Blurbs of Grace

Tag: Jesus

Gaining Gratitude

It is only through experiencing the absence of those who we love that we can come to truly appreciate the presence of the One who loves us. It is only through experiencing the inadequacy of the created, that we can come to truly appreciate the adequacy of the Creator.

Grace for Today

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I saw this posted by K-Love Radio on Facebook a few days ago. It reminded me of the way our three year-old daughter prays before we eat. It started one day when my mother asked her to “Say grace” before our dinner. I wondered if she knew what my mother meant, as my husband and I don’t usually use those words. We simply ask the children to pray. She did not ask what my mother meant. She just bowed her head, closed her eyes and prayed, “Heavenly Fader, thank you for your grace. Thank you for our food. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

“Thank you for your grace.”

I thought about those words over and over again. Jesus told us to pray to the father to “give us our daily bread” but often I think we miss the very fact that he is our daily bread. His spirit, his grace, is what we need for the day. Yes Lord, give us our daily bread. Give us grace for today.

Consider those Words Today

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Why is it that it often takes a person to die for others to consider what they said while they lived? Don’t wait. Consider your loved ones words today.

John 2:19-22
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”
But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Perspective

 

 
Luke 18:24-27
Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
 
(If I held a needle close to my eye and looked at a camel far off, it would be possible for the camel to fit through the eye…)

Who said Believing is Easy?

John 6:29
Jesus told them, “This is the only WORK God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

Desiring Change?

I have desired change. I have busied myself seeking and striving for self improvement, believing that through my effort I could somehow become the woman that I want to be.

When I failed I became weary. When I was successful, I was merely successful in fulfilling my own vision. In either case, I was consumed with myself.

I wanted change. I still do. I want to have it all together. And when it comes to my faith, Jesus has really been checking my heart on this.

I know that He sees my desire to change. But truly, my desire to change is not what draws Him closer to me. He does not draw near to those who seek change or even those who attain change. He draws near to those who seek Him.

And so I find that the changing of my ways is not what is to be desired. I should not come to Jesus because I desire to change my ways, to “find me” or to “improve me” or to “know me.” I must come to Him simply because I desire to know Him.

As I desire Him and draws closer to Him, change is inevitable. The impossible becomes possible and there is sweet rest from the exhausting pursuit of myself.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

When I am Tempted to Point my Finger

I can easily identify the sin in others,

and yet I am often so blind to

my own sin.

When I am tempted to point my finger at others,

and when my stomach turns at what I clearly see as sin,

may I ask the Lord to reveal the sin He sees,

in my own life.

May I remember,

that we all make wrong choices.

We all sin.

May I remember,

why Jesus came,

and died.

May I remember,

that his forgiveness,

and love,

is for every sinner,

and not just,

for me.

Our sin may be different,

but His grace is the same.

May I extend,

the forgiveness,

and grace,

that He has extended to me.

May I be quick to point my finger,

at myself,

and determined to change,

me.

Floating on the Waves

The next time you blow up some sort of floating device consider this spiritual truth: The ability to rise above your circumstances is within you.

Genesis 2:7
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life

Thank you Jesus for filling me with your Spirit. With you I can rise above my circumstances. I will not drown.

Making Time

“There are many things you can do on any given day. It takes much discipline to do them all but even more to do none of them and simply spend some time alone with me.”

A sweet little blurb from the lover of my soul.

Enduring Obedience

An enduring obedient heart is not motivated by fear, but by trust.