Receive Grace, Live Grace, Show Grace, REPEAT!!!

GRACE : simple elegance or refinement of movement as defined in the dictionary.

GRACE : (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

There was a time that I thought it was just an act, a thing. Grace was what you said before a meal or a just-because gift for a friend. Grace showed up in

Grace is tough!! When I think of it in the LITERAL sense, just being graceful, light on your feet just beautiful movement … I FAIL …. I am a born KLUTZ!!! The hours I spent in the emergency room because I hurt myself should be awarded a medal!!! Then I think of Grace in the spiritual/emotional sense, and if i’m going to be real and honest,


Often times we all want to be shown grace whether it be by our spouse, our boss, our family, our friends and if we are really lucky our kids. But how can we possibly ask for grace if we aren’t giving back grace? As Easter Sunday approaches, I am reminded of the greatest form of grace that has ever been shown to us:

Jesus hanging on that wooden cross and dying for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!

Jesus in that moment showed GRACE to the very worst of humanity. Yet we struggle to show grace to our loved ones and friends most of the time.

Have you ever thought about a moment where you could have shown grace? But you didn’t want to, didn’t have time to, etc. I can think of a time, sadly I can think of more then one time, and I am sure there will be others to come. Now I am not making myself out to be a monster, because that I am not. But I am not PERFECT, I fall short of God’s grace often but even at my worst God’s grace has been at its best!

So the next time you want to be mad at your spouse, SHOW THEM GRACE and ask them whats going on, talk it out.

The next time your kids throw a fit for no good reason, take a breath and SHOW THEM GRACE, because we are our children’s Godly examples.

The next time your boss treats you not so kindly, SHOW THEM GRACE, you don’t know the struggles they are dealing with in their lives.

The next time you hear about someone’s problems, SHOW THEM GRACE, don’t judge them, love them!

Like I said GRACE IS NOT EASY. But it is so worth it. My prayer every morning is this:

I want to be a Mom full of grace 

I want to be a Wife full of grace 

I want to be a Daughter full of grace 

I want to be a Friend full of grace 

I want to be a Woman full of grace 

But most importantly I want to be a child of God full of grace. 

So as Easter approaches, be mindful of the people you encounter, and show grace even when its hard. Because the grace you show someone today, can change their tomorrow.

That is understated. Few recognize and/or understand the power and blessings that flow from Grace. Extend Grace at all times, to all people, and in every circumstance. It will change everything - and most importantly YOU!



Dear Son,


As I sit here in bed my mind begins to wander to the day you born…..

I woke up that morning knowing that this was the day I would get to meet my little boy. I was scared …. No I was petrified to undergo surgery and to become a mom. But the moment I heard your cry, heard your weight and your height my life was forever changed. They placed your cheek next to mine and you instantly stopped crying and instantly I began to cry.

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We took you home and it was bliss, well for a few hours and then we began weeks of no sleep. We were exhausted, drained, and a bit stir crazy. But every sound you made, every smile you gave us, every cuddle reminded us that you were ours and we would do anything for you.

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Then you became more playful, rolling over, playing with toys, watching hockey with your dad. You started eating food and it was like the greatest day of your life we could not get it in there FAST enough!!! Then came the crawling and the walking and the realization I actually liked when you were immobile!!

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When you first said Mama, my heart skipped a beat. You looked up at me with your big blue eyes and reached your hands up and simply said “Mama.” In that moment it had really hit me that I am a mom, I had been for a few months but hearing you call me just made it complete reality.

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Before I knew it we were at your FIRST birthday. It had been a whole year already. You had accomplished so much in just one short year and you changed my life forever.

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Now I sit here and ponder on what the next year will hold for you and all the years after that.

I wonder……

Will you love your first day of school?

When will we wake up one morning to find you in the middle of us?

What sports will you play?

Will you love reading stories every night like I did when I was growing up?

What will you become?

What college will you go to?

Who will you fall in love with?

Who will break your heart?

What tantrums will you have? and what arguments will we have?

Will you always hug me and kiss me the way you do now?

I have no answers to these questions because only God knows the course of your life my boy and that is why I have entrusted you to Him!! So instead of wondering, this is what I pray for you…

I pray that you never give up no matter how hard something may seem.

I pray that you will be a mighty boy, young man and man of God.

I pray that you love even when it hurts.

I pray that you have the wisdom to choose your battles wisely.

I pray you live adventurously and never hold back.

I pray that you are an excellent example of God’s love

and most of all

I pray that you choose to follow God all the days of your life.

My boy I love you more then words can even begin to describe. I will love you at your best and at your worst. I will always be there to cheer you on, to give advice and to have fun with. No matter who you become I will always be your mom and you will always be my boy.


Love Forever, For Always and No Matter What,




The Dark Place

As a child most of us were probably scared of the dark. Hey let’s be honest even as adults we are sometimes frightened by the dark.

But what is it exactly that scares us so much about the dark?

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Its not the actual darkness that scares us, its what we believe lives there. Children believe its the boogeyman, ghosts or some other scary creature that lurks in the night and under their beds. For adults it very well could be the same or a burglar, murderer something or someone evil.

Have you noticed the pattern here? Dark = Evil.

Darkness tends to bring out our worst fears, the most irrational scenarios you can think of play out in our heads and terrify us.

Have you been to that Dark Place? I have and not so long ago.

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I have had struggles and tough times just like any other person. I’ve gone through loss, heartaches, pain and sadness at all different points of my life. But my Darkest Place was this past year.

This was my first year being a mom, now I know I can already hear the murmurs of  “you became a mom how could this possibly lead you to your darkest place?” I asked myself the same question too. But the endless nights of no sleep that led to exhaustion and a crying baby that led to frustration paved the way.

I was prepared for my delivery, but not a c-section. I was prepared to be healed up and ready to go in a week, but not for it to take 3- 4 months. And lets be honest you are never fully prepared to become a parent!!! The one thing that I never prepared for, never took into account was the area that the enemy attacked. My emotional/mental state.

Now I am going to be 100% percent real and authentic here. I love my son with my whole being but I really struggled the first couple months. I would cry constantly, out of no where. And it was not a pretty cry, it was an uncontrollable, unending cry. I wasn’t eating much, not sleeping (and not simply because I had a newborn), had some health complications due to pregnancy and the c-section, and at some point I kind of just shut down completely.  I did not want to move, get out of bed or even out of the house. I was BROKEN.

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This affected all areas of my life, my marriage, my faith and my self worth. I had a weakness in one area and the enemy attacked in a brutal way, I really thought this was it, this was my life now …. just this Dark Place.

I was worthless.

I wasn’t a good mom, my son could do better.

My husband deserved a better wife.

I should be back to my normal body weight like all these other women.

I can’t do anything right.

These were all the things, and more that would reek havoc in my head.

But one day in the midst of the dark that was invading me, I felt something I hadn’t in a while, Hope. With that hope came the light that broke the darkness. I can’t sit here and tell you it was this one profound thing that changed everything for me, because it was a bunch of little things.

It was…

The way me son smiled at me and made me realize I am a good mom!

The way my husband looked at me and I knew by his look he loved me for me!

The way God showed me grace even when I had lost my faith in Him!

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Darkness is powerful, terrifying and paralyzing. But it has a weakness and a way to be defeated, LIGHT!!!!! Nothing can defeat the light!!!!!!!

I am proud of the women, wife, mother, daughter, friend that I am, and still have yet to become. I know I will have tough times and life will not always be easy or fun. But I won’t let those Dark Places ruin me. I will always have the Light, I will always have my God to guide me through and lead me out to be a much stronger mighty women then I was before.

So if you are in that dark place, just HOLD ON!!! The light is coming!!!

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TGIF ….. NOT, i’m a mom !!!!

Friday, the best day of the week. For most people the work week has concluded, no alarm clocks to set, no deadlines to meet. We put our stresses of the work week on the back burner to enjoy a relaxing, fun and peaceful weekend.


But for all you momma’s out there you know as well as I do our weekends no longer look quite the same. They generally consist of early morning wake up calls, trying to catch up on laundry and cleaning the house, trying to keep our kiddos entertained, making a to do list for the week ahead, making breakfast, lunch and dinner, grocery shopping and at this time of year holiday shopping and holiday baking. And somewhere in the midst of all that we try to find time to shower and actually look somewhat human.

My weekends sometimes are more stressful and more hectic then the rest of the week. I know its probably sad to say but I don’t always look forward to the weekends. Sunday’s, on the other hand is the day I countdown to every week.

Sunday’s are the day I get to do what I love and that’s leading worship and having “my time” with God. When I worship, its my way of having a conversation with God. Recently God hit me hard with a “Let’s get Real” truth. I heard Him clearly say to me

“Larissa, you worship me with such joy and love on Sunday’s. But where do you put me the rest of the week?”


I was so taken aback, and I didn’t have answer. But God was 100% right I worshiped him with my all on Sunday’s but the rest of the week I got lazy. I let the stresses of life become an excuse to not put God first, no matter what the day is.

In that moment I asked God to give me the strength and grace for everyday of the week, for every season of my life. And I promised to praise Him everyday no matter how exhausted, crabby or stressed I am. Grace abounds for those who seek it and I seek to be a mother full of grace and a wife full of grace and to have a ministry that is full of grace. But it only begins when I praise my Father who gives me that grace.