A Single Act That Changes Everything

“Remember when we said that grief was the strongest thing a person could feel? Well, it isn’t. It’s forgiveness, because a single act of forgiveness can change everything.”
-The Tale of Despereaux

I’m not even sure I took the time to examine that saying the first time I heard it. Like I’ve acknowledged many times before … I’m a "lover" - that is, I believe in Love. If love is the most important thing to feel, how can forgiveness be the strongest?

We know with absolution that life inevitably wounds. We’ve been rejected. We’ve been torn down. We’ve been victimized by ignorance and arrogance. We’ve seen fresh, young life fade away. We’ve watched love’s clones be forged and slowly decompose.

Worse yet …

We’ve victimized. We’ve broken. We’ve destroyed.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Does our idea of love – the love we hand out – look like that? If not, why?

I think I’ve figured it out. Forgiveness has to be the strongest thing we feel, because without it, we would never be able to love our enemies. We would never be able to put away the past – past failures and regrets would chase us off the path that leads to our potential. Our love would never be able to look like the Love the Word of God describes. Forgiving … ourselves, others, and happenstance … is the only act we can perform that can, in a moment, send us spiraling into a life that begins and ends with embracing the infinite nature of Love.

I believe in love, because I believe in a Divine Being that is Love. I believe in forgiveness, because I believe in a Love that forgave me.



First off, I have to say that (in regards to my last post) you all have great taste in Thanksgiving food! I agree with my "Auntie Em" (September) that the very best is a warm, buttery roll ... which, I didn't actually get this year. I did have rolls with butter, but none of them were fresh and warm, which was sad ... but luckily, that's not something I only ever get on Thanksgiving! As far as "Thanksgiving only" food goes, I agree with Joni - stuffing is delicious! See how addicted to bread I must be? :P

Ok, on to a subject that won't exacerbate the condition of my rapidly expanding waistline. :)

Who's ready for me to announce these winners?


Bag of your choice from Luckycann {Up to $55 value}

Emily @ The Little Things In Life!


Gift Certificate for Elegant Rose Boutique {$30 value}

Maria @ All American Girl!


11"x17" "The Beauty We Love" Letterpress Print from Happy Deliveries {$20 value}

Emily M Voss!

... ... ...


Scentsy scent circle of your choice (for the car)

Surprise gift for spreading the news about the party
(from me) :)

Email me at abigail[at]abigailkraft[dot]com for further instructions on how to claim your prize. :)

Congratulations to all of you!


Because I'm Makin' Pie, That's Why!

You might have noticed that I haven't announced the winners for the Authentic People Blog Party giveaways yet ... and I DID promise you I'd get that done today.


However, I've been busy baking pies for about the past 4 hours, and was gone most of the afternoon, so unfortunately I've been delayed. I promise I will post the winners at some point tomorrow. So sorry, loves! I hope you're happy to be patient with me. *cheesy grin*

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?