David, our son, took this photo for me yesterday on my iPhone. I like the colors that are shown. #nofilter


Gold Star Award – CCY Features: #19

5-gold-stars    What an incredible honor this is!

The following is the link to Cee’s blog where I was gifted with this recognition.

A sincere thank you to Cee for all of the wisdom that I have been able to glean from her over the last year; as well as immense gratitude to all of you, readers.

You warm my heart more than I can ever hope to convey! =)

Snowy triangles


Gracie K.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – things that are Smooth

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is found here . The entries always inspire me!

Below is my entry for the week.


It was taken at a car show this past summer, in the small town that means so much to me.

Every time I see it, I want to run with the wind in my hair! =)


Santa Claus Theology

“Santa Claus for adults?  That’s who you believe in?”

His tone was incredulous and sarcastic.

“Here I thought I was having an intelligent conversation…”

I chuckled at his wit, as my heart broke for his past experiences.

Jesus Christ has never claimed to be Santa Claus, and He certainly never promised an easy time for those who choose to make him the center of their lives.

The problem begins when we allow our preferences and comfort to dictate our theology.

I have spent years questioning God about the pain, grief and loss that I have experienced.

I failed to remember in those moments, what the truth is.

Taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.
Christ promised us perfect peace, tribulation, distress and suffering.
Santa Claus gives gifts based on whether or not we “behaved”.
Christ promised us peace if we put our faith in Him; the very definition of something that we didn’t earn, couldn’t earn, and certainly don’t deserve.
The very nature of Christ demonstrates humility, undeserved favor, and overwhelming goodness.
If you are like me, and you question the coexistence of Christ and pain, please cry out to Him bluntly.
Be honest.
Tell Him your struggles.
simply ask Him to show you His love and overwhelm you with His
That’s it.
Stocking and Christmas Tree not required.

“Nikon Era” (c) Gracie K Harold 2014

Thankful Thursday – Lightbreak in the Burrow



To take up refuge.

To withdraw from those around you, and seek refuge.

To burrow, or hide oneself away.

Sometimes, it feels safer to be hidden or burrowed away.

We were not created to hide in darkness.

24May Yahweh bless you and protect you;

25may Yahweh make His face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

26may Yahweh look with favor on you

and give you peace.

HCSB Numbers 6:24-26

If He meant us to dwell in darkness, He would never “shine His face on you”

When you feel overwhelmed,

remember that He who shines His face on you is


You are NOT alone.

Bask today in His Goodness, soak up His light.

Swim in the knowledge that you, beloved;

are dearly loved.

Embrace it.

Thank God for it,

then go out in peace.

Lightbreak in the Burrow

Lightbreak in the Burrow