By the end of this post, you’ll see some of the core teachings of Jesus in a brand new light. Some of His teachings are not easy to understand. Others are easy to understand; they’re just not easy to swallow, so we end up reading alternative meanings into them. Sadly, even the most devoted believers are guilty of gross misreadings and misinterpretations.
A year ago I came home and the way my husband was acting I thought he needed sleep. He did this all the time. He wouldn't sleep then he would be in like a sleep but awake state. At 5:30 I got him in bed. I checked on him at 8:30 and he seemed to be fine so I went to bed. I woke up at 10:38 and he wasn't breathing right. Once again this wasn't the first time. Every time he went into the hospital this is what I woke up to. Luckily this time God made sure I had 3 great friends with me when I got the news that my husband died.
My husband and I recently celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a trip back to where it all began. The beachfront venue where we had our wedding reception is now an utterly amazing resort.
Our anniversary usually overlaps with Mother's Day weekend. Funny how the Lord did that. I think He knew even then that I would need something else to celebrate every year. Something to keep my mind off of my own infertility.
Do you like your reflection? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I see dark circles under my eyes, I see the scars of life, I see grey hairs. Some days that's all I see and those are the days it's hardest to function. I can't seem to get my hair just right and despite having a closet overflowing with clothes, I have nothing to wear. It's on those days when I stare at the wrong things in the mirror, that I lose all perspective.
Grace has been described as a sphere of constant forgiveness. Undeserved, unmerited favor. Being shown love, even when we are unlovable. Grace is one blessing after another that we don't deserve.
The life of Paul is an amazing example of God's Grace. After years of persecuting the followers of Christ, Paul (or Saul as he was called at the time), encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus and became God's chosen instrument to proclaim His name all over the world. (Acts 9)
Can you imagine your worst enemy having an encounter with you that causes them to completely change their tune and celebrate you instead?