One year ago, I attended a women’s retreat led by Susanne Hassell. One of the exercises we did during our time there was to put together a journal of dreams. Specifically, our assignment was to “Awaken the dreams that have nearly died and allow yourself to dream anew”. Our inspiration for this exercise was a poem by Joyce Rupp:
when midlife comes along, it is time to awaken the dreams in us that have nearly died. it is time to call them forth, to remember how it felt to risk all for the inner vision. and the vision has wings of wisdom now, no more excuses for why dreams can’t be tried. it is time. now or never. dreams if not lived soon will die. dreams if not tried on now will fall apart like beautiful clothes left too long in a rotting attic. blessed be the One who keeps on believing in us and blessed be the One who goes on dreaming in us even when we forget.
The third dream I wrote down in that journal was “start a blog”. I think this dream came out of a desire to share from my heart the lessons I have been learning along my journey toward Heaven. Today I am making that dream a reality. My hope is that God will use my posts to encourage, inspire, comfort, and connect deeply with y’all who are most dear to me.
“Reaching out to Grace”, the has a double meaning. My daughter Bethany’s middle name is Grace and I often call her “Gracie”. When she went away to college and we still lived in Jordan, it was very hard to connect. With a seven hour time difference and thousands of miles between us, I couldn’t just pick up the phone whenever I wanted to talk to her and I couldn’t just hop in the car to drive to see her. There were many “conversations” I had in my head with her that never actually took place due to these constraints. Even now, she lives hundreds of miles away and there is a three hour time difference between us. Perhaps this blog will be a way for me to reach out to Gracie and all my other dear friends across the world who I love and miss so much .
The second meaning of “Reaching out to Grace” refers to my lifelong journey reaching out to Grace Incarnate – my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Since I made Him Lord of my life when I was eighteen, I have never stopped pursuing Him and following Him. He has become my best Friend, the Lover of my soul, and the One who gives me hope, purpose, and joy. In the quietness of my heart, He has spoken life and truth to me. He has said to me “in Me there is fullness of Joy”. He is the God of the broken heart, the bruised spirit, and the weak body – this is where the power of His presence dwells.
Thank you for joining me in this journey.
Philippians 3:12-14 from The Message: “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.”