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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

30 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 7

Today we’re discussing Chapter 7 which is titled “Choosing to remember no more.” Or as I like to call it … Forgiveness.

I had to laugh — not like ha-ha, more like how’d she do that!? — as I was reading. Lara managed to sum up in one beautiful chapter what took me an entire book to write!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we’re called to do … especially when we’ve been seriously wronged.

But.

Forgiveness is one of the most important things we’re called to do.

I believe with everything inside of me, when we call on God to help us through our struggles with forgiveness, He’ll meet us above and beyond our expectations. And truly … a true heart forgiveness just isn’t possible without His help and guidance.

This week Francie is hosting our discussion over on her blog … meet me there?

And if you haven’t yet read To Walk or Stay … hop over and grab a copy now!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in forgiveness, marriage, resources, series


6 May

grace hoarder …

Hello, my name is Tracie and I’m a grace hoarder.

I sometimes wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Is it possible to take advantage of, or take grace for granted? Join me over at my friend Rivera’s place as I share my thoughts.

OH! and she’s also giving away a copy of 31 Days of Forgiveness!


Posted in 31 days of forgiveness, forgiveness, guest post


1 Apr

love is a sacrifice …

With Easter weekend behind us, I can’t help but feel the heavy conviction of any unforgiveness lingering in my own heart.

You see, it wasn’t nails holding Jesus on that cross … it was love.

And forgiveness flows from love. Jesus loved us enough to hang here until death. So we could live forgiven.

Love is a sacrifice.

Forgiveness is a sacrifice.

God sent His Son to die for our forgiveness — so we could live in freedom. While doing so, He also set a very important model for us.

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. Matthew 6:14 NLT

Join me today at Mommy On Fire to read more of my thoughts on this very important heart matter.


Posted in 31 days of forgiveness, forgiveness, guest post


4 Feb

it’s here!!

It was last Tuesday and I’d waited all day. But it never came.

In the afternoon, I picked the girls up from the bus and took them to run some errands and out to dinner. It was dark when we’d returned and I’d sort of forgotten about it.

Almost.

Until I parked the car and looked to the front step and there it was …

my proof copy of 31 Days of Forgiveness!!!

Elation! Excitement! Disbelief! Anticipation!
Excitement! Excitement! Excitement!
Surrealness!

Total surrealness! My words … well, in all fairness, God’s words … but still! OUR words right there in front of me between a beautifully designed {thank you Erin!} front and back cover! Surrealness, right!?!

and ohmyheart!!!

When I took the book out of the packaging, Hunter — my package hound — grabbed it and exclaimed, “Is this your book?!”

“Yes babygirl, it’s mommy’s book!”

She ran back outside where my others were taking doggies potty, and showed each of them … with awe and excitement … it brought tears to my eyes to see how important it was to them. They know the hours of heart and soul I’ve poured into it and there they were treasuring it as if they’d just found a block of gold from the deep.

When Hunter showed it to Taylor, Tay looked straight at me {an important detail when we’re talking teens} full of awe and seriousness and said, “That’s really cool mom!”

The proof has been approved, details are being finalized, and 31 Days of Forgiveness {through the eyes of grace} will be launched this Wednesday {February 6}!!

I’ve got some FUN things planned for release day, so be sure to come back Wednesday for all the nitty-gritty — dare I say awesomesauce — details!!

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Posted in 31 days of forgiveness, forgiveness, writing


31 Oct

how do we know we’ve forgiven?

When God forgives, there is an immediate and
complete change in relationship.
Instead of hostility, there is love and acceptance.
Instead of enmity, there is friendship.
~ Billy Graham

In the deepest depths of our heart and soul, can we say we’ve truly forgiven someone?

A quick check might be to ask ourselves, “What does Jesus see?”

When my girls have misbehaved and try to cover it up with a lie, I ask them one simple question, not in judgment or condemnation—they don’t even need to give me an answer. The question is this, “What did Jesus see?” The fact is, it doesn’t matter if I know the truth or not, what’s important is they keep their hearts pure before the Lord.

Only God knows our hearts.

If Jesus were to look into our hearts, would He see true forgiveness?

Granted, forgiveness doesn’t always happen overnight. In most situations, forgiveness comes in stages and there’s nothing wrong with that. God knows our hearts and our heart-motives. So then, how do we know when we’ve truly forgiven?

Following are a few things to keep in mind:

  • When we can wholly give the situation over to God.
    Because let’s face it, sometimes we want to hold onto it and play it over and over in our minds. We want to talk about it, justify ourselves, and prove our point.
  • When we can follow the command found in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.”
    Personally, I’ve been guilty of this. When an offense has happened to me, I don’t always immediately want to pray blessings over them and love them. But I know true forgiveness has come when the prayers finally come.
  • We stop thinking about it. We forget the crime.
    All I have to say is—thank goodness God doesn’t remember our transgressions. If He brought to mind every sin in my life over and over again . . . well let’s just say it would be a sorry life to live.
  • Spiritually, an unexplainable peace finds its way into our hearts and minds.
  • Physically, it feels as though a burden has been lifted.
    I have multiple sclerosis and when I’m under the stress of a situation needing me to look through the eyes of grace, my symptoms start to flare. The worry and stress cause a physical reaction in my body. When I’ve truly forgiven, I feel a literal physical change in my body.
  • Finally, I believe true forgiveness has come when we see the offender and can wish him/her well.

Father, I thank You—from the depths of my soul I thank You—for putting this series topic on my heart to write and share with others. Thank you for your great Word and lessons. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for being the perfect model of forgiveness. Thank you for the work you’ve done in our lives through this series.

Father, I pray lives are changed. I’m praying for a break-through for everyone who reads these words. I pray Lord we trust you with our everything and know You’ll be faithful, loving, and just.

In Your mighty name I pray,
Amen

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Friends, I thank you for following along on this journey with me. I can’t believe it’s already come to an end. If there’s one thing I could encourage you with? If you’ve read this series over the last 31 days … I urge you not to get stuck on one particular day. I believe all 31 days are intertwined in your process. I hope you’ll pray over them, asking God to work and apply specific inspirations to your specific situations.

I’ll be taking a little break over the next few days, but hope to be back next week with a few resources/videos I’ve found on forgiveness.

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