Grace is Enough

08282012 - Rain

It's raining this morning.

Like you, when I get up and look out and it's raining, I sort of dread the day. It's going to be cold. It's dreary. Oh, how I want to go back to bed. (There's nothing like sleep on a cold, rainy morning :) )

Our lives can be that way too. We look out on what we are facing for the day and like the cold, pouring rain, the burderns of the day quench the fire in our bellies. The list of burdens seems unending:

  • Strained marriages
  • Broken relationships with children
  • Loneliness
  • Health worries
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Shattered dreams
  • Failed career moves

Paul shares a promise we need to hear when he wrote his second letter to the Corinthians. He was telling them of his own struggles. He states quite plainly that to keep him from becoming proud of who he was and his accomplishments, he was given a "thorn in the flesh". Now, we don't know what this "thorn" was but we do know that he asked God to be freed from it. In fact, he writes that he begged God to take it away from him on three different ocassions. God did not take it away. Paul shares with us what God's response was:

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

The first sentence is the most important. "My grace is all you need."

I started following Jason Salamun several years ago on Twitter. He shared a post with a phrase that I have loved since I first read it because it is so true.

When grace falls like rain, it's the valleys that fill first.

If you are walking through one of the valleys of life today, ask God to rain down His grace.

2 thoughts on “Grace is Enough”

  1. I was looking through your archives ( after googling Piatra Neamt) and saw that you took a missions trip to Piatra Neamt. Can you tell me more about your experience? We are praying about moving there and church is our big concern…We are a family of 5.

    1. Hi Melissa. That trip to Piatra Neamt was one of the best experiences of my life. The church we partnered with is an awesome church. My dad initially set up the partnership nearly 17 years ago. This was when Romania was just a few years out of communism. Things have changed quite a lot over the years and the church has been able to build a beautiful building where they are able to reach so many in the area.

      The people are wonderful. During our medical mission trip we worked out of that church and churches in several surrounding communities to provide medical clinics and to work with the children. One of the challenges is the embedded theological influence of the Romanian Orthodox church. In my experience working with the children, so many are taught that they cannot pray directly to God. That they cannot have a direct, personal relationship with Jesus. They are taught that everything must go through the priest. One of the most AWESOME experiences was standing there while one of the translators led a little girl in her very first prayer ever and she (the little girl) wanted to pray for ME. I cried like a baby. It was so humbling.

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