Receiving Grace

God’s love and enabling power is there to strength and support us through our trials, but as with any out stretched hand, we have to choose to reach out and take it. To enact and feel that power we have to be living a life that qualifies us to feel His spirit. We have to be trying to move forward in a good and positive direction. If we are doing that and turn to Him and ask for that strength, it can come to us and carry us through the darkest of times.

Seek the Master's Grace
We can choose to be defined by our weakness, to be conquered by it, or we can choose to be motivated by it, to humbly seek the Master’s guidance and grace, His enabling power.
Marcus B Nash

Divine Help
God doesn’t give us what we can handle. God helps us handle what we are given.

  From the Editors Desk

  1. Take Upon Me

    This weekend I was taught some new lessons that I want to share. On Friday Bailey and Bostyn picked out some cookbooks at the public library. They spent most of the day making menus of the things they wanted to cook. They were anxiously asking all day Saturday to make...
  2. How Can Goodbyes to Help Me Grow

            I put my second son on a plane today, and I will not see him for two years… Two years seems like an eternity. He is going on a foreign mission for my church, and he can email once a week and call on Christmas and Mother’s day-...
  3. Healing = Courage + Action + Grace (PART 5/5)

    KEY COMPONENTS FOR HEALING: GRACE       I honestly did not get grace before my husband died.  I think I have always been so self-sufficient in my life that I have rarely consciously reached out for enabling power to do something, but after the accident I found myself sinking. ...

  Real Stories

  • Pattern: Part 1 Just as we need daily physical sustenance, we need that that daily spiritual sustenance to help us remember who is the source of our blessings. It keeps us in tune with the spirit. It helps us increase our courage to do the right things and to serve God. These small and simple things daily transform us into better people
  • Experience: Part 2  Our faith in God is the fruit of experience. Sometimes we may wonder, “Why does this trial linger on? Why doesn’t God just answer my prayer and fix this for me?” I have gone through those questions in conjunction with the other trials that have come with the death of my husband. In those difficult moments I have come to a point where I had no where to turn but to God, in those circumstances I have truly learned how to pray and receive the answers that come.
         So like the children of Israel, I follow the task of gathering the mana for that day, the help that can only come from Him, from God, for that moment, not the long term, but for my immediate need. I am learning to take life one day at a time… remembering “Give us this day our daily bread.”

    While deliverance is not immediate and I cannot see the end, I am finally to the point where I can say, “I’m content to get a daily help and let it take what time it takes.” Perhaps the greater blessing for us is to have to walk through it with Him.

  • Change: Part 3 That core substance that we need to aspire to become the person we need to BECOME is found in Jesus Christ.  There is a purpose in life far beyond living comfortably.  The bread that we receive is to enable us to act and serve.  We are helped and changed in this incremental process.  I am learning not to expect immediate deliverance from my problems.  As God is patient with me in my progress, I can get His help day by day.  All of those small changes add up over time to make an eternal difference in me.  I can see that in my life over the past 10 months as I have turned to Him as the source of sustenance of my life.

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  2. Anchored in Love

    Anchored in Love

    On the night of my husband’s murder, at the crime scene, while sitting behind a bush tucked away from everyone, I yearned for a sign that Richard was in heaven. I felt like I could only “accept” his death if I had confirmation that I would see him again and...

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  3. Hiding Scars

    Hiding Scars

    Bailey reminded me yesterday that today would mark the one year anniversary of her blender accident. It isn’t really a day I ever want to think about again, but the lessons I learned through that experience have stayed with me. I hope I never forget that conversation in our laundry room...

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The enabling power of God’s grace helps me to know that I CAN do hard things, that I CAN keep moving forward with life, growing and learning as I navigate my new life as a widow.

It is because of Grace that I can handle being a widow, when it seems impossible. After all, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillippians 4:13



As I look back, I believe I had that help and strength from the moment I learned my wife had been killed in an accident.

I had to make some quick decisions and was able to keep a clear mind. I was able to speak at her funeral and bear strong testimony, something I never could have done without that divine strength. As I’ve gone on with my life since then, even on those days I just wanted to lay down and die, I have felt His power and love helping me to keep moving forward, one step at a time.


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How do we receive Grace?

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The Lord’s mercies to us include personal blessings of strength, loving kindness, guidance, and many other spiritual gifts.  These do not occur randomly or by coincidence.  Obedience and Faithfulness enable us to receive these important gifts, and frequently the Lord’s timing enables us to recognize them.