Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Tender-Hearted

 "His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all."

Richard Foster

"Be kind to one another, cherish tender feelings for each other, forgive one another, just as God forgave you in the King."

Ephesians 4:32

God wants us to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving because that is the way He is towards us.  He cherishes tender feelings for us, is moved with compassion for us, longs for us deeply, and is so touched by our every feeling.  He has the kindest, softest, most loving heart of all!

A thought: I move God's heart!

Monday, February 27, 2023

Our Daily Grace: He is Our Place of Calm

 "Jesus says, 'Shh! Be still. I am here. All is well."

Brennan Manning

"Be still, and know that I am God."

Psalm 46:10

He is our place of calm in the midst of the storm.  He can get us through anything.  He takes care of us even when we can't feel Him there.  Often we are anxious, worried, and fearful, but it doesn't matter because He is still carrying us through. He is the one who is quieting our heart, being peaceful in us, and reminding us that no matter what happens, He is still God and He is still in ultimate control. 

A thought: He is my peace.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Heaps of Love

 "Grace never heaps guilt, shame or condemnation on people.  Grace heaps unconditional love on people.  Grace accepts us just as we are!"

Steve McVey

"Immense in mercy and with an incredible love, He embraced us."

Ephesians 2:4

He doesn't shame or blame us.  He just loves us!  All He has for us is heaps and heaps of love, kindness, goodness, generosity and friendship.  We are being inundated with the unconditional love of God at all times. That is the grace of God!

A thought:  All God does is love me.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Our Daily Grace: The Good News of Acceptance

 "We are accepted wholesale. Accepted with no possibility of being rejected. Accepted once and accepted forever. Accepted at the ultimate depth of our being...  God accepts me, owns me, holds me, affirms me, and will never let me go."

Lewis Smedes

"We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand - out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise."

Romans 5:2

It's so beautiful to think that when we open the door to God, we find He's already opened His door to us.  He accepts us before we ever accept Him.  He has never condemned us, only accepted us.  He has never rejected us, only welcomed us.  He sent Jesus to take away anything that would make us hesitant to come to Him.  This is the good news!  Jesus is God accepting us, refusing to let us go!

A thought: I am accepted with no possibility of being rejected.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Reconciled In Joy

 "Everything will be reconciled in joy.. He transforms all things, no matter how ugly or sorrowful, into blessing."

Julian of Norwich

"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more."

Psalm 16:11

In the end, all will be joy.  In His presence, there is no sorrow, pain, or suffering.  In His presence is full, complete joy and delight that never ends!  All the tears, hurts, and troubles that we carry within us, even the ones we ourselves have caused, will somehow be transformed into joy.  That is the ultimate reconciliation and God wouldn't have anything less for us!

A thought: I'll be happy in my God forever!

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Our Daily Grace: He Does It All

 "The Christian life is totally grace. God initiated it, God fulfills it, and God will complete it. He is the One who lives it in us."

Dan Stone

"I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus."

Philippians 1:6

This life is too much for us.  But it's okay because God is in us, working, moving, carrying us along.  He is the One who is living out of us.  He is the One preparing us for each new day and then seeing us through that day. He is the One who makes sure we get to where we need to be.  He is the One making sure of the happy ending for us!

A thought: Life isn't up to me, it's up to God in me!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Nothing Can Stop His Grace

 "Grace overcomes our shame by simply accepting us, the whole of us..with no regard to our virtue or vices..  Nothing I do or nothing I fail to be will even tempt Him to hold back His grace."

Lewis Smedes

"God is good to one and all: everything He does is soaked through with grace."

Psalm 145:9

Nothing can stop God from loving us or showing us grace.  Nothing can stop God from accepting us.  Nothing can stop God from being good to us.  It is simply who He is! We are always surrounded by the love, goodness and grace of God.  

A thought: I am never outside the reach of His grace.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Before We Become Acceptable

 "Grace is the gift of being accepted before we become acceptable."

Lewis Smedes

"Look at Him..a friend of ..sinners!"

Luke 7:34

It's wonderful how Jesus was glad to spend time with anyone and everyone, accepting, loving, helping and healing them. They didn't have to change or clean themselves up first. Rather than acting too holy to be around sinners, He said those were the very people He came to help! He loves the "unlovable" and accepts the "unacceptable." What a Friend we have who completely includes us as His friends, just as we are!

A thought: Jesus loves being my friend.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Our Daily Grace: In the Center of His Love

"We are completely lovable in His sight and we stand fully in the center of His love."

Julian of Norwich

"Your life is kept with Christ in God."

Colossians 3:3

We are standing. cherished and embraced, at the center of His love.  We are hidden with Christ in the tender heart of God. In His wonderful presence of love there is nothing to fear.  Here there is no struggle or striving.  Here there is no worry or despair. Here there is only peace and joy and rest.  We are always at the center of His love, fully accepted, fully cared for. Here within Him everything is perfect.

A thought: At every moment I am safe in His love.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Our Daily Grace: One Loving Phrase

 "Grace has one loving phrase:  You are accepted.  Accepted, accepted, accepted."

Lewis Smedes

"There is no question of being at odds with God in any way."

Romans 5:9

No matter what others think of us or even what we ourselves think of ourselves, we are accepted by the most important One of all.  God accepts us as we are, at every moment, no matter what.  We are totally taken in.  We belong.  We are home.

A thought: God is the place I can always go to find acceptance.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Good Overcomes Evil

 "God meets evil with good.  Love overcomes the spirit of evil."

Julian of Norwich

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Romans 12:1

God asks us to return good for evil, to overcome evil with goodness, because that is His method.  He meets all humanity's evil not with wrath or vindictiveness but with goodness and love.  He melts our hearts with kindness and overcomes the coldest, darkest mind with the strongest, most powerful force in the world - His unconditional love!  God's love will win against evil every time and will ultimately win against all evil for all time!

A thought:  God's love for me is the strongest thing there is.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Our Daily Grace: God in the Darkness

 "He has followed us into our darkness, and there where we thought to finally escape Him, we run straight into His arms."

Simon Tugwell

"I can never be lost to Your Spirit!  I can never get away from my God!"

Psalm 139:6

God was willing to become a man, to step into human flesh and enter this world to be with us in all our pain and trouble.  And He is still doing that today.  He enters into our pain and feels our anguish with us.  He holds us in the darkness.  Even if we run from Him, He comes with us to wherever place we run..  And if He is there for us at our lowest places, or even when we are at our worst, we KNOW He will be with us forever! He will never let us down!  

A thought: At the darkest moment, God holds me.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Always Enfolded

 "Whether rising or falling, we are always graciously enfolded in one love."

Julian of Norwich

"His compassions never fail."

Lamentations 3:22

We are always wrapped in God's love and compassion, like a child snuggled in a warm blanket.  Whether we are having a great day or a terrible day, whether we are successful or failures, whether we are happy or sad, His love enfolds us and will never fail us.  We are cherished, we are safe, we are enfolded in the tender love of God.

A thought:  God holds me close to His heart today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Unlosable Love

 "You can't get away from a love that will not let you go."

Robert F. Capon

"I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I'm not letting go."

Isaiah 41:13

No matter where we find ourselves, His love is there, holding us.  No matter how much we fight Him, rebel against Him, and turn our backs on Him, He is always right there, loving us.  This is the love that melts our hearts no matter how cold they may become.  This is the love that will never leave and never stop embracing us. We are safe in this unlosable love of God!

A thought: He won't let go.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Happy in His Love

 "It is the greatest worship we can give Him, that we should live happily and merrily because of His love."

Julian of Norwich

"In Your generous love I am really living at last!  My lips brim praises like fountains!"

Psalm 63:3

God's love brings such joy!  We are loved no matter what, so we can start living more freely, singing more often, relaxing more often, enjoying ourselves more often.  It brings our heavenly Dad such joy to see His kids happy!

A thought:  We are loved into joy!

Monday, February 13, 2023

Our Daily Grace: No Conditions

 "With grace, there is not one single note of condition."

Robert F. Capon

"'For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then My faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,' says the Lord who has mercy on you."

Isaiah 54:10

God promises to be our friend, to be there for us, to keep on loving us, to stick with us and bless us, through thick and thin.  It's a no matter what kind of promise with no strings attached, no conditions at all. We will fail, but it doesn't matter, because HE never will!

A thought:  God requires nothing of me and gives everything to me.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Perfect for God

 "You're perfect for God. Perfect."

Graham Cooke

"The Lord you God is with you.  The mighty One will save you. The Lord will be happy with you.  You will rest in His love.  He will sing and be joyful about you."

Zephaniah 3:17

He looks at us and says, "You're perfect; don't change a thing."  It is almost unfathomable to realize that we are perfect to God.  In His loving gaze, we can completely relax. How wonderful to just rest in His arms today and hear Him sing a love song in our hearts!  

A thought: God is always smiling at me.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Destined To Win

 "You're condemned to success and a victim of victory!"

Rob Rufus

"Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory through Christ."

2 Corinthians 2:14

No matter what, Christ just keeps on winning the victory through us.  No matter what, we are victors in Him.  No matter what, the ultimate victory has already been won and will be revealed in an amazing way!  Sin can't touch His victory through us, and death can't touch it either.  We are destined to win!

A thought:  I am already a winner in Christ.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Complete in Him

 "We have been made complete in Jesus and need nothing but to be conscious of this truth."

Bertie Brits

"So you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ."

Colossians 2:10

We are filled with God, the Infinite One, so we cannot be lacking in any way. God has filled us with Himself; this is the fullness of life we were always meant to enjoy!

A thought:  I have Christ so I have everything..

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Our Daily Grace: No Requirements

 "I want to say that, categorically, ...you have no Christian duties!"

Rob Rufus

"Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace."

Romans 6:14

We are not slaves trying to measure up to a master's demands or requirements.  We are children, unconditionally loved by our wonderful Father!  God demands nothing of us.  He loves us for free.  Living in the free favor and love of such a Father, we want only to love Him back!

A thought: I don't have to measure up.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Carried Along

 "We are buoyed up and carried on by a life greater than our own."

Brennan Manning

"When you are old, I will still be there, carrying you... I will carry you as I always have.  I will carry you and save you."

Isaiah 46:4 

It's so good to know we don't face anything alone.  There is a great Someone in us who is carrying us, supporting us, handling things through us.  He is big enough for any challenge.  His overflowing Life keeps bubbling up from within us to fight every fear and bring us through every storm.  His Spirit of power and grace will buoy us up every time, through good times and bad.  And He will make sure we get safely home!

A Thought: I am a little child carried in God's arms.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Our Daily Grace: The Face of Love

 "At no time is His acceptance of me ever in question.  At no time does He ever deal with me except in perfect love, acceptance, and kindness."

Bob George

"God is love."

1 John 4:8

His only stance towards us is acceptance.  His only thought towards us is love.  His only action towards us is kindness.  There is such security in knowing He isn't a two-faced God; every time we look at Him we only see the face of pure Love!

A Thought:  All I will find in God is love.

Monday, February 6, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Nothing Left to Do About Sin

 "The sin issue between us and God is truly over.  God never deals with us on the basis of sins.. He is satisfied with the work of Christ on our behalf.  There is nothing left for Him to do in regard to sin."

Bob George

"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."

John 1:29

Jesus took away the sin of the world.  It is gone according to God, as far as the East is from the West.  God has nothing more to do about sins; it's already been taken care of for good! So we do not need to focus on sins.  Now we can focus on just enjoying friendship with Him.  This is what He has longed for all along!

A Thought:  God isn't thinking about my sin.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Our Daily Grace: At Home with God

 "The free gift of God is uninterrupted, unending life with God (relationship)."

Bob George

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Psalm 23:6

Knowing Him is coming home and never being lost out in the cold again.  Knowing Him is finding the love you've looked for all along.  Knowing Him is knowing you will always belong.

A Thought: No matter what, I am always at home with God.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Already

 "We are already as holy, righteous, forgiven and loved as we will ever be - RIGHT NOW."

Mike Fitzpatrick

"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."

1 Corinthians 1:30

We are not trying to get righteous or trying to get sanctified.  We already are those things, right now.  We have Christ's own righteousness and holiness as our own. We are as righteous as Christ is, as approved by God and as right with God as Christ is.  We are as holy as Christ is, as set apart.  Right now!

A Thought: I have God's stamp of approval.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Our Daily Grace: No Transgression

 "Where there is no law, and there isn't for us as Christians, then there is 'no transgression.' We can't violate something that doesn't exist in our life."

Marcus Chewning

"Where there is no law, there is no transgression."

Romans 4:15

We are not under law but under grace. We can't be lawbreakers or violators of the law anymore, for we have been delivered from the law completely! We can forget about trying to keep the rules or worrying that we don't keep the rules and just enjoy the freedom of living in the grace and love of God.  For He doesn't see us as failures who deserve punishment but as children who deserve love.

A Thought: I am never a failure to God.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Accepted

"True freedom is being accepted as we are in Christ."


"To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."

Ephesians 1:6

God knows all about us and accepts us just as we are.  We are finally free of the tyranny of "trying to be accepted."  We are already accepted in Christ.  God accepts us just as He accepts His own Son. And God could no more reject us than He could reject His own Son!

A Thought: God already accepts me.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Our Daily Grace: Our Gentle Dad

 "God never despises, shames or belittles His younguns."

Mike Fitzpatrick

"The Lord is waiting to be kind to you. He rises to have compassion on you."

Isaiah 30:18

What a gentle heavenly Dad we have!  We may despise ourselves, but He never despises us.  We may feel ashamed, but He doesn't shame us.  We may put ourselves down, but He never belittles us.  There is nothing but gentleness, kindness and compassion coming to us from God.

A Thought:  God is kind and gentle with me.

May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14