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Thursday, September 6, 2012

To Be Gray and Graceful



Grace…this has been my long wrestle with God…
And if you don’t understand God is a God of Grace…
It is impossible to walk in Grace…
So God and I started on a journey…
One of discovery…
One that led me to an abiding place…
Resting in His magnificent grace to me…
So then it was time…
To walk in a new way…
Freely giving what is so freely given to me.

 He planted a prayer in my heart…
To be a woman who walked in Grace…
I even called a friend who is one of the most gracious ladies I know….
And I asked her to pray for me…
Little did I know how much grace I would need for the days to come…
Those days were painful days…
Days my heart fought hard to find grace…
The grace of forgiveness…
But thanks be to God…
He is faithful…
As He empties us…
He makes room for His Grace to fill us…

I continue on this journey of faith…
Everyday  yielding and letting Grace fill me…
And as I grow older...
My ultimate goal…
To be gray and graceful
I am graying pretty slowly for a woman my age…
I wonder what this indicates about my progressJ




1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

24 comments:

  1. My heart leapt at the word abiding... Yes. I have trying to find a word to describe what God is doing in my heart. He is teaching my how to abide. Truly, abide.

    I love this walk you have, you are further than me, but so grateful you share... You are a GIFT <3

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    1. Michele...so thankful you are finding that abiding place in His love...from there He can transform all...and all is grace. blessings to you my friend~

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  2. Yes - to be gray and graceful - I am entering those years too . . . a wise prayer!

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    1. Ioni...one day it seemed like God let me hear a lot of older woman out and about...they were not full of Grace...complaining...nagging their husbands...and that day...I asked God to grow me...to be a woman of Grace...thanks for stopping in~

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  3. Through pain we can truly understand God's grace. I pray that you continue in your pursuit of grace. Your faith is encouraging. Wow!

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    1. Thank-you Mandy...glad you stopped by~

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  4. can you be graceful and color your gray? at least until your husband stops looking like your son and your youngest is a teenager? your title caught my eye because i don't thinking i'm "gracefully going gray." LOL.

    seriously, though, i appreciated what you've shared - abiding in the place of His grace - brings me to that thought - He's told me I can't escape or hide from Him, so it really makes more sense to be still and abide. His grace is... always... if only I could learn not to fight or fear it.

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    1. Richelle...I know that all too well...and what I came to understand was my view of God was wrong...I did not trust His love...I wanted to love Him from a distance and Him Love me from a distance...but overtime...He wooed me...won me over to HIs true love...and once I truly “got” how much He loved me...I moved closer and closer...and I could find His Grace and live more fully in it...and I am still growing...not having arrived...and I know He will continue to woo your heart to understand how much He truly loves you. glad you came by...blessings~

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  5. "As He empties us…He makes room for His Grace to fill us…" this, my friend is so comforting to me. He gives and I receive, whatever it is, because in it and through it, HE is the one making the way and filling to the full. Praying you gray quickly, LOL! I so appreciate you. May your weekend be full of family, laughter, and much grace!
    ~Jacque


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    1. Jacque...I have told my family...if they come home and I am totally gray they will know...me like moses met God face to face:) have a wonderfully blessed weekend too~

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  6. I dont know how to abide. Im trying, but I just keep struggling, And the whole grace idea, His grace again anad again, these new mercies, I need them desperately and yet struggle to recieve... He does empty us. He makes room, as you say, that He might fill the void..... thank you for this encouraging post, Ro. Bless you my friend.

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    1. Kris...this hits my heart...oh I have known this too...praying for you my friend...and i am confident of this very thing...He who began this good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ...love to you~

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  7. Oh Ro, you do freely give what has been freely given to you! You are such a grace-full encourager! You know as I write that coined word--grace-full (with two L's instead of one, which I realize, of course, is not proper), I am on my face with awe at the emphasis. God is FULL of grace! He has spilled that grace over onto us from a full heart. He gave us grace not just at the Cross, but grace with which to live, to abide, as you so beautifully suggest. I want to be FULL of grace--*His* grace-- grace to live and grace to give, like you are doing. I understood the depths of my sinfulness when I came to the Cross, begging for God's gift of grace for salvation. But years later, I could not accept His same grace in forgiveness for an abortion which I committed as a brand-new Christian, not really understanding what I was doing. It took 18 years finally to be able to receive God's lavish gift of grace in forgiveness for this heinous sin. God's grace was no less full at that time than when He saved me. The difference was, I wouldn't accept the grace there for the receiving. Wow! It's early and I'm sleepy and had NO idea I would write all that, but that is what grace does, right, Ro? It brings us out of hiding and shame to be washed anew in the grace-giving blood of the Lamb. On a far lighter note, I might disagree with you about that gray. I think there is also grace in a bottle to wash over it!!! :-) Love you, Ro!
    Lynn

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    1. Lynn...this is just beautiful...I am so very thankful you could receive all the love and grace He has for you...and for each one of us...all our sins...no matter what they are. No hiding...no shame...new creation in Christ...yes indeed. ummm...maybe grace in the bottle can cover a multitude of gracelessness:) love to you lynn...thanks for always giving such thoughtful,beautiful comments~

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  8. But thanks be to God…
    He is faithful…
    As He empties us…
    He makes room for His Grace to fill us…

    Oh He is faithful. And I'm sorry to say I've tested this as I struggle with abiding. Still He offers it to me. To fill me to overflowing. I'd be a fool to not allow Him to make my mess beautiful.

    You always bless me so, Ro! Love your graying slowly comment ;) Hugs to you!

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    1. Nikki...I am so thankful He is faithful...He never tires of wooing us...rescuing us...and bringing us to Him...so we can rest like that weaned child...blessings and abiding to you this weekend~

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  9. I think I see grace pouring from you from my screen. But it is a journey, isn't it? I believe you are doing well.
    And I'm graying, ssshhhh, but I highlight so everyone thinks I'm just blonde :) Forgive me for being deceitful.

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    1. Krisitn...thanks for you kind words...having almost black hair...highlights never would work for me...I always did want to be blond though...ummm maybe now:) blessings to you~

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  10. Isn't it amazing - when we pray for something the trials come. I think it's an indication you're doing just exactly what you're meant to do. He is doing a great work in your heart. You are a lovely, graceful lady.

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    1. your words are a blessing...thanks ...and I am glad you dropped in...blessings~

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  11. I love the concept of journeying with God. Sometimes I imagine God running alongside me as I try to fly a kite, something I have never (believe it or not) mastered. He believes in me and cheers me on. Hadn't thought of this for a long time!

    Great to catch you here on FiveMinuteFriday

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    1. Julie... I love that picture...yes...He does cheer us on...always for us...never against us...glad you stopped by today...blessings~

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  12. Ro,

    Nice to meet you, friend. Thanks for stopping by my site, and wrestling along with God wth me, and delighting in choosing marriage, choosing your mate.

    I enjoyed browsing your top two posts here, and learning more about you. Thank you. You said, "if you don't understand God as a God of grace, it is impossible to walk in grace," -- yes. Amen.

    Have a good week,

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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    1. Jennifer...thanks for stopping in...have a great weekend~

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