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Grace Always Gives More

Posted in Affirmation, Encouragement, Faith, Home Page, and Lessons I've Learned (so far) Series

It's Day 31 on the #write31days journey!  Thank you for joining me for the series "Lessons About Life I've Learned (so far)."  If you are new to this series, a link at the end of this post will take you to the landing page where you can find out more.

But first, there is one more life lesson to share. It's about grace.

In our capitalist society, wealth is seen as a worthy goal.  For some, the power of influence and the allure of luxury is motivation to achieve a high net worth. But grace gives wealth a whole new meaning. It goes beyond this world’s economy or anything else in this world.

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9 NLT

It’s hard to fathom how much Christ relinquished so we could be forgiven, have the strength to stand or the privilege to serve. With a grateful heart, I hope to steward my inheritance well —  not by living life like I want to — but by living life like I belong to Him.

Here’s what I mean:

When I battled depression in my late teens, I wanted more understanding. But instead, grace took my mother’s prayers and formed a shield around my life. 

When loved ones died, I wanted more time with each of them.  But instead, grace took their believing souls home and gave my grieving soul time and comfort to heal.

During the 2008 recession, I wanted more financial stability. But instead, grace made it possible for Brady and me to trudge through financial distress and regain stable employment.

Whether we think we need more support, more time or more resources, grace always gives us more than we deserve. Sometimes it builds a paradoxical existence giving us:

Joy during times of sorrow.

Contentment in the face of lack.

Hope in the midst of horrible news.

Because although God’s grace gives us more riches than we can imagine, it doesn’t include the luxury of giving up. May we always be encouraged by the generous grace of Christ and experience Him as more than enough for our needs.

This post is part of my "Lessons I've Learned About Life (so far)" series. To find out more start here.

I'm taking a short break to reflect on these (and new) life lessons. I hope you'll continue to reflect on them too. I'll return with a new post on November 15. However, feel free to comment on these posts. I promise I'll chime in and believe God to give more "hope for the heart and joy to the soul."

12 Comments

  1. Cheryl Luckett
    Cheryl Luckett

    Congrats on completing this 31 day journey! No small feat! May God restore and replenish you during your break and may the inspired messages you shared this month continue to do His work.

    October 31, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thank you Cheryl! I appreciate your prayer. I’m grateful for the 31 day journey and for any way God chooses to use it. Blessings to you my friend!

      October 31, 2017
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  2. As I read through Ephesians and Colossians yesterday, the RICHES of Christ, specifically His abundant grace, kept grapping me. Thanks for bringing that out here. Praying with you to steward as one who belongs to Him!

    November 2, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Amen, Bethany! God’s extravagant gift of grace amazes.

      November 2, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Helena!

      November 2, 2017
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  3. Congratulations on completing your 31 day journey – and what a great note to end on! His grace enables us far beyond what we can imagine!!

    November 2, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Tammie! Yes, with the topic rotation of this series I was absolutely thrilled to see I would land in grace for the wrap-up!

      November 2, 2017
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  4. Beautiful encouragement here, Joy! What a fantastic topic for a series. I did the 31 days challenge a few years ago. It wore me out ;). Congrats on finishing with such great words of wisdom!

    November 2, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Candace!

      November 2, 2017
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  5. sheryltn
    sheryltn

    “Don’t have the luxury of giving up” I love that line and I resonate with it almost as a battle cry of hope!

    November 6, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Sheryl! Yes, the riches of God’s grace continue to amaze and sustain me. I join you in the battle cry of hope!

      November 6, 2017
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