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The Mustard Seed

This past Saturday morning, I set out on a run, but didn’t even make it a block before I had to stop.  I had a giant boulder in one of my shoes (or so I thought.)  When I stopped to shake out my shoe however, all that I could see was a teensy, weensy, itty-bitty, little grain of dirt.  The “boulder” that I was certain I had in my shoe, wasn’t even big enough to be categorized as a pebble!  As I shook out my shoe, I marveled at the ability of this tiny speck.  Despite it’s demure size, it had the strength to stop me dead in my tracks.  The grain of dirt in my shoe immediately reminded me of the mighty mustard seed.  “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this…

Just in Case

“Just in Case” was written by my dear husband, Ryan Miller.  He shared this with me on our 23rd Valentine’s Day together, and it warmed my heart in a way that flowers or candy never will.   I hope you enjoy his sweet message, too.  – God Bless, Mimi Just in Case I used to attend church when it was convenient for me.  I attended when I felt I needed to go, just in case this “God thing” was real.  I didn’t care about other people’s place with God.  I didn’t want to hear about others problems.  I just went to church in case the God thing was real, and I needed a ticket to Heaven.  I never really reflected on that until now.  I’ve shared my “Root Beer Barrel” testimony, and if you haven’t read it,  you can read it here, but I’ve had a history of wavering in my…

Recharge your Batteries

Last Summer, my friend Meg and her oldest daughter, Paige headed to Toledo for a Doctor’s appointment.  After the hour long drive, they parked and walked into the clinic.  As they walked, Meg clicked the “lock” button on her key fob.  They heard the signature “click” signaling that the van was secure, and they headed inside for the appointment. When the appointment was over, they returned to the van, and Meg pulled out her key fob.  To her dismay, no matter how many times she clicked the button, the doors would not unlock.  She even handed the fob over to Paige, but the button wouldn’t work for her either.  They tried using the “key” located inside the fob to open the door manually, but it just wouldn’t unlock.  In desperation, Meg called the dealership where they had purchased the van.  The dealership agreed to drive a spare set of keys…

A Prayer of Transformation

One of the most powerful ways to invite Jesus into your life, is to say a prayer of transformation.  Whether you say it once in your lifetime, or each and every day, it is certain to be life changing. Inviting Jesus into your heart, and dedicating your life to Him is the most powerful way to experience God’s everlasting love.  As St. Augustine said, “Our Hearts are restless, until they rest in you Lord.” The Prayer of Transformation below comes from Matthew Kelly’s book, “Rediscovering Jesus” as referenced here. Loving Father, Here I am. I trust that you have an incredible plan for me. Transform me. Transform my life. Everything is on the table. Take what you want to take and give what you want to give. Transform me into the person you created me to be, so I can live the life you envision for me. I hold nothing…

The Irish Rosary

The story of the Irish Rosary is one of the very reasons that I started graceandmimi.com.  When I first heard  Father Jim Halleron share this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many other stories like this exist.  News channels and social media  cover the latest tragedy or political drama, but they tend to skip over the good news; especially that which evidences God at work.    I wanted to do my small part to change this by creating Grace & Mimi, a place for sharing true testimonies from everyday life.   I hope Father Jim’s story of the Irish Rosary inspires you to share the good news, too. The Irish Rosary When Father Jim Halleron graduated from Seminary, he desperately wanted an Irish Rosary.  Despite his meager earnings, Father Jim “splurged” and purchased a rather expensive Irish Rosary.  Not long after, he received a call from the St. Joe’s parish office where he…

Socktober 2018

This October, the kids of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Bryan once again hit it out of the park by collecting 209 pairs of brand new socks for donation to our local shelter.  Pictured above are some of our great sock collectors.  From left to right; Phillip Calabrese, Joe Calabrese, and Tucker Miller.  Great job, kids!

I’m Listening

This past March, I found myself in a rare moment, attending a Church service without my Family.  Deep in prayer and reflection, I felt God calling me to tackle a task that I REALLY didn’t want to tackle.  He was calling me to spend more time with him, and to really LISTEN to Him.  I knew just what He wanted me to do. For the past 10 years, I’ve been running 3-4 days a week.  I typically run around 5 miles in the dark of the morning before the rest of my family rises.  It’s during this time that I pray.  I pray for EVERYTHING;  big things, little things, and personal things.  I pray for myself, family, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers.  If you can think of it, I’ve probably prayed for it as I jog.  It’s just how I process things, and it’s just how I DEAL with this crazy world.…

An Unlikely Friend

I haven’t always had a lot of friends.  For a long time, I only had a lot of “acquaintances.”  Matthew 5:47 helped me to recognize the difference. “If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? Ouch.  I was (and still sometimes am) guilty of only engaging would-be friends with superficial small talk.  Afraid to open up for fear of rejection, I dance around deeper subjects, missing the opportunity to fully engage with God’s fellow children.  When I make this mistake, I am missing out on experiencing one of our Father’s greatest gifts: friendship.  We can be certain that God intended us to have friends on this earth;  Scripture is full of friendship references, and the word “friend” appears approximately 107 times (depending on the version of the Word.) Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:     whoever finds one has found…

Please Lord Remind Me

When the sink is full of dishes And the laundry overflows, Please Lord remind me Every good and perfect gift is from above. When my nerves are frayed And my patience runs thin, Please Lord remind me Every good and perfect gift is from above. When sleep is but a memory And I hear cries down the hall, Please Lord remind me Every good and perfect gift is from above. When precious moments surround me And I am not in awe, Please Lord remind me Every good and perfect gift is from above.   Amen *This beautiful prayer was written by Jody Freeman*

God Loves Math

I’ve never been a “math” person.  I struggled with it in school, spending many evenings crying at the kitchen table while my Dad tried to explain the principles of Algebra and Geometry.  In college, my best friend (now husband) tutored me throughout my  Calculus, Accounting,  and Economics classes.  Today, I rely upon my handy calculator on my phone to complete simple math problems.  So to say I’m not a “math” person, might actually be an understatement.  What I’ve recently noticed though is, GOD LOVES MATH! This concept that God Loves Math really dawned on me when having lunch with a new friend a few weeks ago.  She kept using the word, “discipleship” to describe how she and her husband complete their work as campus missionaries for Cru (also known as Campus Crusade for Christ.)  In their work, they seek out others to “disciple” with the hope and intention that they too…

A Prayer for the Graduate

Father, I have knowledge, but need You to show me now, How to use it wisely, and find a way somehow, To make the world I live in, a little better place, And make life’s problems, a little easier to face. Grant me faith and courage, and put purpose in my days, And show me how to serve Thee, in effective ways. I pray my education, knowledge and skill, May find their true fulfillment, As I learn to do Your will. May I be aware, in everything I do, That knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You. Amen. *Prayer Source:  http://www.lords-prayer-words.com