GraceGirl has written 73 posts for Free By His Grace

The Trebilcock Trial Verdict

The judge presiding over the trial of Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock has delivered a verdict of guilty on two charges of criminal mistreatment. One was a count of first-degree criminal mistreatment, a felony, for their 14 year-old adopted boy. The other was a count of third-degree criminal mistreatment for treatment of one of their adopted … Continue reading

We’ve come a long way, baby

Your smile gets me every time. That disarming smile that makes my heart melt, and your eyes twinkle and laugh because you know it does. As we lay there in the glow of your nightlight, you and I, feelings of love rushed over me as I watched your eyelashes flutter. You were playing with me, … Continue reading

The Trebilcock Case: Homeschooling Should Not Enable Abuse

** Warning: This post may have some triggers as it deals with child abuse.  They refer to him as “the boy.” I wish I knew his name. Names always give a person a little bit more substance, make them a little more real. Like a neighbor next door. Yet, he is, as of now, “the … Continue reading

Tim Challies Reviews “Created To Be His Help Meet”

In case you missed it, Tim Challies has written two excellent posts reviewing Debi Pearl’s “Created To Be His Help Meet.” Check them out here and here. I would love to hear your thoughts about his posts as well as any thoughts/stories you can share pertaining to this book. Okay, I’ll start! I was given … Continue reading

On a personal note…

I needed to step back and breathe. Have you ever felt like that? In case you hadn’t noticed, I took a break from blogging for a while. It was strange because for so long I was living and breathing this blog. I felt as though I’d been running a marathon and was suddenly wiping out. God … Continue reading

The Trial for Phil Caminiti is over

** If you are not familiar with Phil Caminiti, Aleitheia Bible Church, or any of the other members associated with this particular church, please read Trial Underway for Phil Caminiti. On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Phil Caminiti, pastor of Aleitheia Bible Church, “was found guilty of eight counts of conspiracy to commit child abuse for … Continue reading

Trial Underway for Phil Caminiti

I have been searching for months for information on when the trial for Phil Caminiti would be held. And now, here it is! Finally!! G.R.A.C.E. posted on their Facebook page the link to the following article. (By the way, if you’re not familiar with G.R.A.C.E. also known as Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian … Continue reading

On the humanness of pastors

I do not consider the “job” or role of a pastor to be an easy one. Some pastors lead small churches and work outside the ministry in order to make ends meet. Others struggle to balance family time with what their ministry demands of them as pastors. Additionally, Scripture places higher expectations on pastors than … Continue reading

Facing fear in the dawning of a new year

I woke up this morning after having strange dreams. I don’t dream often, so they kinda stuck with me throughout the day. In my first dream, I was with my family on a vacation, I guess, looking into an aquarium. I could see everything in the water and watch the sea life as it swam … Continue reading

The crux of Christianity

Have you ever thought about what the crux of Christianity is? I have. I remember hearing once that brokenness was the crux of Christianity. According to a popular author and speaker in fundamentalism, brokenness is the shattering of my self-will so that the life, the Spirit, the fragrance, the life of Jesus may be released … Continue reading

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