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Member Spotlight: Carman Smith!

1-What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day? Why is it special to you?

Psalm 118:24, I am all about being happy - so I love this verse about rejoicing. I have one more - Matthew 6:25-34, God has this so don't worry - be happy. I guess I am still a bit of a hippy!

2- Each of us have gifts and talents. Please share one or more of your gifts and or talents and how you are currently or could use them to help others at Grace or in our community.

I hope I have the ability to help people not take themselves so seriously. I am a retired teacher so I love being in groups that have great discussions and much laughter.

3- What is it that Grace Church has, (like a secret sauce) that engaged you, and keeps you engaged, week after week?

I am a cradle Episcopalian from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Wales, FL. I was baptized there, confirmed there, and was married there. So the secret sauce is I am an Episcopalian.

4- During Lent, several Grace church members are reading and participating in group discussion with the book: “What’s so amazing about Grace?” written by Philip Yancey. Yancey writes: “Many years ago I was driven to the conclusion that the two major causes of most emotional problems among evangelical Christians are these:

1. the failure to understand, receive, and live out God’s unconditional grace and forgiveness;

2. the failure to give out that unconditional love, forgiveness, and grace to other people.”

Knowing that it is easier to share grace with others you know or who are kind, reflect on a recent event or situation. Share how you either had a good experience receiving or giving grace or could have done a better job at either receiving or giving grace.

I am a senior citizen - so my inhibitions are minuscule compared to when I was 30. I have a lot more experiences which make me realize everyone just wants to be loved. Therefore any chance I get to make someone feel loved or special I give it. To me that is modeling God's Grace.

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