Wednesday, January 2, 2013


What do you think of when you hear the word "GRACE"?
Do you think of things that move with grace?

... Like this peacock that moves with grace...
...Or can you even see grace in a picture like this?
Yes, that's our house under that tree...
This photo was taken after the January 2009 ice storm.
After we trimmed away two-thirds of the tree's broken parts,
it wept and wept.
Large drops of water would land on our heads or clothing
as we walked under it.

Grace has many definitions and takes many forms.
(Click on the highlighted word above to see what Webster has to say about grace.)
 On Rock4Today  featuring "Names of God on Rocks",
 "God of all Grace" was the name chosen for this week.
The basis for it was taken from 1 Peter 5:10,
which talks about the "God of all Grace"
restoring us AFTER we have suffered awhile.

Grace is what God gives me
to make it through the trials of life.
So much is said in the Bible about God's grace.
When I am at my lowest point,
it is God's grace that carries me through.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

This little tree in front of our house is just an example of God's restoring power.
This picture was taken about 6 months after the ice storm.
Compared to how large the tree used to be,
what was left was so small,
and made me feel that our house was naked and exposed.

I looked and looked for some recent pictures of this tree that I have on file.
...The trouble is, I've got a new computer,
and I'm quite unfamiliar with Windows 8.
Although I looked and looked, I could not find the picture 

that I wanted to show how this little tree has been restored.
But the tree has filled out again.
This picture was taken in late summer from our little front porch

as I looked through its leaves toward the sunrise.

Why did I spend so much time looking for that picture of the tree?
Because it is a picture of God's grace to me.
What seems at times to be unbearable and beyond repair,
He restores.
Thank God for His grace!


EG CameraGirl said...

Grace is a beautiful word, isn't it?

Claudia Willison said...

That tree sure looks very graceful to me, but it must have been difficult for you.

Naperville Now said...

that was quite an ice storm -- very glad your tree made it through

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful photos of nature's gifts ~

(A Creative Harbor aka ArtMusedog and Carol ^_^)

Great to have you 'stop by' ~

signed...bkm said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on Grace...I really needed to embrace them today...bkm

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I am so thankful for God's mercy and his grace.

Riet said...

Grace is a beautiful and when I read it I think of beauty. Love your photo's. happy newyear

Kara said...

We had a big ice storm and I think it may have been in 2009 as well. We all suffered a lot of damage.

Debra said...

Love the hymn Amazing Grace...that is what I think of first

You'll get used to Win 8 but it takes awhile / I HATED it at first

Jedidja said...

I love you Grace-blog with the imposant pictures. Thanks!

Jenny said...

Grace is amazing.

Just like it says in the song!

And this was quite a grace filled post!

Thank you for linking.

I always find peace here.