Sunday, February 8, 2009

Seeking Grace in everyday life

(our granddaughter is a gift of grace ;-) have to post pics of her !)

This was a blessed week. I love what happened on Friday and on the weekend especially ---a bunch of God winks.

On Friday I listened to one of Christopher's pastor's sermons. He spoke about seeking and looking for the grace that is evident each day in our lives.---to actively look for it.

Then when I went to pick up Grandpa for his weekly visit to Grandma he was not ready. So as he was readying himself I picked up a book. I found this quote of Frederick Buechiner's that I loved:

"There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not recognize him...See [your life] for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, and smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace."

---That tied in with the sermon--looking for the grace in our everyday lives. Then when we went to the nursing home just as we were finishing up the visit two ladies were leaving through the room we were in......They started talking to us and one of the ladies said to gram that she had one stuffed animal left and she was going to give it to gram. An 11 year old boy had donated his animals (which were like new) to give to people at the nursing home. It was such a neat thing for him to do and it was an example of grace reaching outward. Then the lady and grandpa started sharing about Christ's work in their lives---it was so refreshing.

To tie this all together I read this today:

"Attention is also known as mindfulness, awareness, concentration, recollection. It is a primary practice, and not just alphabetically. We must stay alert or we risk missing critical elements of the spiritual life — moments of grace, opportunities for gratitude, evidence of our connections to others, signs of the presence of Spirit. The good news is that attention can be practiced anywhere, anytime, in the daily rounds of our lives.

Begin by doing one thing at a time. Keep your mind focused on whatever you happen to be doing at the moment. It is through the mundane and the familiar that we discover a world of ceaseless wonders. Train yourself to notice details. "

I love it when God wants to teach us something and He hits us from all sides !! So this week my goal is to look for His grace daily--and signs of the presence of the Spirit ;-).


  1. Good morning Nannykim. For some reason I was just thinking about you and realized I had not visited you in a long time so here I am. I enjoyed getting caught up some in reading your blog. I liked the nursing home story. My Mom was in a nursing home before she died nine years ago. She was older than most of the other patients there but she was physically fit. It was her mind that was her problem. She was constantly opening doors for people and generally helping others.
    Hope you have great week.

  2. Hi Nannykim,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. It is a pleasure to meet you and visit your beautiful blog. Your post on Seeking Grace in everday life is lovely and so inspirational.

    I will visit you often and share your blog with my friends.

  3. Frederich Buechiner is one of my favorite writers. I have several of his books. Ah..the moment. How we need to live in the moment. Grace is one of my favorite words. You talked about my favorite things today.

  4. He does have a way of doing that, doesn't He??

    Lovely picture of your little grand girl!

  5. Great post, Nannykim, I try to treasure each blessing from God and to even seek them out but I always need reminders. I also need reminders to pay it forward like the little boy with his stuffed animals! THANKS

    I love the granddaughters picture. PRICELESS!

    The twins post is finally up...check it out if you have time.

  6. What great advice! It is so true that we need to stop and seek God's grace in our everyday life.

    Thank you so much for your support this week on my blog. I really appreciate it!

    Hugs, Sharon
    P.S. The picture of your little grandaughter is so cute!