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About Grace & Such

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 
~ Ephesians 4:3

In today’s political and cultural climate, with the overwhelming amount of social media, we are an unwilling audience to the hatred among Christians, among fellow believers. God’s grace abounds, yet so many show so little of it toward others. Grace & Such was started as a way to show healthy and gracious conversation, even when we are in disagreement. Our blog includes posts written by a diverse team of women whose only objectives are to share their grace journeys and show what grace-in-action really looks like to the community of believers who, at times, seems to have forgotten how.

Who We Are

As our tagline says, we are a bunch of women writing about grace. And such.

We are a diverse group of women, ranging in age from 20 to 60-something.

Some of us are married; some are divorced; some are single.

Some of us have children; some have grandchildren; some have neither.

Some of us are conservative; some are liberal; some are somewhere in between.

We don’t agree on everything and that’s okay. But here’s what we do agree on:

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God
  • We believe in one God in three distinct, equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • The Father is the creator of all
  • The Son (Jesus Christ) is our salvation and the only way to the Father
  • The Holy Spirit indwells followers of Jesus and is the source through which we are able to live godly lives

Our desire is to encourage other women as we share our thoughts and experiences as well as Biblical truths.

Who We Are

As our tagline says, we are a bunch of women writing about grace. And such.

We are a diverse group of women, ranging in age from 20 to 60-something.

Some of us are married; some are divorced; some are single.

Some of us have children; some have grandchildren; some have neither.

Some of us are conservative; some are liberal; some are somewhere in between.

We don’t agree on everything and that’s okay. But here’s what we do agree on:

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God
  • We believe in one God in three distinct, equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • The Father is the creator of all
  • The Son (Jesus Christ) is our salvation and the only way to the Father
  • The Holy Spirit indwells followers of Jesus and is the source through which we are able to live godly lives

Our desire is to encourage other women as we share our thoughts and experiences as well as Biblical truths.

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Oh, How He Loves

By Diane Tarantini | December 26, 2017 | 6 Comments

She was only 18, our first-born daughter, when she flew alone for the first time. Her destination wasn’t Florida or even California. It was farther. Much. She’d cross the equator and continue on to the Southern Hemisphere, to Peru where she’d teach English for three months in a small school located in Huancayo. It was the first leg of her 12-month gap-year. First she’d fly from Pittsburgh to Miami, then Miami to Lima. From the Lima airport she’d hail a taxi to transport her to a bus station. The bus ride to Huancayo would take seven hours. Her host, Tino, of Tinkuy Peru planned to meet her at the bus station. That was her itinerary, what was supposed to happen. Lord willing. The year was 2010. Our family did not yet own smart phones. There was texting but not international texting plans. Our family wasn’t on Facebook. SnapChat didn’t exist.…

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Percy the Puny Poinsettia

By Tina Kachmar | December 22, 2017 | 5 Comments
God loves the forgotten

If you know me, you know that I have OCD.  Obsessive Christmas Disorder.  I love Christmas more than most things.  I love the sparkle and the happy people.  I love decorating and the music.  Mostly I love it because it is one of the rare memories I hold of happy days in my adolescence.  It was the one day ALL of the people were nice to me (except that one year when they made me believe I only got coal, but that’s for another blog post someday). Every year we listened to the Elmo & Patsy album over and over.  You know the one?  Grandma got ran over by a reindeer?  I’m pretty confident that I could probably sing the entire album even though it’s been almost three decades since hearing it last.  But on that album there is a hidden gem and my favorite Christmas song of all time. …

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When Like is Better Than Love

By Jennifer Mobley Thompson | December 20, 2017 | 13 Comments
He Likes Us! He Really Likes Us!

My husband and I are coming up on thirty years of marriage. I can say, without hesitation, that I love him more now than I did as a wide-eyed, blushing bride all those years ago. Back then, I didn’t think it was possible. But we’ve been through so much together in these past three decades, each victory and trial cementing our dedication to each other. I may not be a qualified expert in the area, but I know a thing or two about marriage and I’m going to tell you something that will have the relationship experts tsk-ing and shaking their heads in disappointment. It isn’t all about the love. It’s true we say things such as, “I like vanilla, but I love chocolate,” or “I like this color, but I love that color,” to indicate the degree of our adoration. But sometimes liking something or someone can be more…

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