Embracing the Mistake

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… Proverbs 24:16

The anticipation of finishing up the lion drawing filled me with excitement. I could not wait to share it with the team. At this point, I had spent nearly 21 hours drawing and praying over the team as I created the lion. I only had two small sections left to fill. We were driving along the freeway and I did not want to wait until we arrived at our destination so I pressed on in my drawing. The roads were smooth and I did not think it would interfere. Just as I started to draw, we hit a major bump in the road and I drew a a line across the section that messed up the design I was going to create. At first, I froze and gasped, but then I told myself, “Wait! Just as in life we must embrace the pain in order to grow, how can I embrace this mistake and use it for the glory of God?” I looked at it for a minute said a short, “Help me LORD!” prayer and then I had an idea. It was not the design I had originally intended, but it was beautiful in its own right. When someone gazes at the lion, they would never know that I had messed up when I only had about 10 minutes left in drawing when I had spent a total of 21 and a half hours preparing.

Sometimes, we mess up bad. We hit a major bump in the road, we make a choice that causes us to fall into the pit of sin. We say something we should not have or just choose the wrong path for a season. Instead of fighting God, we need to just embrace it and ask Him to help us move through it. Without our realizing it, it will become a part of God’s great design in how He grows our character. When we embrace our mistakes by owning them this is when God can use them.

Father, please help us to embrace our mistakes and give them over to You!

Simply, Dr. Tara Rye

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Grace Moving Forward

Grace Moving Forward

Alumni and Friends of Grace,

I am writing today to ask for your prayerful support of our Grace University.

As you know, higher education has undergone many changes over the past few years as a result of the economy, as well as social dynamics. Grace University has not been immune to those changes and the financial challenges associated with them.

With the city’s plan to develop the 10th Street corridor, the value of Grace University’s property has increased significantly over the past couple of years. Coupled with the fact that many of the buildings on the Grace campus have substantial, costly deferred maintenance needs, and dated infrastructure, the board of trustees determined in 2016 that it would be in the best interest of the university to sell our primary assets – our buildings and land.

Interest has been strong, and we have received an offer from Omaha Public Schools. Therefore, we have executed a purchase agreement with OPS for the sale of the buildings, e.g. the Gymnasium, Tschetter Academic Center, Suckau Chapel, Burkholder Center and Schmidt Hall, and open space on that property. Per the agreement, Grace will have full use of the property as it’s currently being used until May 31, 2018.

Grace University’s board of trustees and executive management are currently evaluating various options for the university to continue operations. These options include relocating the school, or merging with another, similar, faith-based institution.

We are in the midst of discussions about possible campus locations, with the goal of enabling Grace to continue its mission to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world.

We ask that you pray that the Lord provides for Grace the resources it needs to continue preparing strong, bold leaders who spread His light where there is darkness in our world. We thank you for your past financial support of the University and ask you to prayerfully consider continued financial support of the school.

Thank you.

Bill Bauhard, M.S.