“One of the greatest proofs that you are drawing on the grace of God is that you can be totally humiliated before others without displaying even the slightest trace of anything but His grace.” ~ Oswald Chambers
"Many people use the word grace to describe the beautiful appreciation we express to God at mealtime. How often have we said to our families around the dinner table, “Let’s say grace”? Yet how often have we failed to consider what saying grace means? Such a prayer should always be an acknowledgment that it is only by the grace of God that we are living, breathing, and enjoying every meal, all benefits coming from a loving and gracious God. Too often we fail to acknowledge God’s grace even Read more [...]
I am doing an intensive study of Galatians this week. Today we discussed the overview of the book. This verse just hits me every time I read it:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 | ESV)
If I am truly crucified, I am dead. Christ lives in me. I no longer live. I have no "rights". I don't get to demand anything. Dead Read more [...]
A fellow blogger wrote about feeling tired all the time. Depression over a long period.
I commented on his post. I realized as I typed my answer that I was writing a new poem. I have revised what I originally wrote. I pray it helps him. I pray it helps you.
Tired? All the time?
My hands are tired.
My feet are tired.
My mind is tired.
My soul is tired.
My life is tired.
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever been depressed?
For a very long time?
Yes. I have felt this way.
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"Why can't you admit you were wrong?"
Maybe because I wasn't.
Just because someone else thinks I was wrong doesn't mean I was wrong. They see it one way, I saw it another. I made decisions at the time; they have the advantage of hindsight.I may do what I believe right and yet another person believe it to be the wrong way to do things. I can be sorry they were hurt. I can wish things turned out differently. But does that mean I was wrong in the first place?
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If my days were untroubled and my heart always light
Would I seek that fair land where there is no night?
If I never grew weary with the weight of my load
Would I search for God's peace at the end of the road?
If I never knew sickness and never felt pain
Would I reach for a hand to help and sustain?
If I walked not with sorrow and lived without loss
Would my soul seek sweet solace at the foot of the cross?
If all I desired was mine day by day
Would I kneel before God and earnestly pray?
Continuing the theme of Recovery. I am posting the full version of "The Serenity Prayer". This prayer is said at many 12-Step meetings in its shortened form. I love the long form. This world is not as I would have it, but I am trusting my Father. I pray this prayer for you all today. And for myself. The Full Original Copy of the Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
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