Where to begin? Do you know how hard it is to start a blog and come up with something intelligible to blog about? I guess I will just start from the beginning and for me the beginning of my new found JOY is….grace.
What is grace and why is it so “amazing” to me? The definition of grace from webster.com is
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
I am approaching my 34th birthday..yikes! I have been a pain in my mothers rear for a lot of years…but because of who she is, she has always shown me grace. I believe that because of the grace shown to her in her life, she is able to pay it forward and teach me how to give this divine regeneration.
I have been married for 13 years to a man that is the epitome of grace. He chooses to show love to me over and over, especially at times when I don’t deserve it and trust me there are MANY. He also is able to love unconditionally not only to me but to basically everyone he meets. How on earth did I get so lucky to win this guy??? Only God knows and that’s for real ya’ll.
Have you ever made a decision you regret or done something you know is pretty unforgivable? Well, let me tell you..I HAVE! But it seems that when these things happen there is always someone in my life, a friend, a family member, a fellow church member, a mentor, someone who shows me grace, even when I don’t deserve it. I want to be this person for someone else, because its the grace of other people that has kept me going many days of my life.
And lets not forget the grace of JESUS! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 This pretty much says it people….it doesn’t matter what we do, we can’t win salvation from God….it’s because of his GRACE and our faith Him that we are saved. I don’t know about you but I am ever thankful for God’s grace in my life.
So it’s true, because of grace I am able to choose JOY. Because the grace shown to me lifts me up and puts smile on my face. My prayer is that as I continue this journey of my life I can show grace to others, to my children, to my family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. I want to be a woman of grace, because believing in grace is pretty joyful!