Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bloom: Lessons in Grace...

I had the honor and privelege of being chosen to team interpret the Independence Day celebration at my church on the 3rd of July.  It was a challenge, because I have recently re-entered the Deaf world after about 5 years.  I was involved in the Deaf Community in San Diego before I had my kids, but when I got pregnant with the first one, I slowly and steadily started losing my ability to understand signers and produce understandible signs to the point that I just had to step away because I couldn't communicate at all and it was very embarassing. 

Image Courtesy: Little Sapling Toys
Anyway, as I look back on this experience, there are a couple of things that stand out that I wanted to share with you all:      
     1)  God's grace is sufficient for me (and you).  This is a pretty elementary concept, if you have spent any time in a good church, but I was reminded again of it because I was so nervous and though I prepared thouroughly and did try very hard, there are definately signs I was a little unsure about and things I had glossed earlier that didn't flow off my hands quite the way I had planned.  But in the end, I received several compliments from people in the community and I knew that what I had done was enough.  In years past, I would have been stressed out about it after the fact, but I was able to have peace about it because I understand that God turned my effort into something that honored Him and really, that was my goal to begin with.
     2) Nothing any of us do will ever truely be perfect, because we aren't perfect... none of us(!)  We can be really, really, really good at something, even really, really good at many things, but until we can walk on water of our own accord and have it hold us up... all we can do is to do our best and forget the rest. (Thank you P90X man, whatever your name is). 
I hope this will be a comfort to someone out there who struggles with perfectionism... because I know it can be pretty demanding and devaluing.  But there is one who is perfect and He wants to clothe us with His perfection and hold us close like a dady holds his precious child.  Will we let him?

Keep it thought-provoking!



  1. What a great post! I felt just like you did when I first started interpreting after being away from the Deal community for several years also. It's very true that God's grace is sufficient. I hope you had a lot of fun interpreting that service. I always have to hold back a smile at ours because, since I stand in the front facing the audience, it always looks like the color guard is coming right at me. :)

  2. You're sweet. I did have fun, but it wasn't until my teammate started the last song that I finally relaxed.

    LOL! It's not too bad at our church, we are off to one side of the aisle so it isn't like that.

  3. Thank you! I've thought about learning sign so that I could teach it to my daughter as she has significant hearing loss and wears hearing aids. I am more afraid of me not being able to "get it" than her! :)

  4. You are more than welcome. :). Please don't let fear stop you from learning sign... It is the opposite if faith. Learning sign and finding local Deaf to connect with are the two best gifts you can give to your daughter and your family as a whole. It will unlock her potential and save you all a bunch of guilt and frustration in the long run. There is a really neat magazine put out by Gallaudet University by the name of Odessey that you may be interested in. It is geared toward educators of the Deaf, but would be very helpful to families who want to know how to help their Deaf child to Excel in life and learning. Here is the link:


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