard to try to live without Him.


It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what choices you’ve made— just cry out to Jesus.

He will rescue you from the deepest, darkest pit of despair.

He will comfort you, and give you a peace that only He can give—a peace that the storms of this life cannot destroy.


And when you know the love of Jesus your heart’s desire is to share what He’s done for you and what He wants to do for all who are lost and broken.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Wait and Wonder

This life is hard.

Just in the last week there have been those close to me facing overwhelming battles; the death of a precious loved one; divorce; sickness and disease; financial struggles and job losses.

Many of us have faced some of those battles too.

During those times of testing and trials we wait and wonder.

We wait for test results and wonder if the outcome will be in our favor.

We wait for things to get easier and wonder why sometimes this life has to be so hard.

We wait for our circumstances to change and wonder if we’re strong enough to endure if they don’t.

We wait for someone to show they care about our hurts and our fears and we wonder if we’re all alone in this life.

Those hurts and fears and times of complete brokenness, when it feels like our hearts are ripped from our chests and fear and doubt invade the empty places left behind—in those desperate moments, our Savior draws ever nearer.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:18-19



Friend, if you find yourself in those difficult places I hope you’re encouraged by knowing that the Lord is near, you’re never alone! The Lord promises to deliver the righteous.


So what does it mean to be righteous?


For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Corinthians 5:21

We are incapable of making ourselves righteous which is why we are in great need of a Savior. Jesus makes us righteous through his sacrifice on the cross and when we ask him to come into our hearts and ask his forgiveness of our sins.


The better understanding we have of the grace he poured out for us, the more we desire to live our lives for Him.


This life is hard but don’t give up— give it all to the One who gave his life so that we might live.

Linking up with Holley Gerth - Coffee for Your Heart

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finding Rest in Chaos and Clutter

My thoughts were as cluttered as the countertops strewn with papers and backpacks and all the other things that were not in their rightful place.

Perhaps that’s why I chose to venture outdoors to find my whitespace-- a place free from chaos, a place where I could find peace as I listened to the birds singing and the wind blowing through the trees, a place where I could just be still and give it all to Jesus.
All alone with my thoughts in this quiet, restful place I discovered this resting was not easy. I willed myself to stay --to remain still-- as my heart was more and more exposed with each word from Bonnie’s pen, words that seemed as though they were written just for me.

"This new world of whitespace can feel disorienting--doing things that yield no use to anyone other than being God’s cherished daughter."

"…no use to anyone", those words pierced my heart as I read them and thought of how diligently I had labored to do more, to be more and yet still felt as if I had no value and that there was no use, no purpose for me. The idea of accomplishing nothing and still being cherished by God seemed unimaginable. But not only did He love me even if I did nothing to earn it, He loved me in spite of all that I had done to not deserve it.

"Jesus is leading us to the operating room of grace, where the past isn’t forgotten but remembered. We are free to remember. This is God’s gift to you. And me."
All along I had been trying to forget the past but God didn’t want me to just forget, He wanted me to be free…

"But the truth is, I’m not free inside. What I need—and what I don’t have—is soul rest."

Friends, I know that many of you are on this same journey and I want to reassure you that it’s ok because we’re not traveling alone—Jesus is at our side with every step we take and sometimes He even carries us.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Messy, Complicated, Blessed Life


I didn’t wait for the one, I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart, we didn’t have a cute little house with a white picket fence and two children and we didn’t celebrate milestones like 25 year anniversaries. No, that wasn’t my life…

My life was messy and complicated and full of hurtful choices- some made by me and some made for me- and of course it included painful consequences.

I used to hate that this was my life- disappointed that my story didn’t include all those pretty perfect things. I used to be angry with myself, with others, and sometimes even with God for the way my life turned out.

And then

God poured His grace into my life, filling me up to overflowing until I could no longer scrutinize the life that wasn’t but could only be thankful for the life that was. Looking back over my life I could see how He had protected me so many times from others and even from myself and how He rescued, restored and redeemed me from the deepest, darkest, most painful places.

The lyrics to the song "How He Loves" frequently play over and over in my head and in my heart….

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all…

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way...

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

Now when I think about my life and all that was and is and will be I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by how much God loves me, and how much He has blessed me - in ways I never dreamed and certainly didn’t deserve.

We have an amazing God who loves us like no other and when we fully comprehend that- all of the disappointments and hurts are eclipsed by His glory and regrets no longer have a place.


But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. Psalm 13:5