Beauty in grace

January 4, 2011

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We don’t know where life will take us.

What’s certain is that our feet were made for walkin’ and we’ll be doing a lot of it. It’s best to walk in the Way … the truth … the light. It can be easier if you walk with someone who shares the daily struggle. Someone who aspires and falls, triumphs and survives … someone who seeks beauty and learns from the journey, and shares a bit of her soul to spread joy to others.

One day I stumbled into someone who lived life big and bold and bright.

Her name is Edie. I know her only by the words she writes and the photos she shares, by the carefully considered thoughts she offers. She has a spark. She has a gift. Without a doubt, she knows God. And she loves her family with every ounce of being.

 

Be the change you want to see in your children. You go first. Be the leader. Show them by example how to extend grace to others. Talk about the deep theological questions that haunt you so they learn how to have meaningful conversation about life’s ultimate purpose …
Be honest with them, that you don’t have all the answers. And ask for their forgiveness when you fail them, as you are certain to do, daily. Let them hear your prayers, see your struggles, and even your tears. Invite them to learn along with you instead of requiring them to learn on their own. One thing I know for sure is that I am not equipped for this task, but I’m willing to continue to grow.  I say all this with a broken heart for the regret of not realizing these truths sooner.

 

Her words. Spoken from a tortured soul seeking to bring grace and love to those she holds dear … but willing to give of herself so that others might find grace on their own journey.

 

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I only read her words. I have never said a word to her … but she is a kindred spirit.

A mother. Wife. Homekeeper. Homeschooler. Decorator. Avid reader. Doctor.

And perhaps that is where it comes from …

 

 

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Her desire to make people better …

to heal them with beauty and grace and thanksgiving.

And now — at this minute, she is searching for beauty and grace and thanksgiving. For healing that returns smiles to faces and joy to hearts and ease to weary souls.

She lives her Life In Grace.

I pray that she is washed in it, cloaked in it overwhelmed by it, now.

 

Meet Edie and her beautiful family, here. And if you have a minute, say a prayer that their heartache is eased.

Photos from Life In Grace.

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  • Flower Patch Farmgirl January 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful, Farmgirl! I had somehow missed the post you quoted. She’s such a wise Mama.

  • mothergoose January 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face. No one ever dreams of something as devastating as this families situation! However, if I must face something as heart breaking as this I hope that I could do so with even an ounce of the faith and grace she has! May God surround them in his loving arms and may they find comfort in the out-pouring of love they are receiving! My thoughts and prayers to these wonderful people!

  • edie January 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

    what a blessing you have been to me dear friend. the girls and i got your package and were just so encouraged. only Christ can do that. can knit hearts together that are far away and have never met. i am just completely humbled by His love and how he has used you to minister grace to us.
    bless you.
    love to you.
    always grace,
    edie

  • sherry hart January 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Jennifer
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can’t remember who I heard about Edie from but what a horrible tragedy. Not that you can say anything good about a situation like that but I am just so glad that her whole family survived.