Grace. Webster Dictionary defines it like so: “The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; favor bestowed or privilege conferred.” I discovered grace the hard way. Hitting rock bottom. Lysa TerKeurst said it best, “Choices and consequences come in packaged deals. When we make a choice, we ignite the consequences.” Thankfully, Grace never runs dry. It’s always woven throughout our days, even if you don’t believe in God. What is grace? I’ll tell you. Over 32 years, God has dumped buckets of grace in my life leaving me beyond grateful to be called His child.
Grace is being raised in a loving home by two parents who love each other and love the Lord. Grace is being blessed with two brothers who have shown me unconditional love over the years. The multiple financial blessings I’ve received over the years, the letters, text and calls at the right time, and the silence that was shared when I simply needed a friend, ALL display His hand of grace. The morning after deliberately going my own way, the wrong way, yet still being alive to talk about it: Grace. The “go in front of me” at the grocery store, the front row seat, the free ticket, the free dinner, the free vacation, the smile from a random child, ALL display His grace. I deserve nothing but the pit of Hell yet God continues to bless me without end. How can it be? I’ll never understand His grace, but I receive it and pray for those around me to receive it as well. The gift of sight, touch, taste, smell not only increase my enjoyment of life but display His grace in mine. I understand not everyone gets to see a beautiful sunset because they lack sight to do so. I never take a random dance party in my living room for granted; I understand God didn’t bless everyone with ears to hear music or legs that move. This is one of the many reason I run. I don’t run because I’m good at it. I run because I’m able. I love to push myself to the ultimate limit because it’s there to reach towards. I am able to run, because of God’s grace. The fact that I can hear well without the aid of hearing aids shows His divine grace! After two surgeries, I only have 4 hearing bones, but I can still hear well! To God be the glory. :)The warm cup of coffee shared with a friend, the “I love you” after a broken heart, the encouragement needed at just the right time when life seemed to be unbearable: Grace, grace and more grace. The “Can I pray with you?” when your soul can’t take one more minute of life, the unexpected breakthrough, the job offer, the new friend, the faithful friend, the divine friendship that can’t be put into words: God’s grace. The unexpected help at just the right time, the answer to prayer when I’ve felt like giving up and the second chances I’ve been given when Lord knows I don’t deserve it: GRACE.
I could write forever on this topic but I encourage YOU to continue for me. Where is grace in your life? Simply living in America we, as a nation, have SO much to be thankful for. If you have more than one pair of shoes, you are covered in Grace. Right now there is a kid running around with callused feet in a third world country because he doesn’t have any shoes at all. Bad day? Count your blessings, not your problems. Maybe the problem isn’t in your circumstances but rather in your thought life. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”~Proverbs 23:7 Whatever we think about, we become. Bad days are a part of life, just as the good. But our focus will determine the turbulence we’ll experience on this crazy ride called life. “So we fix our eyes NOT on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”~2 Corinthians 4:18 Good news for everyone: we won’t need shoes in Heaven. 😉
I’m not sure what kind of day you’ve had, but to all the planners out there, stop right now and focus on the moment in front of you. Bob Goff once said, “You don’t need a plan; you just need to be present” I couldn’t agree more. Focusing on Christ, the One who knows the day you took your first breath and the day you’ll take your last, is a no-fail solution to a grace-filled life.
In closing I want to be honest with you. I write tonight from a valley. I don’t know what tomorrow holds for me but I am confident God is already there and has my best interest at heart. We are as close to God as we want to be. Lately, I’ve been praying to feel His heartbeat. However, the closer we get to God, the more the enemy hates it. More trials will enter your life. It’s okay. I know I am still loved. Nothing can separate us from His love.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”~Romans 8:38-39
No matter what you need in life God already knows about it and promises to supply every one of them. You are covered in Grace. “But my God shall supply ALL your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”~Phil 4:19
Thank you Jesus for your unending Grace!