Saturday, October 30, 2010

Grace Upon Grace...

This is a post that was written in August 2008, but I am sharing it today and linking up to Chatting At The Sky.

In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. ~Ephesians 1:7-8

grace: getting a gift you don't deserve.

lavish : to expend or give in great amounts or without limit.

Today I am letting the truth that abundant amounts of grace has been given to me by a loving God. I've known the Lord for 17 years now, but there are times when I need to get back to the basics. I can get caught up in all the things around me, good things nonetheless, but I can find myself not living like I know this to be true.

God accepts me, loves me, has a plan for me, and will use me because of His great affection He has for me. I want my heart to rest and be home in His sweet grace.

I am learning that I can know Him but yet not live in grace. I can read my Bible, pray, go to church, memorize scripture, and do all the "things" you are supposed to do but not live in grace.

Sometimes I can't even wrap this simple mind of mine or my heart around the magnitude of this gift of grace that has been given to me. I don't know why God would continue to pour out, give in great amounts, with no limit, his grace on people who are so unworthy. He does, and we just need to know that it is so.

His grace is a gift that comes because we belong to Him. It is the loving, forgiving, redeeming and steadfast love He has for you and for me.

But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.
~ Ephesians 2:4-5

When I am a woman of grace, every area of my life is transformed. I can walk in peace and strength. I can have rest for my soul. Through His grace, I can love those around me well. Where there is grace there are hearts that have been tended to. I say "I am sorry, would you please forgive me?" Fun and laughter is going on because I'm more concerned about enjoying the moment than what I have to accomplish on my "to do" list. Where there is grace there are lots of hugs, kisses, and a listening ear.

I know this is a journey and hopefully as the days go by, His grace is more evident in me today than it was yesterday. I'm not perfect. I don't have to wear myself out trying to be. My part is to give myself to Him. Surrender to Him. Know Him. Love Him. There I will know His grace.


  1. Beautiful post!

    I didn't get the spoon...I wanted to but I don't have hardly any wall space in my kitchen! :(

    Believe it or not, I didn't buy anything today. :) I was killing time before my hair appointment but this weekend I plan on doing some serious shopping. :)

  2. To be a child before our Lord... Simple! Im so blessed by his Grace and for his love... What a beautiful post... Susie h~

  3. God grace is truly something amazing! Your post speaks so clearly about God's grace...and how we need to respond.

    Thank-you friend...for challenging me!

    Have an AMAZING time away. I'll miss ya!!


  4. What a beautiful reminder and so eloquently written. ..cherry

  5. What wonderful, wonderful thoughts. Thanks for sharing!
    And thanks for your flattering comments on my blog. You made me smile!

  6. Hello from Mozambique! I just found your blog thru Sandy at 4 relcutant entertainers and am so glad I came to check you out! I read your whole blog and have really enjoyed it! Bless you!

  7. Hi from Australia, I have found you through Sewn With Grace. I have been following the Chatting at the Sky 31 days of Grace too. Is the whole renewed interest in 'grace' as prevalent in the USA as in Australia? Here, my pastor has had a real revelation of grace and therefore we (congregation) are too. It is wonderful but just wondered if it is such a revelation in churches there, not the concept but the personalisation and outworking in our lives as opposed to legalism and an unreal expectation from people. I don't know whether this is coming out clearly, sorry.


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