11.25.2012

Grace Makes Room

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”James 1:17

God in His gentle way teaches us Kingdom principles through the practical. Like Jesus Christ while He walked the earth taught the twelve disciples, and the throngs who followed through parables. He made it possible for those of us who hear to take His teachings and make them applicable in our everyday lives. He’s a multifaceted God with straightforward instructions. The Holy Spirit doesn’t write in secret code, or like a puzzle that is near impossible to figure out, or a hard to find treasure within its pages. No, He’s much more loving and compassionate than others speak, write, or teach of. Moreover, He’s approachable and accessible than other generations before us made Him to be.

In weeks prior, God was coaxing me through the Holy Spirit both directly and indirectly through others that I was to make room in my life and my family’s life for others. The crux of the matter was the loneliness of my only daughter who was experiencing sorrow in great measure with each week that passed. It was a challenge to say our goodnight hugs and kisses without us both crying.

For far too many reasons a second child was not considered. The most evident was the age of my husband and myself, though I know God has never been concerned with age. Abraham and Sarah were clearly a good example of this. Still, sometimes we humans are persistent on having things are own way. There are countless scenarios and reasons why we do or don't do certain things, but the gist of what I’m saying is that our current circumstances are not always God’s best for us.

You might ask the question could it be better, could things in my life be enhanced to a status of joy and blessings that I hadn’t even considered. The answer is, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Not by way of things either. He is determined, if we are willing, to expand our territory so that we can share His overflow.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b

Through the extra effort made of including others in my family’s life for the sake of my daughter it seemed that God was pleased and taking notice. Though at first there was some resistance, I was being strengthened by the Holy Spirit to a healthy stance that easily won over antiquated thinking and routines that were now of little or no value. Simply said, what worked before doesn't apply. And I sense that God is saying this to His children on many levels and in different situations. I’m getting it, and I hope you are too!

On an ordinary Thursday morning on route to a client's home I spotted a Corgi prancing down a dirt road into a high speed common thoroughfare. I stopped my car without even a thought, got out, and invited the lost dog in my SUV. She was beautiful, but certainly panting and in need of rest. My spirit was unusually joyful with a slight mixture of hesitation. I can only describe it as follows, I’ve been trying to have a baby and that was fun, but now the doctor just confirmed I’m pregnant. Uh oh! Now what do I do!

Long story short, she was pampered and treated at my Vet’s office as well as my home until the evening when her people claimed her by way of Craigslist. I know her family was over joyed to be reunited with Gracie. Meanwhile, my daughter was experiencing a broken heart. It was a tender moment though fortunately didn’t last long. Somehow Gracie’s presence in our hearts and home, though for a day, gave way to the possibility and truth that having a dog was a right choice for our family regardless of the many reasons why we thought it shouldn’t or couldn’t be. I made up my mind to find a four-legged canine to call our very own. Though in years past we preferred felines, and the year prior had said goodbye to our lifetime friend of 14 ½ years, we were ready to move forward and in a new direction. Bright and early the next day my daughter and I met up with friends and then headed off to the humane society and came home with a lovable, playful, and loyal pooch that is a perfect fit for our small family. Gracie made room for Molly*!
 
God’s grace can make room in our life for joy and blessings unspeakable. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, and something we don’t deserve, but God in his goodness and sweet nature makes it available through Christ Jesus.

Have you ever made a decision to make room for grace? Are you perhaps in a season of giving grace room to grow while you step down and surrender? Let God’s grace -- mercy, love, and forgiveness through Jesus -- make a difference in your life today, and in your eternity.

“John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace** for grace**. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” John 1:15-18

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**Greek Transliteration: charis khar'-ece: acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace(-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy).

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