Grace. The older I get the more I desire both to be and to be known as a woman full of the Grace of Almighty God. So for me to be a woman of grace I have to believe that His grace really is sufficient, and to be known as a woman of grace, I must show grace, give grace, and live grace. I love the title of the book by Liz Curtis Higgs, “Embrace Grace.” Welcome to the Forgiven Life! I remember the first time I heard the acronym for GRACE, which the speaker said meant “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” I’ve never forgotten that definition. It cost Jesus everything – His very life – to allow me to embrace the gift of salvation and receive His grace. His grace was given so freely to me that I really want to share His grace with others.
For me…SHOWING GRACE means giving the benefit of the doubt when my flesh wants to criticize or hold someone accountable.
GIVING GRACE means forgiving immediately without any need for a why or a cause for explanation.
LIVING GRACE means every moment of every day to live out a life of grace. At home, at work, in the grocery store, at church, in the tough times. To be leaning in close enough to hear Christ whisper grace to me so that I can show grace to everyone who comes across my path.
By showing, giving, and living grace, I will be blessed to become that woman of grace. I so want to be that mentor of a grace-filled, grace-full woman to the young women who God brings into my life, beginning with my two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters, Madie Ruth and Emery Caroline.
The words of the old hymn “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” have always been such a treasure. I love the hymns, and this one is a favorite.
Marvelous grace of our Loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt.
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Grace, Grace, God’s Grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
Grace, Grace, God’s Grace.
Grace this is greater than all our sin.
Thank you Lord for your Amazing Grace!