Summer of Grace
Grace - unmerited favor, getting what we do not deserve or can earn.
In just seven weeks I will have been a widow for a year. It does not seem possible that it has been that long already. Some days it feels like Jon left just yesterday. But, this summer has been filled with God's relentless grace upon my life. God has provided for and taken care of me in ways I would have never imagined. He has brought healing to my heart, comforted me, has drawn me close to Him, and has brought a very special blessing into my life (a blog for a later day!). It truly has been a summer of grace.
So often we stand amazed at the amount of grace the Lord pours into our lives. In Hebrews 4:16 it says "Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." I think where we fail is when it comes to that word "confidence". We do not come boldly but sheepishly, not expecting that God will deliver what He promises. We have no problem with asking, but instead doing it with confidence. Doubting that He is going to answer and that He will hold true to His word, is more than we allow ourselves to trust. Maybe our lack of trust is stemmed from childhood trauma, sin in our heart, or life's constant disappointments. But after having been so broken, I have and am learning to come to His throne with confidence as I see Him work in my life. Sometimes it is with eyes tightly closed, not knowing what lies ahead, but trusting that His grace is going to be there for me. I have found the more I do that, the more I see His hand work in my life and His abundance of grace. So, let’s keep on keeping on. Learning and growing everyday as we build our confidence that the Lord will be merciful and gracious to us. "Acts 20:24 - However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."
I pray that you have experienced God's greatest gift of Grace - Salvation. Ephesians 2: 8-9 says it all.... "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast". You can't earn it, do enough right things, or be good enough. It is a GIFT, you just have to accept it! It's as simple as that. Why would God make it difficult or confusing? If you have never called upon the Lord to accept your free gift, my prayer is that today you would. You have nothing to loose, but everything to gain!