Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Riches of His Grace

Sorry, no Whirly Twirly pictures class was cancelled

I received a comment last night from someone I don't know and have no way of getting in touch with:

hello lisa i wish you and your family the best i pray someday i can have my daughter to grow up happy and loved we are going throw tough times i wish i can have a great man and a nice family evey day i pray but sometimes my fear over takes me i feel i dont deserve to be happy because of the wrong choices i made but to see people such as your self gives me hope
Immediately, my heart was filled with compassion for this dear woman and the struggles she is facing. I also wanted to shout from the roof top that this life I have...all I am and all I've been only by God's grace.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for His grace and His mercy on my life and each time I say my prayer of thanks my eyes fill up with tears because it's too wonderful for me. I don't understand it and I am not deserving of it, but still He chose me.

I am blessed beyond measure, but I have nothing to boast in of myself. It is God's gift of grace on my life. I want to be clear to you, dear readers. All that you see on these blog pages is because of God's great love and His rich mercy.

The gift of His salvation, love, mercy and grace is available to all.

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2


April said...

Powerful, amazing, and right on the money!! I would be nowhere without God's grace. I feel so blessed and so incredibly thankful that all my hope is in Him. There is nothing I can't face as long as I have God!

Momagoose said...

Amen!!! What a beautiful heart you have! I have been pondering the same exact sentiment in my own heart and have been basking in His amazing grace and love... which anyone can have, they just need to recieve it and walk in it. Thank you so much for sharing! Beautiful!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I was looking forward to the pictures :{ Beautiful post.

Heather of the EO said...

Such a lovely post.

I feel for the commenter too, feeling that her choices have brought her to a place of condemnation. Thank you for speaking grace in response.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You said it so well, Lisa. I am glad you took the time to address your commenter...and I pray she sees your response. We are nothing without the grace of God.