A Swollen Heart

Like an animal hide that is stretched and pulled in the heat as it is secured to a tent peg; my heart is swollen. My heart doesn’t swell in pain, necessarily, but with the juxtaposition of an “easy burden”, or a “liberating mantle”.  My heart is swollen with the truths that I have learned and discovered this past year. If I had one, just one thing that I could miraculously communicate to all of the people on Earth at one time; it would be this:


I would travel village to village in remote places; setting aside my Instagram and Facebook account, and my photo-ops; and simply wash dirty feet.  I would hug lepers, and rescue children caught in sex trafficking. I would punch their traffickers in the face, and remind them that their actions are deplorable.  I would reaffirm the value and worth of the innocent and shame-filled, restoring their decency.  I would call out the crooked money makers; seizing their ill-gotten gain; and restore justice to the widows, poor, and the orphans.  I would take down the drug lords who seize food and commodities that the poor are dying for.  I would stop the murder of the innocent; whether their blood screams from a foreign land, an inner-city ghetto, or a clinic. I would cry daily as I was reminded of how deeply I am loved; faults, shortfalls, insecurities and all. I would advocate for justice while fully understanding that we are to live out the following: 

 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

I would listen.  My silence would communicate love. My tears would speak empathy. My heart would be moved with compassion. My advocacy would be tireless and courageous. I would face corruption with a relentless determination to restore justice. I would bless my enemies, and pray for revival in those who persecute me and my loved ones. I would walk where I was directed to walk, fixing the eyes of my soul on the author and perfecter of my faith.  I would bask in HIS love for me, and stand my feet so securely in HIS love, that no matter what, my heart would be tethered and fettered to HIS character.

My identity would be found in His character. Everything else in this life would be viewed as “petty” and “trivial” in comparison to being lost in the love that He has for me, and living out that love so that others may see it tangibly!

My heart is full, so full; of the goodness of the LORD. His love NEVER quits!

Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits.

This last year, we have lived through homelessness, being entrusted with a beautiful rental, more car repairs than we can count, four hospitalizations, three road trips of faith, being given money THREE DIFFERENT TIMES BEFORE WE EVEN ASKED FOR IT, the privilege of meeting and encouraging members of a persecuted church (here in America!), the honor of worshiping together with tens of thousands of people who simply wanted to celebrate the worth of Jesus (Yeshua), seeing miraculous healing in many different people, being surprised by food and grocery deliveries, being brought through horrifying situations only to discover that God’s love never quits, and in all things; seeing the tender goodness of our loving and kind Abba God.

As we look to 2018, may we ALL, no matter our religion, skin color, culture, persuasion, age, class, spirituality, gender, ethnicity, upbringing, beliefs, or dogma; be blessed on this earth with a fresh revelation of the great love that YHWH has for us. May HIS love open our eyes, restore our faith, and redirect our gazes where they belong…on HIM. May His love overwhelm us and flow through us EVERYWHERE He takes us. May our pierced hearts be captured and mended by HIS love. May HIS peace push out the chaos of this life, and may we be vessels of justice, kindness, and humble mercy as we are forever taken hold of by His love.  May His love change us, renew us, and restore us. AMEN.A Swollen Heart


Beautiful Strength

If you think that your past disqualifies you from the present,


You are NOT defined by your past!

Just because there was pain, that does not mean that there won’t be beauty!

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.” – Hosea 2:14


Beautiful Strength (c)Gracie K. Harold 2017

This cactus blossom reminds me that any beauty in this world is a reminder that

God is love.

He could have left us in our sinful, painful choices; but instead, he enters our pain

and provides comfort, love and redemption.

Today, may you see past the pain; and may your eyes be open to see the beauty that He has for you!

Beloved, you are loved so much more than you comprehend!

Rest in His love today, receive the beauty!

Love, Gracie K.

Holiday Cheer

Need a moment to mentally curl up by the fireplace and simply breathe?

Below are two links from the most popular posts of the year:

This one will take you 30 seconds to see, but take longer if you wish.

This one will take about 45 seconds to read. 

Silhouette Beauty

Silhouette Beauty

Or, simply gaze on the above photo…and breathe.

Beloved, you are dearly loved!

Allow your soul to be saturated with His love this holiday season!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And may he multiply and increase your love one toward another,  and that to every person, just as we love you, (First Thessalonians 3:12)


Gracie K.

steady through the waves

steady through the waves

steady through the waves

Feel like you are being tossed around today?  Is your stomach pitching and rolling with the tides?



We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain.

 Hebrews 6:19 (GOD’S WORD® Translation)

The waves may be strong, but He is stronger.

Cry out to Him!

Rest in His strength!

Antique Ideas

This photo inspires me.

It speaks to so much.

I am reminded to seek the wisdom of my ancestors,

to look to the same

source of wisdom that they sought out.

I am inspired to continue on, despite frustrations and setbacks.

I am reminded of the light bulb’s creator.

Edison became famous for saying “I have not failed 10,000 times.

I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.

When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

(This is taken from  Forbes.com)

I am encouraged

to persevere.

Even when I feel like I don’t know what to write about,

or what needs to be heard.

Although I may feel like I failed,

I will keep writing, and researching and working.

I don’t write for money, or accolades or fame.

I write to share what mistakes I’ve made, what lessons I’ve learned,

and where I have found beauty.

I write to share about the overwhelming Goodness that God has lavished on me

despite the ugliest and darkest of times.

Remember, the smallest flicker of light overcomes the darkest of

nights. -Gracie K. Harold

Antique Ideas

Antique Ideas