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

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

Critic vs. Valiant Credit

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you, R. Todd over at Thoughts from the Front for the timely reminder.
    Be valiant. Anyone can be a critic…Dare to be different.


Marsh Flowers ©Gracie K Harold 2015