Grace and Peace

Here are a couple thoughts about grace and peace…

FIRST FOR GRACE…

Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing and I responded like this: “Things are good for the most part; but with the addition of our new foster kids, I feel like Brit and I have been pushed to the outer edge of God’s grace again.”

We have noticed a low-grade exhaustion that comes with too much stress and are adjusting our lives to get back in the center of God’s grace. Since we know that God has asked us to do foster care, we can conclude that He is asking us to not do some other things. God’s grace is deep and wide and amazing, but we can find ourselves living outside it if we are not paying attention. 

Today would be a great day let go of some things in order to steer the ship of your life and family away from the edge and in the heart of God’s sufficient grace. 

NOW FOR PEACE…

I think peace is powerful and I’ve notice peace is shy. No doubt, peace is what recharges our souls and give us energy for life. Yet, it seems peace is a timid virtue that requires time and patience to draw out of hiding. Yet, instead of being patient enough for peace to do its replenishing work, our society chooses morning coffee instead.

Peace is also what is supposed to settle us down after the day’s activities so we can sleep deep and recover our spent souls. Yet, our society does not have the patience to wait for shy peace to come and wrap its arms around our minds and hearts. We settle for a counterfeit brought to us courtesy of alcohol, Netflix, and/or porn.

Today, take some time to quiet the voice of the world around you and inside you. Stand still, hold still, be still long enough for the Jesus peace to wash over you.

“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ has apportioned it.” Ephesians 4:7

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27

Grace and peace to you my brothers and sisters,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

David

P.S. This is not a treatise against coffee and alcohol, they are perfectly fine. They are just a poor counterfeit for peace.