Grace upon Grace

Grace.

This has always been a special word to me and for the longest time I wasn't really sure why.

This word first appeared in 8th grade. I was on dance line in middle school and at our end of the year spring show our sponsor gave us each one word that she thought best described us. Guess what my word was?

Graceful

I sure did not feel like a graceful dancer. I tripped, fell, and felt far from the perfection that is portrayed in that word. But yet, that is what she saw in me.

My next encounter with this word was at the beginning of my sophomore year in high school. I was struggling with friendships. I went to a huge high school where I was told it would be super easy to make friends, but that was not the case for me. Freshman year I was still friends with the same girls from middle school, but they had begun to meet other people and form their own groups. I didn't feel like I really had a true best friend. But the second day of sophomore year, I met a girl named Grace. God knew what I was struggling with at the time and provided, like he always does. I'm so thankful for my friendship with her.

In the Spring of that year, my mom went to a women's conference in Dallas, Tx. On the last day, there were cards in envelopes waiting on the chairs for whoever sat there that day. My mom had an empty seat next to her so she picked up an envelope and brought it home for me. When I opened up that card there was a bible verse that read, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."

Grace. That word again.

Most recently, my brother got a new job at a new church as a youth pastor. This transition was a hard one for me because I was still very committed to my current church and we had always gone to church together. I was so happy for him, but sad all at the same time.

The name of the church? Grace Family Worship Center

And they have welcomed him and my sister-in-law with open arms. They are both so happy there and they now have the ability to impact the lives of anyone who walks through those doors. The church has loved on them like family.

Grace has been defined as the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires for us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.

God's grace is safe. God's grace gives us life. God's grace makes us better than we could ever be on our own.

Grace gives us forgiveness. It gives us strength.

I sure don't deserve the grace God has given me, but by Grace I have been saved. By Grace I am who I am now.

So today, know that you are loved even when you feel unlovable. Know that you are safe. Know that you have life inside you on your darkest days. Know that you are strong and capable of anything. And know that all of this is true because of the grace of god.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"

Ephesians 2:8