Grace is Amazing!

Grace is more than surface deep—it’s complex. Google defines grace as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Simply put, grace is getting something we don’t deserve. Often, it’s associated only with salvation (saving grace). We deserve the penalty of death because of our sin, but grace steps in and gives us life through Jesus Christ. Grace spares us from the cross and continues to walk us Home. It’s not bound by the sacrificial (and ultimate!) act on the cross. Grace breathes its sweet breath into every aspect of our life.

There is grace in all things, in our every moment, in our every breath. His grace works in us. His grace transforms us.

If we think we deserve everything good in life and expect to receive everything we ever wanted, we will miss all the grace which abounds. Yet even in our selfishness and blindness, God still holds out His hand and giveth more grace.

He gives the necessary amount of grace we need to get through each day. It may be a simple reminder, it may be a stamped envelope, it may be the sound of someone’s voice on the other line or it may be rain after a long drought. It may be comfort after tragedy, peace after distress, relief after pain, an answer after waiting, a break in the clouds, quiet after chaos, healing after a sickness, victory over a battle, spring after a long winter, the end of a trial, money you so desperately needed or good news.

God’s grace is there waiting. It’s peaceful, perfect, unending, limitless, matchless. Grace is freely given. Grace is greater than our sins and mightier than our raging waters. Grace strengthens when we’re weak. Grace silences our fears. Grace offers relief. Grace gives freedom and hope. Grace shields and protects. Grace doesn’t judge or discriminate. Grace endures. Grace sustains. Grace carries. Grace comforts. Grace forgives. Grace provides. Grace enables.

Grace may be the rainbow after the storm. But grace is also in the storm. Grace finds us in our troubled waters and allows us to see God. It meets us in the deepest valleys and carries us to still waters.

Paul had a thorn in his flesh. He pleaded with God three times that it should leave him. It didn’t. But after the third time, Paul wrote, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is make perfect in weakness.’” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Often our earthly struggles consume us. No longer can we endure. We cry out to God, “Please take it away!” But our answer is only silence. Be still, and know that I am God—as the Psalm says. His grace is enough. In our trials His power is demonstrated. Often, God’s grace is simply His strength carrying us through. It comes so softly that you must be still to know.

As the familiar song Amazing Grace sings…

Thru many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
 
God’s grace is amazing. God’s grace is enough.

From the hymn Grace is Flowing:
Grace is flowing like a river; millions there have been supplied.
Still it flows as fresh as ever from the Savior’s wounded side.
 

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Romans 5:2-5
Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I am a Servant

It’s human nature to question God’s will, especially when it seems to oppose our own or happen not as we expected. Why did you take my job? Why is my life so difficult? Why did you take my loved one? Why is my marriage so difficult? Why do I have to deal with this hater at my school? Why can’t I have a family? Why does my child struggle so? Why can’t I find a spouse?

Mary was a virgin, betrothed to Joseph. God sent His angel Gabriel to tell Mary, “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus.”  She had everything to lose in obeying God’s will: her reputation, her marriage, her family, her wants and hopes.

Yet, her response was not, “Eh…I don’t know, God. It’s going to look like I cheated on Joseph. And I’m not sure I can raise the Son of God.” No. Instead, Continue reading “I am a Servant”

The Perfect Gift

I cannot wait to give our boys their presents on Christmas morning! To see the huge smiles on their faces as they rip open the paper and get a first peek. As parents, it gives us great pleasure to bless our children with gifts. The love and joy we experience as humans is pretty grand, but imagine how our Heavenly Father must feel to bless us with good gifts from above? The unexplainable delight as He showers us with His blessings.

Have you ever given a gift only to see the person look unaffected upon receiving it? Has someone ever told you they didn’t like your gift? How hurtful and disappointing. Maybe their gift was an afterthought, quickly found on the shelf as you exited a store, or perhaps you thought it was the perfect gift – carefully wrapped with appreciation and tied with a bow of love.

As much as we’d like to brag about our ability to give perfect gifts, there is none like the one God gave. His was the Perfect Gift. It was the greatest ever given. His might not be the latest iPhone or a smart TV. It’s not a sleek Ferrari or a mansion on a hilltop. It’s not even our deepest desire. Continue reading “The Perfect Gift”

What Is Most Important?

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a member of my church and of the body of Christ.

Each of these roles comes with specific duties, expectations, responsibilities. Each varying slightly or hugely from the other.

As a wife, I have certain responsibilities: the upkeep of the house; respecting, encouraging and supporting my husband; submitting to his authority; praying faithfully for him. As a mom, I–with my husband–am responsible to teach everything to my children; to use every opportunity to share the Gospel; to let them see who Jesus is through me (yikes!); to encourage and love them as Christ loves me; to pray for them. As a member of the body of Christ, I am to serve obediently and willingly in whatever way God calls me. As a friend, sister and daughter, I am to uplift and encourage them; to be a godly influence; to pray for them. As a Christian, I am to stand apart from the world; to be a light in the darkness; to proclaim the Gospel to the world; to pray for our Nation and its leaders. As an individual: my health, my walk with God, my wants and needs, my talents, my time, my social contacts, my monies, they all must align with the Word of God.

My list is limited, as I did not list everything, and yours may look very different than mine, but you see how overwhelming it can be. We feel so much pressure to not fail in a specific area, or in many.

So what is most important? Continue reading “What Is Most Important?”

Looking Past The Election

Many are pleased with Trump as our future president. Others are dissatisfied and some are even angry (as demonstrated by the riots and social media outbursts).

I am not writing this to place guilt or shame on whether you voted for or against him.  But he has been elected and that means we have to move on. I urge you to look beyond it.  Look beyond our next president. Let’s glance past this mark in history and consider our future, our eternity.

Because our eternity is of the utmost importance. Continue reading “Looking Past The Election”

In A Perfect World

The highly anticipated–and, if I’m honest, somewhat dreaded–homeschooling school year has begun. In the three weeks since we’ve begun I have successfully (and by successfully, I mean: it has met my potentially unrealistic, high standards) completed about two days of school.

They were the first two days. Continue reading “In A Perfect World”