I am on Christmas break after a wonderful semester at school. I have been learning so much through my classes, through music ensembles, through my relationships with my family, friends, and Garth (which by the way, our 4 month anniversary is today!). I miss writing...and keep determining to do it more, but it doesn't happen very often.
Lately, I have been learning about my need for grace. I fail so often. I fail to treat others like Christ would. I fail to be completely honest in my relationships with those I love. I fail to do my best when I don't feel like it. I fail to set my mind on things above.
But the grace of God is EXCEEDINGLY abundant! It is only because of God's grace that I am His child and I am daily in need of His grace to live for Him!
This is such an encouragement because it is not up to me. I don't need to feel pressure to succeed and be the best. I don't need to be utterly crushed when I fail. When I fall, grace is there. When I sin, grace is there.
This same grace that is daily bestowed on me, I need to bestow to others. When they fail, I must show them grace. When they sin, I must show them grace.
There are so many ways in my life right now that God is showing me this concept of grace. My heart is overflowing with the magnitude of it all!
As preparation for Christmas sweeps us up into a whirlwind, I am taking a deep breath and letting His grace overwhelm me. Because His grace is so evident in the Incarnation. Because His grace is so evident in the cross. Because the need for His grace is so evident every day of my life.
2 Corinthians 8:9
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich."
2 Corinthians 9:8
"And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work."
2 Corinthians 4:15
Indeed, everything is for your benefit, so that grace, extended through more and more people, may cause thanksgiving to increase to God’s glory.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,
so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—
not from works, so that no one can boast.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them."