And then there was Grace…

“It’s good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.”

Hebrews 13:9

My sweetest, dearest, Eve brought this verse to my attention this morning. And now the wheels are turning.  What does this mean to me today? This week? This month? This year?

It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace for others, by others, from God, from ourselves. It is good for my heart to be strengthened by the grace shown to me through a surprise phone call from Eve on Wednesday. It is good for my heart to be strengthened by grace shown to me through time with my family, conversations with my mom, lunch with my dad, Sarah Ann being home, friendships, and feeling at home. It is good for my heart to be strengthened by grace shown to me through my job, my boss, and my colleagues.  It is good for my heart to be strengthened by grace shown to me by God when He allows me to be gracious with myself.

Grace comes in all shapes and sizes. And frankly, all to often I miss it. Mostly because I look for it in extravagant places instead of the everyday places.  I look for grace through the eyes of the world; looking for grandeur and bling. I look for “wowza” moments. Moments that hit me between the eyes. But grace doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, most times, grace appears in morning cups of coffee, traffic jams, trips to the grocery store, and that time your car won’t start.  I was once told that you have to train yourself to see grace or to find it. And I have to admit, I have a hard time finding grace in disappointment, anger, sadness, and hurt.

So, today I am thankful for grace. I am thankful for grace in the ordinary places, the everyday places, the ugly places. And I am going to be on the lookout for it and not wait for the “wowza” moments because it is good for my heart to be strengthened by grace.

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