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Saturday6Logo11Today (a day late, I realize) I’m playing with Patrick over at Patrick’s Place for Saturday Six #518.

1. K is for KAINTOPHOBIA: As a general rule, do you usually embrace the unknown of change or are you more reluctant to accept the idea of change?

I generally like things to stay a certain way, but there are times that change is important.  I like change when it comes to my life.  I know that if I’m not changing, then I’m stagnating.

2. K is for KARMA: Do you tend to believe that what goes around comes around, or do you believe things just happen?

What I believe is that you reap what you sow.  If you sow chaos and strife, you are going to reap it as well.  If you sow  love and compassion, you’ll reap that.  I think that this is just another way to speak of karma.

3. K is for KIN: How far from you does your nearest relative not living with you actually live?

5 buildings away.  My parents sold their home about a year and a half before we did and they moved into some great apartments.  When we sold our home, we looked into many apartments, but none of the them were as good as the complex my parents lived in, so when we moved, we moved just 5 buildings away.

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4. K is for KINDNESS: What is the last random act of kindness performed toward you by a stranger?

When I was walking into my hotel the other day, I took some empty water bottles from a man, who was taking them to the trash can so he could see to the rest of his unpacking.

5. K is for KISS: How old were you when you experienced your first kiss?

I was 12.

6. K is for KNOT: How many kinds of knots do you know how to tie?

I think I can tie about 3 or 4 types of knots.

Tenderhearted Mercy

picture credit to Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  ~Colossians 3:12-13

The Word for 2012…

Dictionary.com defines grace as mercy, clemency, or pardon.  Merriam-Webster‘s definition is a special favor, disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.  Another definition of grace that I found online was God’s riches at Christ’s expense.  A definition that we use at church is unmerited favor.

I’ve decided that I’ve learned a lot about grace in 2011; things that really changed my way of thinking about others, so in 2012 I’m going to continue to work on giving grace.  If God was willing to give me unmerited favor when I didn’t deserve it, then who am I to deny my brothers and sisters the same grace?  So, I look forward to sharing moments of grace with you, my reader, as 2012 unfolds.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  Ephesians 2:8-9