Thursday, October 01, 2015

31 Stories of God's Grace

"Grace catches us. Grace catches us as we fall behind, grace catches us when we fall miserably, grace catches us and calms all our tangled anxiety...and says it's okay--You'll carry us over the finish line--assuring us a thousand times of just that: Grace embraces you before you prove anything and after you've done everything wrong."--Ann Voskamp

"Grace flies in the face of logic and wraps us in arms of unexpected love."-Ann Voskamp

Grace...it's all about grace!

Grace is this unbelievable unmerited gift....that I often think we take for granted. As I was praying about and trying to decide on a topic for these 31 days, the one word that kept popping up was grace. Grace has this way of showing up when we least expect it and wrapping us all in the most unexpected love.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."--Ephesians 2: 8 (Recite it with me friends!)

Grace is this beautiful unmerited gift. During these 31 days, it is my hope and prayer that you will be blessed by the 31 stories of God's grace that I will share with you.These stories will range from joyful moments to sad moments to everything in between. But the gift, my friends, is that each of these stories is full of the beauty and magnificence of God's grace and I promise that these stories will wrap you in the most unexpected love. Each of these stories reminds us of the gift of God's grace; a gift that is freely given to each and every one of us; a gift that changes everything.

I love what Anne Lamott says about grace. She writes: "I do not understand the mystery of grace--only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us."

May the stories of grace shared, throughout these 31 days, meet you where you are at, but not leave you where it found you.

23 comments:

  1. So excited for this, my friend! One can never really grasp enough grace! :)

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    1. Thanks friend! And nope one can never really grasp enough grace!

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  2. Grace has this way of showing up when we least expect it and wrapping us all in the most unexpected love. THIS is enough! Looking forward sweet girl. xo

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    1. Yep THAT is indeed enough! xo

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  3. I love the quote by Anne Lamott--she's such a powerful writer and grace seeker :). I look forward to your series!

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  4. I would agree that sometimes we even miss the grace we have been given. Looking forward to hearing more about it!

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    1. Cherie, it is true isn't it?!?! That we sometimes miss the grace we have been given. Thanks for journeying along with me.

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  5. Beautiful beginning and since grace is so dear to me, I can't wait to see how you unfold it through your stories. Blessings along the way my friend! It's going to be a wonderful journey.

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  6. Grace shared is grace multiplied is grace spreading. Looking forward to this series!

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    1. I love that, Marie! "Grace shared is grace multiplied is grace spreading!"

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  7. Grace is a most beautiful and surprising gift. Somehow I never knew how much I needed it until I had received it. Looking forward to your series.

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  8. Love Ann's quote and I love even more how TRUE it is.
    I know that your readers will be blessed by your grace stories.
    I bet you will be too - such good stuff to focus on.

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    1. Susan, thank you! I hope both my readers and me are blessed by my series too.

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  9. I love grace -- the everyday grace I need from others and His amazing grace! Wonderful topic Tara! I look forward to reading it.

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  10. Wow, judging by this post, this is going to be a great series!

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    1. That means a lot coming from you, Melissa! Thank You!

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  11. Just being in this space here. Reading your words. It feels like an experience of grace. Excited for your series.

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    1. Melanie, wow...thank you for your sweet words.

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  12. 2 Corinthians 12:9: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power* is made perfect in weakness.’

    I often thought of 'sufficient' more like 'merely sufficient' or 'barely adequate'. But as I get older I realize that God's grace is abundantly sufficient, lavishly sufficient, ridiculously sufficient. Grace satisfies not only my basic needs, but all of my needs; emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical. Maybe this is why Jesus instructs us to 'Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.'

    Thank you, Tara, for this awesome gift of your writing and blogging. May you know the lavishness of God's grace for you, always.

    Rod

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