Grace

Reflecting on Grace

 

Grace

When I think about my journey through “grace” this year, I notice that I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve been changed in ways I never imagined. I’m thankful that it has made me a softer person.

I’ve discovered hidden pride, self-righteousness, and even a judgmental and critical attitude. And as I realized the impact these negative characteristics had on my life, I could see a desperate need for change. I’m thankful that I could surrender those ugly traits to the Lord in exchange for His mercy.

I wish I could take credit for this change in me, but I know that I can’t. It has been the work of the Holy Spirit, subtlety transforming me and renewing my mind.

There is a calmness to my days that I have never experienced before. A new sense of peace and faith that everything will work out OK.

And with each new discovery of God’s grace, I grasp a new depth of His love for me. There’s a feeling of contentment, even though the pain and suffering of chronic illness has not improved.

God’s grace permeates every area of our lives. It stops us from becoming stressed or upset with ourselves, and others, when we must endure failure or crisis or disappointment.

I’m glad the author challenged her readers to choose a word to reflect on throughout the year. I’ve been blessed, challenged, corrected, and inspired.

I don’t know if you chose a word to reflect on or if this is something you’ve done for years, but I hope you have grown and matured in your walk with the Lord. And that you will always seek to remain in the center of His will.

As I look back and reflect on the year, I take time to think about both the good times and the tougher times. I like to thank God for His protection, for the blessings He bestowed upon Me, and for His answers to situations I needed to resolve.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. I hope you have found encouragement along the way. And, I pray God’s blessings of peace, mercy, and grace upon you and your loved ones as we end one year and enter another one.

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6 thoughts on “Grace

  1. readefining

    This is a beautiful testimony! It’s amazing how God takes the ugly in us and turns it beautiful through grace. i also just started choosing words to live by for each year — i think i’ll go with grace. thank you for the inspiration!

    happy new year full of spiritual growth and love to you,

    xoxoxo
    elaine

    Reply
    1. dorothealove Post author

      Happy New Year to you, Elaine!

      Thanks for the encouragement. When I started the journey, I had no idea how God would use it to stretch me and mold me! May you find many blessings as you grow in grace this year.

      Love,
      Dorothea

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  2. Margie Green

    Thank you, Dorothea. This upcoming year will be one in which I will need to draw upon God’s grace. I am really so fragile when I try to rely on my own striving. I have become more ill in so doing. God’s grace is what I need to feel strong in my weakness, acceptable in my weakness. Thank you for minding me that this is the path to serenity.

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    1. dorothealove Post author

      Hello Margie! So sorry for the delay in responding. I’ve had hand issues! I’m grateful that you enjoyed the post. I’ll continue to pray for you and your family. I thank God for your friendship and care. Love you!

      Reply

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