Everyday Grace

Searching for goodness in the ordinary

Day 26: Keep Crawling // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
26

photo: Homero Esparza Guillen

Hi there! This is day 26 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

I work at a local escape room, where people pay to be locked in a room with their friends for an hour and have to solve puzzles to get out. My job is to explain the rules to people, and then sit on the other side of a computer where I can see and hear them, and give them clues when they get stuck. (more…)

Day 25: Adonai Shama // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
25

photo: Shamia Casiano

Hi there! This is day 25 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

I found the photo below the other day from the prehistoric vault, y’all. Yours truly is in the middle (somehow a brown dress and silver eyeshadow made some kind of sense in 2006). Just look at these babies at their senior prom. Bless their hearts. They did not have YouTube makeup or hair tutorials which enable high schoolers of today to completely skip their awkward phase, which is criminally unfair. (Attention People Born After 1995: If I couldn’t escape body glitter and crimped hair, you shouldn’t be allowed to either.) We went to David’s Bridal with our moms to shop for our floor-length prom dresses, back when $200 was an insane amount to spend on a dress for a dance, and teenagers did not have credit cards or iPhones to snap pictures back and forth to their friends. This photo was taken on an honest-to-goodness disposable film camera! I carried it in my tiny satin clutch purse next to my keys and my frosted lip gloss that had a little mirror built into the cap. Oh, high school. I don’t miss you one bit. (more…)

Day 24: Adonai Rapha // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
24

photo: Dana Tentis

Hi there! This is day 24 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

It’s fall, the prettiest and most fitting season for life changes. I’m celebrating two sweet friends who got engaged this week, one who just got married, and another two who announced they are pregnant with their first babies. I am SO genuinely thrilled for them, but can I admit something tender to you? If I’m honest, the huge joy I feel for these friends is tinged with a tiny drop of bitterness. (more…)

Day 23: Adonai Nissi // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
23

photo: Michael Fertig

Hi there! This is day 23 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:14

Sometimes I find it difficult to see God’s hand at work in my life in the middle of a crisis, even if it is easy to see Him at work in the lives and troubles of others. Maybe I’m too close to my own circumstances, or maybe the enemy loves to make us feel like God is taking care of others and leaving us out.

There are two passages in Exodus that tell a better story.  (more…)