Friday, January 03, 2014

just grace


this mysterious miraculous free and unmerited gift from God that i certainly don't deserve. i want to understand it better. i want to give it more freely, to others and to myself. i want to catch it in passing, i want to spot it a mile away, i want to take every opportunity to extend it, i want to recognize where there's a need for it. i want grace to stop me from raising my voice, from making assumptions, and from acting hastily. i want grace to propel me to do something wild, to say something unexpected, to change the atmosphere.

in Lord, You Are My Sanctuary, Julie Kuykendal writes:
Grace has its source in God. The grace of God is a gift. If we don't live in the grace that we have received, we will never grow spiritually. ...we have to have grace to find grace, and we have to have faith to find faith.
i want to find grace, have grace, breathe grace, live grace, walk in grace, give grace, and receive grace. 

because grace opens the door to forgiveness, love, mercy, faith, truth, freedom, favor, and salvation. grace looks like praise and prayer and thanksgiving and peace. grace binds us closer to God. takes thoughts captive. grace speaks love. grace offers hope. grace asks "how would Jesus respond?" grace is a spark igniting the bright light of Jesus.

"I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us." -Anne Lamott

dear 2014, give me grace. amazing graceamazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. i once was lost but now i'm found, was blind but now i see. 

via kelly barton

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, 
according to the riches of His GRACE which He lavished on us." 
Ephesians 1:7-8

"For by GRACE you have been saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." 
 Ephesians 2:8-9

"Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of GRACE, so that we may receive mercy and find GRACE to help in time of need." 
Hebrews 4:16