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Last summer, I wrote a couple of devotions for a scripture study journal called Stories of Grace, published by a ministry I am a part of called Take Up & Read. Stories of Grace is a study of Jesus’ parables and what they mean in our own lives. My devotions were on the sower and the seed and the mystery of grace working in our soul, and fittingly, the prodigal son. I think all of us can relate to that parable in some way, and for me it is hitting particularly hard this week as some dear friends of ours are in trouble, leaving us in a position where all we can do is pray, hope, and wait. And I realize, once again, how difficult it can be to trust that God’s love is with us always. When my copy of Stories of Grace arrived this week and I reread my own words I was struck by how much I needed them right now, and maybe they will meet you where you are as well.
This journal is full of beautiful stories, and there will be a companion blog series as well, to which I contributed most of the photography. I hope you will join us there from October 1st through October 31st as we work through the journal as a community. I think if you order your book today, you might have it in time to begin! If not, don’t worry, it will be easy to catch up and the blog posts will always be there. I also want to mention that there is a FREE children’s companion journal available for download from Take Up & Read. There is a primary version for kids ages approximately 5-8, and another for the older children ages 8-13. I am planning on working through these with my girls as they have been deeply affected by the situation with our friends and are really struggling right now. I pray that Stories of Grace will be healing for all of us.