Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

      Grace Defined and Illustrated   Though God is the essence of Grace, we find the word grace used only once in the Old Testament.  In Psalm 45, which is said to be a wedding psalm for the director of music.  We read: “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…You are most excellent of men, and your lips have been anointed with grace.” So what is the writer really saying?  What did He mean by your lips have been anointed with grace?  This is just my thought, but the ability to speak and verbalize our thoughts is a gift …

God’s Grace Manifested

God’s Grace Manifested

      God’s Grace Manifested   Have you ever considered that it was out of Grace that God took a great void of nothing and formed the beautiful world in which we live? He took an empty, dark void of nothing and created the world. He separated water and land, night from day, and created the beautiful Garden of  Eden. Then when everything was completed, out of His grace, He created Adam in His Own image and placed him in the garden to keep it.  God realized Adam would be lonely without a companion; so He took a rib from Adam’s body …

God’s Grace Extended

God’s Grace Extended

    God’s Grace Extended     Except for God’s grace, He would have given up on sinful mankind, but through the lineage of Noah, Abraham was born and God promised that his descendants would be numerous as grains of sand on the seashore.  Coupled with God’s grace, Abraham’s faith made him a great servant of God.  Though he waited many years for God to give him the son He promised, he sinned by bearing a son by His wife’s handmaid, as Sarah suggested. But basically he was a great man. I admire Abraham: because it took courage to wait on God so many years for the son He had …

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

    God’s Supreme Gift of Grace     “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him should never perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but so the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17 What loving grace of our heavenly Father to allow His Son to come to earth, be born in a stable, be mistreated by man, and then die on the old rugged cross to pay for mankind’s sins: even those who nailed Him to the cross. …

God’s Grace Included Me

God’s Grace Included Me

    God’s Grace Included Me     Even before my conception God had a plan for my life: for while in my mother’s womb He used my father’s and mother’s genes and DNA and formed my body. I did not know that as a girl, and thought I was ugly. I remember my mother’s reminding me something could happen that would really affect my appearance. I realize that I am no beauty queen, but have learned to be rather satisfied with my appearance. Really beauty is only skin deep; it’s what is on the inside that is important. Also God had a plan for my life before …

God’s Grace Continues

God’s Grace Continues

      God’s Grace Continues   “For by grace are you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a  gift of God.  Not of works, so no one will boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has foreordained that we should walk in them.”   Ephesians 2: 8-10. It is truly humbling that God would take a life with such an unlikely beginning and continue His work of grace in and through that life all these years.  I am amazed that I’m still on earth and …

Assurance

Assurance

When Danny was suddenly ill the first thing I thought was how could I live without him? That thought wasn’t about the money. It was about his presence. Forty four years of relationship was so quickly reduced to a pivotal moment. Sure he’s got life insurance. But I want him! As he has been recovering it’s been quite miraculous. And yet I cling to every moment as it has become even dearer to me. Snoring is even comforting. I may have a little problem even being away from him. He’s independent though so he will help me with that! Lol …

Raising the White Flag

Raising the White Flag

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour?” No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”  John 12: 27 I believed that God was leading me to write for publication. But soon after I finished the first leg of my journey, doubt and fear undermined my confidence. Attending college in my forties changed all my plans. But after spending five years in the academic world, I sensed God renewing my initial call to write for publication. So I signed up for my first Christian writers’ conference in New …

Claiming Your Promised Land

Claiming Your Promised Land

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4: 7 As I compiled this devotional guide, other commitments and obligations kept getting in the way. Plus, I was exhausted. I had just completed my book, Words That Change Everything. And that process birthed more challenges than I’d like to admit. Also, my husband, Dan, had just retired. And I was ready for some REST and time off, too. Lord, I’ll never keep up with all my commitments! I thought of the story in Matthew where the Spirit led …

Searching for Truth

Searching for Truth

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  Matt. 6: 33–34 I felt discouraged and depressed, but I didn’t know why. I just couldn’t get a grip on my emotions. I didn’t think I was angry, but I was impatient and irritable, with a sarcastic tone to every word I spoke. Lord, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. And I don’t know how to snap out of it. Please help …

Spending Time Alone

Spending Time Alone

“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself” (Lam. 3: 28–29 The Message) I was hurt and felt sorry for myself. How could she say those mean thing about me? Were they true? Weren’t we friends? Yet she was devaluing our friendship for some reason. Should I lash back at her unkind words and defend myself? Instead, I retreated to a place where I could pray about her comments. I knew I shouldn’t say anything to anyone while angry, especially the one who had attacked my character and integrity. In the solitude, a still, small voice whispered, “Forgive.” …

Tuning Out Distractions

Tuning Out Distractions

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”  (2 Chron. 20: 17 niv) Writing my first book initiated one of the most intense spiritual battles of my life. I worried about my family—especially my seven grandchildren. I had not been available for their needs with all my blogging, speaking, and writing. Guilty thoughts saturated me like a heavy rainstorm. And worry encompassed me like a …