i love the word grace.
i love the reality of grace.
undeserved favour. unmerited kindness.
God is grace-filled – His grace overflows to us and through us to others.
though its so undeserved His grace welcomes me into His arms, into His heart, into His salvation, into His presence.
His grace to me means i can extend gracefulness to others, not so much overlooking, but covering their sin, understanding the process and growth of life, and encouraging them to live in forgiveness, truth and love.
God’s love to me should make me graceful.
to my husband.
to my children.
to my friends.
and do i need to say how it is often more hard to be graceful to those first two categories.
husband and children.
we can often paint on a graceful face for the world.
lip gloss and mascara and a touch of grace.
dress right, smile right, the right labels, the right look, say the right things and we portray “togetherness”
we can overlook and cover the mistakes of others in our world with more grace and kindness.
but how often are we graceless with those who should be the closest, those who should have the largest grace account in our lives.
i am often reminded by the Holy Spirit when in a grump, with a bad hair day, uncaffinated and overtired, to hold my words, to take a deep breath and count to ten, to refuse to snap and speak without thinking, to have grace. because i should be demonstrating His love and grace to those whom i love the most. just as they extend love and grace to me. family is real. its mornings and pmt and date nights and cuddles and tantrums and tears and spills and triumphs. we can make it so conditional.
my flawedness wants to be ungracious because mistakes and disobedience and *stuff* interrupts and disorganises my day. or is it just me.
oh i so need the grace of God to be to me and through me.
grace upon grace upon grace, written in my heart and through my life
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