Saturday, October 31, 2015

What 31 Stories of God's Grace Have Taught Me

Well here we are friends....Day 31 of the Write 31 Days challenge. Last year was the first time that I participated in this challenge and I never imagined the ways it would bless me; new friends, an amazing community and so much more. And this year was no different. I was blessed by participating again. I met many wonderful new bloggers and continued to be blessed by blog friends who I met last year through the challenge. This community is a community that blesses me each and every day.

This year my series, of course, was 31 Stories of God's Grace. Throughout my series, I shared stories of my own life, had friends share grace stories from their own lives and even managed to write about grace and bacon (Not exactly sure how I mustered up the ability to write a somewhat cohesive post but I did) I have learned and relearned so much about grace this month.

I have been reminded that what I often think is not a very graced filled life is actually very grace-filled. I learned that when I am at my weakest, yearning daily for God to answer my deepest desires, God is there right alongside me or sends individuals to walk with me when God cannot be there--God's grace in my midst. I have learned that by sharing these stories of God's grace, we can make an often invisible God become visible to the world around us.

Again and again throughout these 31 days, I have been reminded that God's grace always prevails; God's grace is always and ever enough! In fact, the truth is that we are all sinners in need of God's grace. May we never take that grace for granted!

"For it is by grace through faith that you have been saved, it is not your own doing but a gift of God"----Ephesians 2:8 (New Revised Standard Version)

I hope that you too have been reminded of that promise throughout these 31 days; that grace is this beautiful unmerited gift that is not wrapped in an elegant bow but rather is simply set out on the table for us to receive it. I also hope and pray that these dear stories of God's grace don't leave you where they found you but bless you beyond your wildest dreams.

Thank you for journeying with me over these last 31 days. It has been such a joy to share these sweet grace-filled stories with all of you. May grace reign down on all of YOU, my dear readers and friends!

"Now God has us where God wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust in him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role! If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. God creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing."--Ephesians 2:7-10 (The Message)

Grace by Phil Wickham (I never heard this song before tonight. 
It seems so fitting for the ending of my series)

18 comments:

  1. You just stick with us baby....we're on another cycle now!!! xoxo

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    1. I will stick with you all! xoxo

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  2. Grr, Google ate my comment. Anyhow, congrats on finishing and I need to catch up on everyone's series because I missed some posts! I have never heard tat song either, but thanks for reminding me how messy and beautiful grace really is.

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    1. Sorry Google ate your comment. I am glad that song reminded you of how messy and beautiful grace really is! :)

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  3. Oh yes... this community and this Grace... I am a fan of both! ;) Oh - and Ephesians 2 and Phil Wickham... just yes!

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    1. I am a fan of both too! And why doesn't it surprise me that you said just yes to Ephesians 2 and Phil Wickham! :)

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  4. You did it my friend! Thank you for blessing me with your words. I love grace and love how it shows up everywhere. I also love Phil Wickham and this song did not disappoint.

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    1. Thank You and You're Welcome! I too love how grace shows up everywhere. Glad that the song did not disappoint.

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  5. Grace is priceless yet a great price was paid for us to enjoy it. Thank you for your posts. Congrats on finishing. I can finally join that group. On a cloudy Saturday morning it was quiet at my house so I was able to just keep going. Feels good to do in mercy and grace.

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    1. You're welcome. Congrats to you for finishing too.

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  6. Congrats on finishing Tara! Now I need to go back and catch up on the grace stories I missed.

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  7. Tara - still laughing about grace and bacon yesterday! LOL! And yes, if we only look, we will find His grace saturating every single facet of our lives. Now go enjoy your rest. :)

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    1. I am still laughing too. I am indeed enjoying rest this week! :)

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  8. Congratulations, friend! You did it! I'm celebrating with you. Your series was wonderful, and God worked through you. Thank you! You are loved!

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    1. Thanks! Celebrating with you too! I am so glad you enjoyed my series. You are so welcome. You are loved too!

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  9. bacon! And I was dumb enough to not think about it coming up as a prompt, haha Love reading your grace stories and I'll have to go back and read the ones I missed. YOU, you were so incredible to visit faithfully and I saw you everywhere lady. xoxo

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    1. I think quite a few people figured it wouldn't come up as a prompt. I had a hunch it would at some point! :P I enjoyed your series and was so glad that I could visit faithfully. I think it's funny that you saw me everywhere! :) xoxo

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