Because I went through the trauma of losing my mom---someone so dear and precious to me---you might be wondering how I’ve managed to keep going. Well, friend, it’s not always easy. There are moments when the grief comes flooding in, and to be honest, I think it’ll always be that way, to a degree. ... Read More about Beauty for Ashes: How I Lost My Mom but Not My Joy, Part 4
As soon as my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I started praying that God would heal her. And after 3½ months of small gains and huge setbacks, He didn’t. My mom died. I was in shock. It all happened so fast. Every morning when I’d wake up, for half a second everything would be fine. Then as I ... Read More about Complete Healing: How I Lost My Mom but Not My Joy, Part 3
My mom died just 3 months after being diagnosed with cancer. I barely had time to process the shock before it turned into an unimaginable tragedy. It was truly the worst, most sorrowful time in my life. And yet---5 years later---I can truly say that despite losing my mom, I haven’t lost my ... Read More about Why Did She Suffer?: How I Lost My Mom but Not My Joy, Part 2
Five years ago today my mom died. On one hand, it seems so surreal to say that. I can’t believe she’s been gone for 5 years. And at the same time, it feels like an eternity. So many hugs and kisses I would have given her and gotten from her in the last 5 years. Most days I’m okay. Some days are ... Read More about Harsh Reality: How I Lost My Mom but Not My Joy, Part 1
What does that mean, testimony? Where do I start? Essentially it’s my life story as a testimony to God’s grace, salvation, and deliverance. I don’t have a dramatic story. I wasn’t abandoned. I wasn’t a rebellious teenager. I wasn’t addicted to drugs. I wasn’t an alcoholic. I wasn’t an unwed teen ... Read More about Embracing Grace | My Testimony
So what’s this blog about? Why “Liv By Grace,” what’s the story? Well, because I’m Liv. By grace. (If you want to read more about what that means in my personal life, check out my testimony here.) The reason why I started Liv By Grace is because, just a few years ago, I finally started to ... Read More about Why Liv By Grace?
Loss is devastating. Grief is enveloping. It’s a feeling like a true punch in the gut, and your very breath is knocked right out of you. If you haven’t known this feeling, chances are you will someday. It’s just a fact of living in this old world. And if you’ve already experienced it, you know ... Read More about Grace for a Grieving Heart
Eating at home can be tough when you're low on time and energy--and let's be real--when you're on a budget. This recipe for making reuben sandwiches at home is super quick and delish. Plus it's family-friendly and will help you stay within your budget. I mean, 6 sandwiches for $10? That's what I'm ... Read More about 6 Easy Reuben Sandwiches for Under $10