Thursday, 26 January 2012 to you

This is my new word, pronounced Ki-rain, it is a greek word, a greeting, it means joy to you
I love that...Chairein.

What follows is a letter of Grace.  These are not my words, they are random quotes and scriptures that I have collected and formed together...words of Grace...that have found their way into my heart and lingered there. Grace, it is an amazing act of God that gives me unending hope and joy and love and peace and gratefulness that overflows my soul…I want to show it more…I want to show more grace.  Grace.  

I've heard it asked "What is grace, this Grace that you desire?" 

Grace is something you can never get but can only be given.  There is no way to earn it or deserve it.  A good night sleep is grace and so are good dreams.  Most tears are grace…Somebody loving you is grace.  
Grace may be unnoticed.  But there are usually some who will notice…They will notice even it’s lightest touch and will hold it a precious and an incalcuble, valuable thing.     
Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth.  Grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo.  Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightening.

Grace tells us that we are accepted just as we are.  We may not be the kind of people we want to be …we may have more failures than achievements…we may not even be happy, but we are none the less accepted by God, held in His hands.
Not that we deserve it, not that we can earn it, but that we know how precious and valuable a gift it is. That’s what makes grace so amazing.

The beauty of grace - our only permanent deliverance from guilt - is that it meets us where we are and gives us what we don’t deserve.             
God is looking for people who will come in simple dependence on His grace, and rest in simple faith upon His greatness.  At this very moment, He’s looking at you.
Look deep within yourself and recognize what brings life and grace into your heart.  It is this that can be shared with those around you.  You are loved by God.
The secret of life is that all we have and are is a gift of grace to be shared.

Grace abounds and walks around the edges of our everyday experience.
Grace is God drawing us to Himself.
From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.
We know that God gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything.  Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a gift of grace.
The air which our souls need also envelops all of us at all times and on all sides.  God is round about us in Christ on every hand, with many-sided and all-sufficient grace.  All we need to do is to open our hearts.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect…
I know, more surely than I know anything, that any pang of healing or forgiveness or goodness I have ever felt comes solely from the grace of God.

The grace is God’s, the faith is mine.

Amazing grace…Chairein .