This space has been quiet for a while.
Since I was last here, I turned 40. (And then 41.) I bought a little house. It’s weird to have a tiny strip of land with my name on it, windows that stream in light, a yard I have to watch for weeds every couple of days or so.
I feel like I’ve had different things to weed out of my mind and heart this past year or two, or three … or five … different than the things I wrote about 8 or 10 or 12 years ago. I’m still the same Grace. He’s still the same God. And everything I believed then is still just as true.
But it resonates differently in this season. It would take a book-length blog post to unpack all the thoughts. Just like with moving overseas and back … and overseas and back … this season has taught me new things about trust. About God’s faithfulness. About the bedrock of His Word.
Things are good … but I haven’t really felt like I had thoughts that weighed enough to be said and heard. Maybe that was just God working quietly in me during this time of settling, and I felt like keeping that tucked away, sharing it with just my immediate community. Maybe it was just a shift in seasons. But either way … here we are.
So I’ve been a terrible blogger, and even worse at social media, if that’s possible. And pretty bad at email too. (If you’re one of the friends whose email is sitting in my inbox right now, I’m so sorry. You’ll be hearing from me soon.)
But I decided a few weeks ago … that was never what this blog was for, not for the most part anyway … to say things I thought needed to be said and heard. If they were heard and they helped, then God gets all the glory for that. I started it to have a place to process things God was showing me, things I was learning from His Word. A place to share stories of what He’s doing in the lives of people all over the world. And I’ve decided … that’s what it’s going back to.
So if you’re still here, hi. :) I’d love to hear how this crazy weird past couple of years has been for you. You’re welcome to stay if you want to … but no pressure. I may blog some. I’ll probably also use this space to connect you with the stories of some incredible people I’ve had the privilege of sharing on my Stories podcast, like the three missionary widows from Season 5. And God willing, one day I might write another book. We’ll see.
I’m just thankful that while we grow and change and seasons shift, He always remains the same.
So great to see you back! I am reading and re-reading your book, I Don’t Wait Anymore, my absolute all-time favorite book other than my Bible. I cannot get enough of it as it helps me focus on the Lord and knowing Him more! I pray you will soon write another book! Not only do you really love the Lord, but you tell us how to love Him more, by reading His Word! Thank you for so much inspiration and guidance to really know Him! God Bless you, Grace!
It’s good to see you back. I hope you do write more books. I Don’t Wait Anymore and Unshakeable Pursuit are two of my favorite books (and I read a lot of books)! Congratulations on your new home. May God continue to richly bless you! :)
So nice to hear from you again… Enjoy your new home! <3
I am so glad to hear you are well. The Lord put you on my mind many times, but I wasn’t sure what to write. Can’t wait to hear what is stirring in you. :)
Yay! Your blogs were super impactful for me through high school, and I come back periodically to be reminded of the way God has captured me. And in hopes that I’ll find a new post waiting. :) It’s sweet to hear from you again here.
Thank you, Marybeth! It’s great to hear from you too!
Amen!! And so glad to have you back!
Thank you, Jeri!
Grace! So good to hear from you! Congrats on your new home. Yardwork, gardening, weeds… all an ideal canvas for the Lord to remind us of His truths! You have been missed, Grace!
Thanks so much – so good to hear from you too! Hope y’all are doing well!
We don’t know each other, but I’ve always felt as though we did. I followed your blog for many years and also wrote my own for many years. I, too, stopped writing for the last few years for many of the same reasons – with a few half-hearted attempts scattered in between. Like you, I’ve found that regardless of whatever season I’m in or particular journey I’m on, Jesus remains faithful and true. My life and faith have not been a linear path by any means, and yet – the anchor holds. People always ask me if I will write again and I always say, “I think so.” This has given me hope that I will, too. Looking forward to your new posts!
Glad to hear that I’m not alone on the writing drought limb. :) Maybe we’ll both end up with some more words one day! You’re right about Jesus being faithful and true – whether it’s linear, or whether I’ve written it out here, it’s just as sweet.
Welcome back, Grace! Missed reading you in my inbox.
Thank you, April!
Thanks for raising your hand and letting us see you’re still around. Glad all is going well. l look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
Thank you, Rick! Great to hear from you too.
Hi Grace, how wonderful to hear from you. Please unsubscribe [email address].
Hi, Sandra. Thanks for the note. I looked but I couldn’t find that email address in the list.
Grace, I am always blessed by your writings, which is a gift from God! Good to hear from you again!
Thank you, Karen! I’m grateful for y’all!
Welcome back. You were missed. 💜
Thank you, Andrea. 💜 That’s kind. Hope you’re well!
Nice to hear from you Grace. I thought you got married…
Thank you, Lucilla! And I didn’t. :)
All I know today, is the He is just faithful to work out all things to His glory. He has worked in me to narrow down my focus on His presence here in each present moment. It is good to hear from you in your journey as His disciple!
Good word. Thank you, David! Great to hear from you too.
Glad you are blogging again, Grace!
Amen!!! Thank you ❤️
Thank you, Christina!
Hi, we met at FBC Jackson before Covid. I don’t recall the event. Thanks for sharing a little of your journey and I hope you will write as often as you feel led.
Thank you, Valerie! “Before covid” feels like forever ago, doesn’t it? :) I loved getting to be with y’all at FBC Jackson! Always a blessing.
Glad that you are back :) Your posts are always very inspiring and relevant. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Kaelin. That’s kind. Thanks for being here. Hope you have a great day!
Good to hear from you! It’s been awhile, thought about you when I put my signed book from you on a new shelf in my little house I’ve had for 3 years now. If you ever come back to Dover Delaware, would love to connect again! I still haven’t written my book…but maybe one day 😉
Would be great to see you! And I would love a repeat visit to that same coffee house! Hope you’re well and that you get to write that book one day. :)
Welcome Back Grace!
Thank you, Nicole!