Gratitude IS Grace

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~~ Melody Beattie

I can't remember when this picture wasn't a part of my memory bank. Currently, it has a place in our dining area. I have learned that Eric Enstrom is the creator of this picture--but he didn't paint it; he photographed it. It's a picture of Charles Wilden taken in the early 1900's. Eventually Enstom's daughter, Rhoda Nyberg, made copies of the original photograph in oil paint.

The name of this painting is "Grace".
You can learn more of its remarkable story by clicking on "Grace".


  1. Being grateful and expressing it in your daily life gives you contentment!

  2. What a wonderful photo, we all should have one in our home to remind us to be grateful, appreciation brings so much comfort for the past, present and future........:-) Hugs

  3. Everyone should express gratitude daily.

  4. What a beautiful picture! Grace ~ the greatest gift Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us!

    ps: how are you dear friend?

    In HIS Peace,

    lady m

  5. Lady M - I have had a few days of dizziness, but am feeling on the road to normalcy this evening. And you? Are you still off your feet?

    Wanda & Bernie,You're BOTH so right - comfort and contentment are the "side-effects" of gratitude.

    Denise, You're RIGHT, too! EVERYone should express daily gratitude.

  6. That is something I have a lot of ~ Gratitude!
    God Is Good to me beyond all I've ever dreamed, beyond all I've ever hoped for.

    Very nice post, Rebecca.
    And this song about Grace you have playing here speaks to my heart, or rather it is my heart's song, His Grace amazes me.
    All the best,

  7. My first husband and I received a framed copy of this in 1971 when we married as a wedding gift. It has moved around from house to house and been with me though many of life's circumstances.

    A long time ago, a speaker suggested that if we are having difficulty forgiving someone, we should post the offense on the back of a picture of the Crucifixion and every time we looked at the picture ask for God's grace to help us forgive. I used the back of the picture you posted instead. I blacked out the offenses as they no longer became important to me. I have not had anything to post for a long time. I am reminded of God's grace to me whenever I concentrate on the picture. Currently it has a special place by my kitchen table.

    I had never looked up the story and was glad to read about how the photo/painting came about. Thank you.

  8. Wow, I never knew that familiar picture was originally a photograph! That gives it a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Oh how I love what Brenda did with writing her "offenses" on the back, and then blotting them out when forgiveness came.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)