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10 Most Popular Posts

These are the ten most viewed posts on www.gracefulgaines.com

Backseat Reflections

My family drove to my parents’ house to celebrate Mother’s Day. The drive takes about and hour-and-a-half. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to take the top off of my hubby’s Jeep. It was a nice drive down. Being in the front passenger’s side, I was in charge of navigating the radio. I … Continue reading »

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It’s What You Leave Behind

When the sun came up yesterday morning, I was delighted to see that my yellow irises were blooming. They even have a name, Money. They bloom every year right around my birthday and they are like a birthday wish from heaven. My maternal grandmother died the month before I was born and so I never … Continue reading »

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Even When You Can’t See Him

A couple of days ago, I sat down at my kitchen table and had a pity party. I had just returned from the doctor’s office after a breathing treatment and armed with an antibiotic. My week-long cold had turned into bronchitis and I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. My sweet hubby, … Continue reading »

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Spreading the Fragrance of Christ

I recently visited my parents. They have a huge yard and a ton of really beautiful things were blooming, but my daddy couldn’t stop talking about the tea olive bush. When he pointed it out, I was unimpressed. With all of the bright, showy things blooming, it wasn’t much to look at. But, he just … Continue reading »

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Honey vs. Vinegar

A few weeks ago, my hubby and I were shopping at Sam’s Club. I love that store. There are always so many cool things to look at when I’m there. This particular time, there was a salesperson trying to sellĀ a satellite service. This woman was like a bulldog. The first thing she asked was who … Continue reading »

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God Knew

I clicked on the Weather Channel yesterday morning to figure out what I should wear to church. It had been raining for days and was unseasonably cool. But, when the page opened up, the headline made me catch my breath. It read, “Catastrophic Flooding in South Carolina.” What to wear to church was completely forgotten. … Continue reading »

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Loving Our Neighbors

Over the past few days, I’ve written about an amazing ministry that I was able to participate in, in South Carolina. I’ve written about the many volunteers, who graciously gave their time and resources to be the hands and feet of Christ for the week. Today I’m going to share a little bit about the … Continue reading »

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Endless Possibilities With God

On the first day of my mission trip, we went around the room and introduced ourselves. That kind of thing is usually kind of awkward, but in this case, there was lots of joking. Many of the people already knew each other and everyone was incredibly friendly. There was one teen in attendance who used … Continue reading »

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Calling All Prayer Warriors

I received a call last night from a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while. Interestingly enough, I was in the process of writing a post about the importance of making time to stay connected with special people in your life. I am always amazed at God’s timing and how He works in my … Continue reading »

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Still Standing

I had a really hard day yesterday. My hubby and I had to make a really difficult, but necessary decision. I shared it with some of my heart sisters at church. Everyone who is a Christian is a brother or sister in Christ, but there are some of those people who share a very special … Continue reading »

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