Monday, January 31, 2011

Amazing Grace

I love the words to this hymn

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

 What a wonderful God  we have that accepts us the way we are and loves us anyway! Grace is a real gift from the Father that loves us. We didn't do anything to deserve it, and He paid for it so we didn't have to.

Webster's Dictionary defines grace as

  unmerited divine assistance given humans 
for their regeneration or sanctification 

It makes me think about  the gifts we give each other. Sometimes we go crazy buying gifts to show people how much we love them. But the real gifts we can give each other are far better and much less pricey! Patience, understanding, unconditional love, hope, support, compassion, encouraging words... I could go on and on. All of these gifts are much needed by everyone. It is surprising the reactions you will get when you give them freely. 
Then there are the gifts we think we are giving, but will end up  at the return desk. 
Unasked for advice, guilt,  control... you get the picture. 

So what are the differences, and how do we know which ones we are giving?

One word.

All of the "return desk" gifts are spontaneous. We give them NOW with not a lot of thought. We have good intentions, we think we are doing/saying the right thing. 

All of  the needed gifts are  filled with patience. The same patience God our Father uses with us daily.  He could easily jump right in and tell us what we are doing wrong, but He is waiting for us to realize what we are doing and ask for His help. And He is always there. ALWAYS! Even when you don't think He is, He IS.

The gift of grace is often overlooked and forgotten.  Make sure you always remember that He has given you the ultimate gift. Make sure the gifts you give are unforgettable, too. 


  1. Im currently trying to find my faith and NEVER in a million years did I think I'd find help via a blog!!! I've just stumbled upon yours and its took my breath away! Beautiful and inspiring, really excited to have found it! :)

  2. Thank you so much! He gave me those words, they weren't mine. :) Blessings to you!

  3. Good Advice and my favorite hymm

  4. I'm not a Christian, but I do believe in God, grace, and gratitude. Lovely post!

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    Have a wonderful day,
    Jan at Jewelry4Change

  6. I love the hymn "Amazing Grace". My pastor shares that Grace is an acronym for "God's Riches At Christ's Expense." Oh what an incredible God we have. Thanks for sharing!

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