I’ve been thinking about writing a blog for a while. But in the world of media and information overload, what more could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said somewhere by someone? Then I read a tragic article this week that knocked me down emotionally. Perhaps you heard the unbelievable story of a despairing, Michigan mom trying to raise her family. A family that included a 14 year old autistic daughter. In a terrifying and desperate move, the mom tried to commit a murder/suicide and end the lives of both her and her daughter. Life became too much. She snapped.
There’s a thousand things that can be said about this situation, but I will spare you all my thoughts and emotions except to say this: without the grace of God, life is too much. Without God’s grace, darkness will consume us. Without the grace of God, there is no hope.
So why am I writing this blog? Because in the darkness someone needs to shine a light. In the middle of the heartache of our broken and difficult lives somebody needs to say there’s hope. Because when the hard cold pavement of reality is under our feet, we need to be able to walk in grace. Grace can’t just be an idea or a “churchy” kind of word. I need grace in the real world. In my world. In my hard world. Before I even get up in the morning, I need it so I can make myself put my feet on the ground. And when it’s all said and done, you’re just like me. You need grace in your real world just like you need air to breathe.
So maybe everything that needs to be said has been said already by someone else, but if I can shout “GRACE” to some soul that needs it then count me in. I’ll say it as often and as long as I can. God’s grace is enough. We don’t have to break. We don’t have to snap. We don’t have to quit. But we have to lean hard on the grace of God. Be washed in it. Breathe it in. And then, even though we are weak and tired and scared, we find strength. Even our weakness can be used when it’s smothered in grace. “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
I’m not strong enough or smart enough to fix my world or even hold it together. But I do know who can. And I know that resting in His grace is the only way to make it. And resting is so much better than fighting. Believing is so much simpler than struggling. Accepting His gift of grace is easier than trying to make my own way. So breathe in grace and find joy, strength, hope and purpose. It’s the gift he offers for you in your real world. I hope you will open your hands and heart and let Him give it to you. Oh the difference it will make.
Very well put and much needed in the day we are living in today. We have all the help we need for life. we Just need to tap into it. I love the messages in the hymns of the church ….
WONDERFUL GRACE OF JESUS
Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it, where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!
Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost;
Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!
Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power, making him God’s dear child.
Purchasing peace and heaven for all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me!
REFRAIN: Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All-sufficient grace for even me;
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise His name!
connie i read your blog and enjoyed it very much . someone needs to write things in a way that a normal person can understand. some people use such big words that you have to get a dictionary to know what they have said. i read the same thing you did and i thought of you and i know you have God on your side with the things you deal with from day to day . i pray for your family and love all of you so much . i am so glad that God lead you to us and please keep on writing , i will be one of your supporters. your friend in God
When the Holy Spirit genuinely speaks through us, the words are powerful and pure- oh, so very pure… I thank God for this blog and I thank Him for your loving, encouraging pure spirit…
I love the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What a comfort and power within me. Love you friend.
Love it Connie!! So glad the HOLY SPIRIT led you to do this!!!
He is so very good to us!
I’ve been telling you for years to write your Post-It Notes. You have such a way with words and you amaze us all with your love for all of your children and people in general. Yeah. I’m thrilled you are choosing this venue!
I named the Post-it Notes because of you!
Connie, I really enjoyed your blog. I know your days are filled with many struggles, but you have always been an inspiration to me.
Love you Sybil! God is so good.
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