Posts Tagged Divine grace
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
During my latest bout of insomnia, I came upon this story (author unknown); I would like to share with you. (It is also an addendum to an earlier post enough).
“Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, “I love you and I wish you enough.”
The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.”
They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be a forever good-bye?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?”
“I am old and she lives far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.
When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?”
She began to smile, “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.
“When we said, ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”
Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you have.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away.”
This story in its simplicity helped me appreciate life’s basic gifts, and the generosity of God’s amazing Grace. Strangely, it comforted me in this, my worst season of distress, as I realized that “enough” is all I ever desired for those I love. I say to all who read this post — Take time to LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE, for there are deep lessons in every precious moment and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. No matter what you are going through it’s a blessing just to be alive and to TRULY KNOW BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT – YES, GOD’S GRACE IS ENOUGH — FOR ALL THINGS!!!
I awakened this morning keenly aware of the value of time and how precious every second. I sensed an urgency in my spirit that revealed, but for that very moment I might never have another chance to live, move and have being. I completely understood that time must be lived in the NOW because NOW is really the only instant we have. In the NOW it becomes increasingly clear that we have no control over anyone or anything—no–not even due dates, deadlines, schedules or plans. No wonder Jesus taught His Disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” NOW does not negate the past nor fantasize the future—it simply acknowledges the present and immediate moment. There is no room in the NOW for distractions from purpose. It demands complete focus on truly important matters–it is sacred and blessed space. It affirms the omnipresence of God and God’s promise to never leave nor forsake us. Living in the NOW eliminates stress, anxiety and worry.
What a gift is NOW. What a blessing to awaken to the beauty of a new day. How wonderful to witness the beauty of God’s great creation one more time! I regret that it took me so long to understand and appreciate the time I have been given. But as someone has said “when you know better— you do better.” That is true for me because I have known better for some time, but it is only today—right NOW that I resolve to do better with this life that God has given me. I make neither apologies nor promises, I simply acknowledge this moment that reminded me — NOW is all the time I have, but with God, Now is all the time I need.
I leave you with these words of Writer, Ira Stanphill that perfectly capture my thoughts this morning:
I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day-to-day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
for its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him;
For He knows what lies ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand.
PRAYER: Father, help us to understand that “living in the NOW,” is simply living one day at a time to our fullest potential. May we do so with grace and joy to the Glory of God. In Jesus’ Name we pray, AMEN.
“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee . . . .” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul had a physical thorn that affected his entire being. We are never told what it was–only that the “enemy of his soul” sent it to buffet him and to frustrate his life. Scripture records, it was so troublesome that Paul sought the Lord three times to remove it, but each time the Lord said, “Paul, My grace is sufficient for thee . . . .” The Lord was saying, Paul, My Grace is adequate to meet the needs of any situation or proposed end. My unmerited favor occurs in such measure and scope that it fully meets the demands, needs, or expectations of any problem. My Grace is equal to whatever you now need or will ever need. My Grace is satisfactory, suitable, in the amount needed, and to the necessary degree, for whatever you are going through or will ever go through. Paul, My Grace is all you need–It is ENOUGH for you.
These past years have taught me that God allows thorns to humble us lest we boast in other than the Cross of Jesus Christ. And He allows crucial situations and circumstances lest we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think or somehow believe we are the source of our blessings!! Like Paul, I have a physical thorn. At first, I thought, it was a punishment for something I had done wrong, but now I know it was to teach me about the sufficiency of God’s Grace for my life. Now, when I get haughty or begin to feel sorry for myself–I gaze at my thorn and understand that it is not a curse, but a blessing that God allowed to display His Glory. It was given to remind me “I am not my own.” It was never about me and was always about Him. As Paul has said, “. . . our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 (NIV)
Today, I am a witness that “the Will of God will not take me where the Grace of God cannot keep me.” God’s Grace has been sufficient to get me through storms, recessions, unemployment, loss of loved ones, friends, and even health. I have grown stronger through what I have been through and am trusting in the Lord to get me through whatever else comes my way. So, I now boast in my weakness, for I know when I am weak, through Christ, I am truly strong. As Abraham Lincoln wisely said, “I could complain because “rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”And so, I choose to rejoice in knowing that Yes, God’s Grace IS sufficient. IT IS ENOUGH — In fact, it is MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ME!
“But by the grace of God I am what I am . . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:10
I was a plain Jane, living on a street the length of one block that was only large enough to be called an “alley.”I am the eldest of four siblings who at the age of 5 was the only one of the children to be rescued by my grandmother from the threat of foster care. I have no delusions about who I am today or about how I got to this place in my life. God has indeed been good to me. I have been “allowed” many amazing accomplishments that can only be credited to what I respectfully call the “G” word the (“Grace” of God)!!
I call it the “G” word because preachers don’t preach about “Grace” anymore. No one speaks about God’s gift of love. No one boasts of God’s unmerited favor towards fallen human beings. That is why I echo and re-echo it throughout my Blog and have included it in my pseudonym. It is because whenever I revisit those places of growth and pain in my life I am reminded of who and whose I am. And that I am what I am because of Christ. I give honor and credit where they are due. I readily admit that what I have accomplished is not because of how I look, what I have, or my intellect, but because God willed and allowed it to be so. Were it not for the hand of God, I could have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or simply lost everything, at any time. I know whatever I am is not because of any goodness of my own it is all because of God’s Grace.
The thief of our souls came to steal, kill, and destroy, but God’s love and “mercy said no, I will not let them go.”We can never pay for the gift of life, but we can continually praise the Giver throughout our lives. Thank you Father for the Gift of your Son. Thank you for your amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me. I will continue to write, boast, teach and preach about Grace to let the world know that I know I never could have made it without you.
Nothing in this life is by happenstance. Everything is intentional, on purpose, and because of the Grace of almighty God. Were it not for that “G” word — Grace — God’s unmerited favor in the sacrifice of His beloved only Son, where would any of us be? From my grandmother’s knee and all the places in between, I am certain there was an unseen hand that kept me. I know, without a doubt, I am what I am by the THE GRACE OF GOD!!
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“It’s called LIFE and it happens to all of us.”
Life happens, and by the Grace of God, we keep happening through it.
I do not at all understand the mystery of Grace – only that it meets us where we are,
but does not leave us where it found us.
His love has no limits; His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Annie Johnson Flint