God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Gratitude for Grace

I have a devotional titled The Prayers of Charles Swindoll, Volume I.  The following excerpt was shared in his online Daily Devotionals yesterday & I thought it was so beautiful that I am in turn sharing it with you.

Gratitude for Grace

"For the grace of God has appeared; bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness & worldly desires & to live sensibly, righteously & godly in the present age."
Titus 2:11-12

"Thank You, dear Lord, for the beautiful way You teach us.  Thank you for Your patience when we fail.  Thank You for Your understanding in the midst of all our own confusion.  Thank You for reaching down to us when we would never have reached up to You.  Thank You for stopping us when we were running in the wrong direction, for setting the hounds of heaven after us.  Thank You especially for Your grace.  For by grace we have been saved through faith; & that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. What a great reminder.

Thank You, dear God, for being tough with us when we needed it, for disciplining us so that we would walk worthy of the calling.  How grateful we are that You have promised us a heavenly home free of guilt & shame & sin & sorrow & death.  We look forward to eternity with You, with our Savior whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see Him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable & full of glory.  In the great name of Jesus we thank you.  Amen."

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I pray that you are all having a blessed weekend!


Vicki said...

Great post, thank you!

Vickie said...

I am having a blessed weekend. Thank you. I hope you are recovering fully. Thank you for sharing Shirlee.

Simply Victoria said...

I'm grateful for that grace too.So glad you shared this.

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Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this x

Annette-California said...

Thank you for sharing Shirlee. Hope your healing well and enjoying this weekend. love Annette

butterfly said...

Beautiful Shirlee, you are so blessed, hugs.

Kathleen said...

Hey Shirlee....one of the old CS forum members sent the link to your blog! YAY!!! Good to see you again, I've been wondering about you for some time...missing you. Take care of yourself...and be WELL! <3

Teresa S. said...

Amen, Shirlee. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

Lovely. I hope that you are healing and getting stronger every day!

Maggee said...

Good words to live by! Just about an hour later, not having read YOUR post, I was reading this:'The most stumbling person can become, by God's GRACE, a radiant, confident overcomer. In Him, there is always hope.' (from Living in Light of Eternity by Stacy & Paula Rinehart) Great minds... Hugs!

Julie said...

Wishing and hoping that you are improving with each and every day that passes by. x

Pam in IL said...

Thanks for sharing!

Trace4J said...

Wonderful post friend.
Hugs love and prayers :)