Processing Grace

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Posted by Sara

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When I think of the word "graceful" my mind is filled with images of dancers.  They flitter and float across a room as if no effort were required. 

But if you are a dancer - you know the cost of appearing graceful.  A ballet dancer's body can testify to the strain and fatigue of muscles and energy that result not only from a graceful performance, but the hours and hours of rehearsal that led to such a demonstration.

I find in my life, that although God makes grace seem simple, comprehending it and accepting it in the day to day can likewise be a spiritually athletic feat.

He gives grace to us freely.  His grace saved us and set us free and in Acts 20:32, it is the message of grace that builds us up, and sets us in place to receive all that God has for us.

"Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends."

I love grace.  I suppose I just wished that I would allow my life to be more grace-full.  
I tend to be pretty hard on myself when things don't go as planned.  I could identify with Anitra's post on perfectionism this week, for sure!

Learning to receive God's grace is a daily reminder for me.  I have to remember that God understands I am in process - his expectation of me is not perfection - otherwise grace would be of no use.  It covers me as I learn and grow, reminding me that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ.  And the same goes for you.  His grace is sufficient for each day- especially the days we feel we don't have it all together.

Let us trust His choreography.  Let our weaknesses reveal His grace and bring us strength.
Father, I pray for each of us today that you would teach us how to walk more fully in your grace.  That it would not be another Christian word we toss around, but you would teach us how to embrace the fullness of this precious gift, and reveal your love for others by releasing grace to them.

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