Grace Got Me!

I have been saved by grace simply through believing that Christ died for me. (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

I must admit that I struggled much in my early faith walk to comprehend the difference between mercy and grace!

  • Mercy:  Outward manifestation of pity; assumes a need/a plea for help by the asker; a disposition to forgive 
  • Grace:  Endued with divine favor; that which bestows pleasure, delight, or causes favorable regard; love and favor of God toward man    
Very simply:
  • Mercy – not getting what I deserve
  • Grace – getting what I don’t deserve

God’s Riches AChrist’s Expense

It is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9) for one day at a time.  It is lavished on me with all His wisdom!  Even my mistakes can be recycled into something good through it!

Ever since I trusted Jesus to be my Savior, I have been infused with His Holy Spirit! If you’re a tea lover like I am, you know that the longer a tea bag soaks, the deeper it penetrates and concentrates and creates a deeper flavor.  It is impossible to ‘untea the tea’!  
I cannot become ‘uninfused’ or ‘ungraced’ or ‘untea-ed’… or unloved by the God Who gives me that grace!
I can’t number the times I have won a parking space, witnessed ‘angel rays’ smiling from morning sun, drawn short breath at sight of deer on my bike ride, surveyed flower design, known astonishment over my son’s face void of details of disability, amazed by sunsets that mirrored my mother’s description of colors around Jesus….ALL God’s grace, and I am deeply moved, realizing that He designed each favor especially for me!
A garden I love to visit exhibits a life-size figure of Jesus sitting, sublime and inviting. His face shows deep care and beckons me to stay.  I sit!  Because of the cross and God’s great grace, I can do this, having full and undenied access to His very lap.  I wish you could see it.  The lap is burnished!

I rest there, humbled and joyful, arms around His neck, face on His shoulder, and thankfully receive His sanctuaried peace and grace.

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Having grown up on a farm, Lori Rinehart was instilled with a love of nature at a very early age.  She loves experiencing her Creator Father in these settings.  She knows personally the presence and power of a good, good Father God.  Her mission is to guide others to build hope for themselves and their families as they come to know and receive the amazing love of God.

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