Note: I know I am far behind. I’ve been having internet and computer problems. I will be catching up as quickly as possible.
January 23, 2018 – Grace
Merriam Webster defines “Grace” several different ways. I think the ones that fit best are “approval/favor” and the archaic definition of “mercy/pardon”. Grace from God is not earned by something you do. It is extended to your through forgiveness of your sins once you accept and believe on his son, “Jesus Christ”.
We go through this life seeking approval and favor from many different sources. We look to our parents and teachers when we are young. We look to our friends, our significant others, spouse and bosses as we live out each day, and sometimes it is heartbreaking not to find the approval we so badly want.
Any child psychologist will tell you that, when you are raising your child, you need to give them that feeling of being in your grace, that feeling that you approve of them, who they are, what they do and what they can become. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more families also raised their young that they need to diligently seek Gods grace above all others?
Today I am thankful that God chose me to receive his grace through his son, Jesus Christ
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved through grace and not of ourselves, it is a gift of God 9 not by works so no one can boast
January 24, 2018 – Health
Social Media sites are a good way to keep in touch with family and friends. It is an immediate way for you to stay on top of what is happening in the lives of those you care about. You can see their pictures of growing kids and grand kids, hear about family events or catastrophes. I don’t really care for Twitter. I mostly stay in touch via Facebook. Phone conversations are to long and dragged out and at least on Facebook, I can type out what I want to say and review it before I post it.
Over the last few years I have seen a lot of woes on there from friends and family. I know we are all getting older, but it seems like so many are getting sick, developing incurable diseases or getting injured. Everyday. It seems, someone is in the hospital or down with an awful illness. I see my friends deteriorating in their health, I pray for them, but it saddens me.
When I look at the what the majority of them are going through and compare it to my aches and pains, what I am going through seems so minor in comparison. Today I am thankful for the health that I do enjoy, it could be so much worse.
January 25, 2018 – Blessings
For years I lived my life as a miserable person. Stuck in a 20 year abusive relationship, I learned to think that there would never be anything good in my life. Existing from day to day, sometimes wishing he would go ahead and kill me, I was sure I had committed some horrible sin that I was being punished for.
When God finally opened the door that would let me escape this relationship, I still exited with a load of garbage. Internal as well as external scars existed and I was sure I would carry them for the rest of my life. Finally able to voice my thoughts and opinions, I became a complainer, a “woe is me” type of person. Everything was still wrong in my life and there still didn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
As I grew in my walk with Jesus, my eyesight was slowly restored and I began to see the blessings in every day. Sometimes they were just small ones like acknowledgment from a co-worker on a job well done, or the friendly smile from a person walking past me. Sometimes they were huge ones, like being offered a better job, or being told how much I was valued, or actually falling in love.
Today I am thankful that the Lord cleared my vision and allowed me to see the blessings in my life.