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My husband watching the sunset in the canoe we built together)

TRUSTING THROUGH GRACE  (Taken from my book Reflections 2013) 

Grace is God’s empowering presence within to respond and act according to His Truth

A part of me died with the passing of my precious husband in 2009.  At least that is what it felt like.  A feeling of only half of me is left. I knew that only the Lord could heal this deep wound.  As I worshiped the Lord who knows my heart and my feelings, I saw the dead tree in my front lawn in SC.  I asked the Lord if that was me.  He answered and said no, but to carefully guard my heart and mind.  He told me that I was a tree planted by the water.[1]

Through His Word and gentle whispers I knew I would be ok.  His written Word became living Word in my spirit and I knew there was still a life ahead for me even though it was drastically altered. I knew there would be another season for me and as I put my faith and trust in Him, I could embrace today, and then the next day, and the next week, and then the next month, and the years to follow.

The beauty and wonder of grace is that is always available no matter what we need.  I believe the statement above is truth.  If we believe that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us,[2] then the grace of God is in that Spirit within us and we can act according to His Truth.  If we trust Him, we can face today, then tomorrow, then next week, and the years to come. 

Grace flows freely for the each of us not only in trials, but also as we live a life of seeking His will and going forth in any direction He gives.  The Bible is rich in evidence of grace in the lives of those who trusted God.   There was Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Esther, and Mary and Joseph.  The list could go on and on. Their journeys weren’t easy.  But with the grace of God, they trusted and walked in obedience. 

Like any of the patriarchs, we also should be walking in obedience.  I’ll be the first one to admit that there are difficult situations where it is difficult to obey what we know the Lord is asking of us.  Some are related to issues where we need to forgive someone.  Others may be where God is asking us to trust Him as He leads us into change or a new chapter of our life.  If we love Him, we will obey His teachings.[3] It seems like obedience has an effect of purifying one’s heart. 

~~~~From my ❤to yours~~~~Andrea 

[1] Psalm 1:3

[2] Romans 8:11

[3] John 14:23