Monday, June 11, 2012

Never Ending Grace

Isn't it awesome how God's grace truly never ends? He is truly AMAZING in all things - on the good days, and the bad days. We took at look at John 14 during this Sunday's sermon. Though I didn't know it when I took a seat in the sanctuary, I have to say, I really needed to hear those promises of growing grace illustrated in John 14. 

The third trimester of pregnancy caught up with me last week, as it has a way of doing about this time in pregnancy. I was pouting, mostly to myself, about how hot it is outside; how my bones hurt; how everything I do seems like a chore because it's hard to move, bend, and breathe more or less; also, I was inwardly fussing about how much longer is still left in this 40 week tour - I checked my calendar a several times during the week like the number of remaining weeks was going to be suddenly lowered or something. The days pass quickly, but it seems like the countdown of weeks that remain is dragging on and on. Instead of being driven to persevere, I allowed myself to use these things as an excuse to be a little lazy and grouchy, too. Yesterday's sermon, though, was a gentle reminder that God's grace is there in full abundance and increasing, even when we're hurting. This goes for any kind of hurt - physical, emotional, or otherwise. This is a fine reminder that we must endure to glorify Him even through difficulties because HIS GRACE ALWAYS ENDURESHis grace is truly enough and, in direct alignment with the mission of this blog, I'll tell you - it's found in every second of everyday whether we want to see it or not. Grace is in the aches and pains; Grace is in the success and the happiest of hearts. Aren't you glad it is? I sure am.

John 14:1-14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples 
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”  
Jesus the Way to the Father 
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well.From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm praying that you stay strong and encouraged. Pregnancy is a time when the Lord provides in ways you never anticipate or imagine--He will graciously do so for you!!


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