It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

It’s All Grace!

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As I reflect back over the ones who’ve had the greatest impact on my life, I remember my precious Grandma Grace.  Her life began to make the greatest difference AFTER she died.  It was THEN that I realized JUST HOW MUCH she loved the Lord.  Not only did I see HIM in the things she did and said each day, but moreso in the things she DID NOT SAY, OR COULD HAVE SAID.

Grandma Grace set up a memorial stone for me and the generations to come.  Joshua 4 explains exactly what she did for me!  I know the Lord “was well pleased with HIS good and faithful servant”.

Soon after she died, I begged God to make me 1/2 the woman my Grandma was.  Through that request HE began to turn up the heat.  Life seemed more difficult than it had ever been. What The Lord showed me through my trials, was that my Grandma didn’t get to where she was by traveling the easy road, yet it was the difficulties that REFINED her AND made her to look more like HIM.

I had asked my dad about my Grandma Grace (his mother-in-law) and how she affected his life.  After he told me that it was my grandma who led him to Christ, he said this thought provoking statement that I have never forgotten.  “When you met Grace . . . you never forgot her.”  I realized that this is exactly how it is with God’s grace.  His grace has grown more precious to me each passing day on this journey.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  II Corinthians 12:9

So, when you’re struggling and going through adversities, remember that what you’ve asked God for sometimes may not look like the way YOU THOUGHT it ought to look.  My Grandmothers life AND death were significant in my walk with Christ.  Her legacy lives on!

Does your life honor God in such a way, that you would never be forgotten?  What kind of Memorial Stones are you leaving behind for others to learn from?

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The Refiner

Are you feeling the heat?  Getting hotter?  Ready for it to cool off?

God, our Refiner will take what is IMPURE and make it PURE.

He will take what is DULL and make it BEAUTIFUL.

He’ll take what is of potential value and REVEAL its actual value.

He will transform us into treasure.

He’ll refine us in the crucible so that HE can see Himself in the silver — you and me.

And so the world, as well as the principalities and powers and hosts of Satan, can behold the triumph of the Redeemer!  The fiery flames – the array of disappointing situations in our lives, from minor irritants to major tragedies – will make the difference.  Different flames, different fires will come and go.  In the pressure of their heat we’ll see the impurities in our lives being released and rising to the top.  Then He’ll skim them off, purifying us and refining us.  He’ll make the fire a little hotter, causing new impurities to rise and be released, exposed for what they are.  These, too, He’ll lift away!

Early in our Christian lives He may see only a very dim image of Himself as He looks into our crucible.  But as time goes on, His image becomes more clearer, more lustrous, more beautiful.  All the while, He never leaves or forsakes His treasure!  Our Refiner never leaves the crucible and never steps away from the fire.  He is always there to make sure every flame that reaches us is exactly the right temperature – not too hot – to accomplish its work in our lives!  He knows the precise temperature to maintain so we don’t face more than we can bear.  He tests and proves our faith, not to discredit us, but to show us how far we’ve come.  He perfects our perseverance!

The Lord promises to bring HIS people “through the fire” and to “refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call on My Name, and I will answer them; I will say,  ‘They are MY people,’ and they will say, “The Lord is my God'”. Zechariah 13:9

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