Grace-Filled Community

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Grace. What do you think of when you see or hear this word?

Grace. We say it before meals.

Grace. My daughter’s middle name. My friend’s name. She is very gracious, if you must know. 🙂

Grace. We sing about it in a lot of songs. Grace Flows Down, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), Your Grace is Enough, and many more.

I love that we are digging deeper into grace this month. In defining grace, Sarah pointed out that “grace isn’t a one-time gift you receive. Grace is a limitless flow of undeserved gifts…”

In the Bible, we see so many examples of grace. God showed grace to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Samuel, Esther, and others. Jesus demonstrated grace to the apostles (John 13:1-7) even when He knew they would desert Him at the time He needed them most. And there are many more stories.

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Who are you pouring your grace out on today?

Glorious Grace: Source of All Blessing

glorious-gracebecca1Here are bits and pieces of what I noted from our Glorious Grace Bible study this past week about who we are in Christ, because of His glorious grace:

Blessed us, chose us, predestined us for adoption, loves us, redemption through his blood, forgiveness of sins, lavished with God’s grace, wisdom and understanding, included in Christ, marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, guarantee, saved

I shared with my HelloMornings group these lines from the songs How He Loves:

And we are His portion and He is our prize,

Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,

If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.

Lingering on verse 7 of the passage:

v.4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
v.7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
v.11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will
v.13b When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit

Linking up with Glorious Grace Fridays {hellomornings}.

*I asked for sunrise or sunshine/sky photos on FB for one of the email newsletters that I was writing, and my friends did not disappoint. I could only use one, so I will share the others, one at a time, each week in these Glorious Grace posts. The above photo is from a Company Girl blogger friend, theNewBec. I think our daughters would be great friends if they ever met!

Week 1: Prisoner of Christ

Glorious Grace: Prisoner of Christ

glorious-graceSooo, you know when someone wants you to remember something, or wants your attention? They keep repeating what they say, and there is sometimes a lot of shouting. Sound familiar to any parents out there? :p

Well, I think God wants my attention. This summer I attended the 9-day ladies’ Bible study class that went in conjunction with the kids’ community VBS. The theme was Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear Trusting God. We studied Paul and the book of Acts. This year in our homeschool group, we are memorizing Ephesians 6. You know, one of Paul’s letters! And of course, our HelloMornings Bible study is Glorious Grace on Paul and the book of Ephesians!

Okay, God…what do you want to teach me?

barbieI’m excited for what’s in store for this study and for the Fall session of HelloMornings. We finished our first week and I’m proud to not have pressed snooze. Woot! A huge accomplishment for me. And what I have been blessed by most of all, but still have to be reminded to do, is getting into the Word. Even if the kids hear my eyelids open (that’s got to be some kind of superpower of theirs, right?) and they are awake right after my seagulls alarm (for real, one of the reasons I did not snooze!) goes off, it is always a blessed time getting my day started with God (and sometimes caffeine!). This week was an intro week to who Paul was and why he wrote Ephesians. If you were a prisoner of anyone, the best to be is probably a Prisoner of Christ.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19

Linking up with Glorious Grace Fridays {hellomornings}.

*I asked for sunrise or sunshine/sky photos on FB for one of the email newsletters that I was writing, and my friends did not disappoint. I could only use one, so I will share the others, one at a time, each week in these Glorious Grace posts. The above photo is from a new-ish online friend, Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life, who actually happens to be local to me. I hope to meet her soon! And apparently, we have the same wedding anniversary!