Seasoned with Grace

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7, NKJ

It’s time to let the past be in the past and to become men and women of Grace. God once shared with me before a family gathering, “Tracy, a woman of Grace never brings up the past sins of another person. Just as I have forgiven and covered your sin under The Blood, you must also cover the sins of others… A woman of Grace always builds up and never tears down.” I will never forget these words because they were like water to my soul. You see, I have a shameful past, but God never reminds me of it. Sure, there are times when I reflect on what God has done in my life, but never with despair or regret, but with thanksgiving of what God’s Grace has done.

So, as you sit with your family and friends this Holiday season, I encourage you to build up and not tear down, speak life and not death, extend mercy and not judgment, express love and not hate, offer forgiveness and not bitterness, share of God’s goodness and no matter what happens at your Holiday gathering – be men and women of Grace.

Just as we season our meal with salt, let us also be purposeful to season our fellowship this Thanksgiving with God’s amazing Grace – it is delicious to everyone who has ears to hear!

We need to trust that when evil is spoken of us, God will take care of it. All we need to do is simply walk in God’s grace and no evil plan shall prosper. God will send His angels concerning us as we flow in His love. And it is my prayer that God will grant us all a gathering seasoned with Grace!

Prayer:

“Lord, please forgive me of my sins and cover them in Your Precious Blood. I rebuke the devil and his tormenting spirits – I am forgiven and redeemed – I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Help me Lord to be a person seasoned with Grace. I will no longer bring up the past sins of my brothers and sisters in Christ, but use my mouth to build up and edify. I ask for a Graceful Gathering this year and I realize this desire starts with me. No matter what happens Lord, I invite you to be with me this Holiday season. Guard my lips and heart as I choose to trust that You will vindicate me when needed.” Amen.

HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!

Tracy


Nothing, Absolutely Nothing

“None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”  Romans 8:40, The Message

Ever have “one of those days” when you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Maybe your child is sick or a close friend has let you down, but no matter what solution you try in order to resolve the situation, a spirit of heaviness still remains in your heart – has anyone else been there?

It is when our hearts are overwhelmed, that we desperately need to run to God and His Word. Our current situation may make no sense at this time, but you can rest in the fact that God loves you and is for you.  God alone can bring refreshment to your weary soul. I love our scripture today because it focuses on the fact that God loves us and there is nothing we can do or not do that will separate us from His love. Just take a few moments today and ponder that God loves you.  He knows all about your situation and He will be with you to the end and make all things work together for your good simply because He loves you.

It is my prayer that you will meditate on the fact that God loves you.  You may feel alone in this world, but God is right beside you and longing to love on you this very moment….the question is will you take the time to let Him do it? As you go through your day, I want you to continually tell yourself that God loves you.  When you grab that piece of cake that you know you shouldn’t have – eat it with joy knowing that God loves you.  When a friend disappoints you again– pray for them and ask that God would surround you with His perfect love that casts out all fear and torment.  When you child is up all night with a fever – pray over him or her and declare that God loves you and your precious one.  God is for you and loves you with an everlasting love. And there is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do about it!

Prayer:

“Lord, thank your for loving me at all times.  You loved me when I was yet a sinner.  You love me when I make good choices and you even love me and help me when I make wrong decisions.  You are for me and therefore who can be against me?  Please reveal this truth to me today.  Amen.”

Wide Open Spaces

“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”  Romans 5:1-2, The Message

For years I feared that if I surrendered my life to God, He would call me to live in a tent in a tropical forest, marry a man that I was not attracted to and birth twenty plus children  – all of which are not wrong by an means – but I had no desire for any of these things.  The problem was that I did not know the character of God at that time. I believed the lie that if I gave my life over to God that He would ask me to do things that I was not equipped for nor would I like, but this could not be farther from the truth!

You see, when I threw open the doors of my heart to God, I discovered that God had already thrown open His doors of grace to me through His Beloved Son, Jesus, when He died on the cross. God had been patiently, lovingly, waiting for me to give up.  Even through hard times, God has been with me and I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. It was God who blessed me with a wonderful, good-looking husband.  It was God who blessed me to be a mother and it was God who knew that I was not called to live in the  jungle, but instead He gifted me to help His people through Counseling.  Many marvel that I enjoy being a Counselor, but it was God who put this desire within my heart and I experience great joy when I Counsel.

Before Christ, I struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, rejection, people pleasing, worthlessness, and much more.  Yet, when I came to the end of myself and cried out to God, He filled me with His life, joy and peace. Over time I began to see who God really was – a loving, giving, compassionate Father who placed talents and abilities within me to glorify Him.  I cannot boast of anything in my life, for it is God and God alone who blesses me.

Now, there are circumstances in each of our lives that we would never willingly choose to go through, but with God we can be confident that He will lead us to victory in every place .  We can stand firm that God will work all things out for His good when we are called according to His purpose.  God does not waste anything.  He will not waste our pain, trials, talents, abilities, desires or anything in life.

I want to encourage you to surrender everything to God today.  It is only through surrender that we can find peace and joy. One of my favorite sayings is, “I can’t, but God can.” God is longing to lead us into wide, open places in our workplace, marriage, ministry, parenthood and in everything we do.  Today is the day we can throw open the doors of our lives and discover ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shout out praise to God.will you join me?

Prayer:  “Lord, I give my life and I declare that You are good and gracious and will lead me to wide open spaces as I surrender to You.  You have amazing plans for my life and I no longer want to keep You at arms length.  I want to fully surrender to Your will and not my own.  You have placed desires and abilities within me for Your purposes and I long to fulfill my destiny on earth.  May Your will be done.  Amen.”

Ever Faithful

“Scripture reassures us, “No one who trust God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it.”  It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be:  the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out, for help.  “Everyone who calls, ‘Help God!’ gets help.”  But how can people call for help if they don’t know whom to trust?  And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?  And how can they hear if nobody tells them?  And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?”   Romans 10:10-12, The Message

As a parent, I am continually watchful and protective of God’s precious gift to me.  Whenever my daughter cries for “help,” I am quick to respond and would leap over mountains to rescue her out of harms way.  The truth is that nothing can keep a momma away from her child when he or she is in need – everyone else needs to watch out when momma runs to rescue her child!  LOL!

The truth is that God loves you more than anyone on the face of the earth.  He will not only come to your help when you cry out to Him, but He will bless your future with His amazing grace.  I love what Romans 10:10 states above; “No one who trusts God with their heart and soul will regret it!”  I am living proof of this scripture.  I shouldn’t be alive, BUT GOD heard my cry and He came to my aid and rescued me and He healed me everywhere I hurt.  And it is now my mission in life to tell everyone what God has done for me.  The truth is that He is no respecter of persons:  If He rescued me – then He will rescue you.  If He healed me – then He will heal you.  If He has blessed me – then He will bless you above all that you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).  He is an awesome God who is waiting for you to cry out to Him today.

I don’t know what you are currently going through…maybe you need to cry out for God’s help and simply receive all that He has for you today.  He loves you and longs to help you.  Or maybe you have been rescued like me and need to start sharing what God has done in your life.  Millions of people don’t know Who they can trust.  They are looking for peace through the things of this world, but the only One who can give them what their heart and souls longs for is Jesus.

Who knows, you may be the one to reveal that God loves them. There is nothing better in life than to see a life rescued and renewed through the power of Jesus.  Will you join me?  Will you tell everyone who will listen what God has done in your life?  As our scripture above asks, “How are they going to know unless you are sent?”

Prayer:

“Lord, thank you for answering me every time I cry out to you for help.  I am living proof that when someone puts their trust in You that You are faithful.  Help me to let You have control in my life.  May you use my life to draw others to You.  May I be a living testimony of Your goodness.  May people see Your favor upon my life and may they desire a relationship with you.  Amen.”

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