Sunday Morning Thought: Grace

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There was a time in my life when I used to think GRACE was what it says in the photo - a little prayer you say before a meal. And there were those people I know who were named Grace. When you look through a dictionary, grace is (1) elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action, (2) a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment, and (3) favor or good will. But we all know God's grace is more than those things.

As my faith in God evolved and my situation changed, I found myself praying more and more for grace - every single day. It's like an armor which will shield me from the enemies.

In fact, I pray for grace more than patience. A wise woman in my small group shared how she stopped praying for patience and prayed for grace instead. When you pray for patience, God will not give you patience but He will give you the opportunity to practice your patience. Now that scared me and decided I will also ask for grace. Let's just say, patience has not really been my strongest trait.

Now what's all the fuss about grace?

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It is by God's grace that we have been saved - not because I have been good or have done good things. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I pray for grace when I have to get through a situation I do not really like. So I may handle the situation and not let myself look like an embarrassing fool.
My day to day life as a stay-at-home wife and mother is exhausting on its own, I ask for grace when I have to deal with my very active toddler who tests my limit every so often. I also need grace when my husband has to work late nights or when he has to go away on business trips.
There would be instances when I feel like the grace is wearing off, I need to be reminded how God's grace is sufficient and how His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Every time I say I cannot or do not want to, in reality I can because -- 
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and [a]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [b]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Bible)

The sign is right all along, grace is a way to live. May our every day life be filled with God's grace.

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