The concept of grace has been on my mind a lot lately. In fact, I just finished reading two books that deal with this very subject, Grace After Midnight: A Memoir by Felecia Pearson and David Ritz and A Pace of Grace by Linda Kavelin Popov. I don’t think that this is a coincidence either. Grace, I know, has many definitions. Grace can be described as favor or goodwill, mercy, clemency, or pardon. But the definition that appeals to me the most is the one that defines it as “the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.” God is my strength and this is proven everyday. When it is all said and done I know that I have led a blessed existence.
It was only with God’s grace that I was finally able to gather the courage to go to my doctor’s appointment for a diabetes test, something that I have been putting off for two years. His strength propelled me forward.
He gives me the strength I need to responsibly raise Jazmine, Nicholas, Ethan, and Evan along side my husband.
He allows me to deal with Eliza in a peaceful manner.
Only His grace allows me to admit when I am wrong or have wronged others.
When I forgive others I am exhibiting His grace.
He gives me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change.
With his grace I am able to bear living without my mother.
Grace allows me to see beauty in my sorrows. The grace of God has moved mountains for me. In the darkness of my days the sun still seeps through. For he has promised…I will give thee the treasures in darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
It allows me to teach where I do to the best of my ability, despite the many shortcomings of the district. Through his grace I have made a difference.
His grace has awakened me for the last thirty years-thank you Lord!
I don’t deserve it but He gives it to me freely regardless–even when I don’t feel it, it’s there.
His grace saves the day. Sadly, I am not always a gracious being, this I know. But He has placed it on my heart to be more so. He is watching and I am determined not to fail.
Therefore I am in practice. I want to be a graceful person in every sense of the word. Mind. Body. Soul.