by Sandra Barker
I love to write about God’s Grace (sola gratia - Latin for grace alone). Grace is such an inexhaustible subject - we can never fully capture the wonder of it. The grace of God surrounds us on every hand. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
In her Bible study, Entrusted, Beth Moore writes, "Grace is the divine means by which God makes Himself everything we need to utterly abound." Ponder that truth for a moment.
When I read the section Beth wrote on grace and all its wonders in our lives, I was so overwhelmed with it all, I started weeping. As I continued thinking about it, I imagined grace like a gentle rain on the thirsty ground of my heart. I soak in its refreshing, healing touch and I'm surrounded by the warm, secure feeling of a heavenly hug. I smile through my drying tears and rest in a joyful feeling of peace (:
by Joan C Benson
Have you noticed how life sometimes runs on parallel tracks? Good things can take place in the midst of not-so-pleasant circumstances. When I saw this image, it reminded me of this facet of life on planet earth. In this photo, we see the beauty of two seasons, complementing each other in color and form. The delicate flowers of a redbud tree are accentuated with the flakes of a late spring snow, enhancing both snow and flowers.
If I imagined myself to be a redbud flower, I might not feel the positive vibes of a blast of cold invading my springtime. Imagine bursting forth in your best show of first blooms, to find yourself shivering under a pile of freezing fluff. Sort of sets you back.