Welcome to Valley of Grace: An Encouragement, Character Development, and Lifestyle Blog!
My website came into being for two reasons: 1) a desire to connect with and encourage others who have gone through situations like myself : going through trials and living with trauma on a daily basis. It not only focuses on encouraging people, but helping us work together in refining our character as we go through these rough times, and 2) improving the art of practicing simple, functional, grace-filled living.
The blog posts category shows all blog posts from the beginning to the present. If you want to go to a specific month, then you can click on the “Blog Post Archives” on the right side of the home page. The Categories menu features: devotions, poetry, recipes, diy home decorating, and book discussion videos. The health menu features Emotional and Mental Health, Wellness, and Spiritual Health.
Healing Our Brokenness is my podcast program that addresses the issues that come with living the Christian life in a broken world. I dissect problems that arise from our own brokenness, conjure up solutions for healing and dealing with this brokenness, and then intentionally support giving ourselves and others grace and mercy when dealing with these issues.
Valley of Grace is a comprehensive site geared towards simple, functional, grace-filled living because we all feel God’s presence and experience therapeutic healing in different ways: The recipes serve to help you figure out simple meals to cook. The devotions and poetry serve as healing and meditative subjects for the week, while the book discussions serve as an extension of my site, giving you excerpt discussions from some of the different books that I have published.
The diy home decorating section came out of a desire to help woman like myself, who have been through trauma, live on a tight income, and are forced to start over rebuilding the furniture pieces in their home. What I have found is that there is a lack of knowledge of where to purchase inexpensive items, what organizations offer furniture for free or at discounted prices, and how to decorate your homes with these pieces.
What I have noticed over the years, particularly when my kids were little, is that my home was more like a museum. Certain areas of the house was off limits. There is nothing wrong with having special rooms for company. In my case, it was way overkill. When the kids had company over, I was constantly reminding them of making sure that their friends were careful. I walked around afraid of things getting broken all the time.
I believe that God wants us to enjoy the things that he has blessed us with. This was not enjoyment. When our home is filled with things that are too complex, or high-maintenance, there is more time involved in the upkeep, dread when people come over to fellowship, and then dread when they leave and we have to clean up. We all have our definition of simple. I like to think of simple as not an all-consuming focus on things, and more about relationships.
When you sign up for my site, you will automatically receive a welcome email with a link to my 3-part devotion bundle: “Recovering from the Self-Worth Hustle”. I love displaying printables, signs, and wall art on my refrigerator and corkboard in the kitchen to serve as constant reminders that I am not walking this road alone. These sayings and scriptures also keep me grounded in the truth.
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