As many of you know, this month I was honored to be a part of another best-selling collaborative book, 365 Moments of Grace. This is the second book in the 365 Book Series – the follow-up to the Amazon #1 bestseller, 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul.
365 Moments of Grace contains one true-life, grace-filled story for each day of the year, describing the authors’ firsthand experiences with grace. The pieces are contributed by over 250 authors from all around the world, sharing moments from their lives in which they encountered grace – miracles, epiphanies, and glimpses of the Divine.
The book was compiled and published by Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck, a husband-and-wife team. Since 2005, they’ve been living their dream of writing books and creating products that inspire others to connect with their soul and live fully and passionately. When asked about the new edition to the series they said, “One of the things we love about this book is that it shows hundreds of ways that grace can show up in so many different types of experience: happy, poignant, miraculous, tragic, and even everyday experiences that reveal deeper dimensions of life. We each experience grace differently, yet each experience is equally magical.”
To me, grace can mean many things: a moment of surrender, of realization, or of acceptance. Or it could be found in unexplained gifts and messages from dearly departed loved ones. I also believe grace is when the Universe aligns to deliver just what you need in the moment.
I decided to join this book because I wanted to share one special way grace has appeared in my life – through messages from my late mother. I’ve had many friends who’ve lost loved ones and subsequently experienced unexplained circumstances. At the time, they didn’t realize these occurrences might be their loved one communicating with them. I wanted people to know it’s not only real, but very special and beautiful!
Here is my story, “A Glimpse of Christmas with Mom.”
Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday. She decorated the house inside and out – including the bathrooms! Holiday music blasting from the stereo, Mom would bake 10-15 varieties of cookies every year. We didn’t have a lot of money, but she always made it special with stockings that overflowed with goodies.
Sadly, on December 19, 2004, after a four-year battle with cancer, the doctors told us Mom would pass within one to two days.
We kept vigil at her bedside. Slowly, the clock ticked to day five…Christmas Eve. Mom took her last breath that morning. I believe she was hanging on for one last Christmas with us!
Eleven years later, Mom’s spirit continues to grace us with her presence. She likes to turn on/off lights at my father’s house and appear in family pictures as a glowing orb.
Once, while taking Dad’s picture after his skin cancer procedure, her essence covered his face in four shots. Out loud, my sister explained to her that we needed a clear picture of his scar. She was gone in the next image!
Another time, I huddled in bed, sick and in pain. “Mom, I need you,” I whimpered like a small child. Feeling a depression on the bed behind me, I turned over, expecting to see the cat. Nothing was there, but I could feel her familiar embrace comforting me.
Perhaps the most meaningful sign was when she left my father several quarters on their bedroom dresser. She had often done that so he could roll them up in wrappers. I thought about the significance of the quarter – 25 cents. Christmas is on the 25th! I believe Mom left Dad this token so he’d know it was her and that she is always with him.
My oldest sister now carries on the cookie-baking tradition. I decorate my house from top to bottom, and my middle sister finds joy in filling the stocking for the kids. We all sing Christmas carols at her graveside every December 24th.
Mom hasn’t really left us; she lives on in the holiday traditions she lovingly bestowed upon us.
Grace is all around us and often missed. I hope that you will learn to slow down, relax, and concentrate on being present and mindful to your surroundings. I’m confident after reading our book, you will learn to recognize these moments and rejoice in the grace in your life.
If you would like to read more stories of how grace has touched the lives of my co-authors, click here to purchase your copy through Amazon. Or, if you would like an original signed copy, I will happily send you one! Please leave a comment below or contact me via my website to request your copy.
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If you liked this story of messages from departed loved ones, my co-author, Monica Wilcox, shares her own experience on her blog at Femcentral.org.
Jodi and Dan are now accepting stories for the 3rd book in the series. If you have a personal story of transformation you’d like to share with the world, consider joining 365 Life Shifts. Please check it out, but don’t wait too long. Space is limited, as they already have over 300 spots filled! I look forward to reading YOUR story in the next book!