Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Beauty & The Grace Card

Today I am posting a Marriage Monday over at Woman to Woman Ministries.  We are talking about how our husbands rock!  We also have a fabulous giveaway starting today.  Join us!

I love taking my children to the park.  It is one of our favorite things to do.  We play together, go for walks, then mommy sits back and reads as the kids play some more.  It is always a great time.  Autumn is my favorite season.  I love the colors, sound of rustling leaves, and smells.  I love Autumn.  Today, take a moment to get out and enjoy God's beautiful Autumn nature! 

It can be difficult to show grace sometimes.  Someone hurts us so we are bitter towards them.  They are from a different walk of life and we do not understand them.  They stand for something we are against.  They simply live differently than we do.  These things make it hard to show grace sometimes.

But the fact remains that God showed grace to us so how can we not extend it to others?

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God."  Ephesians 2:8

We are all sinners.  We all mess up and fall short of God's glory.  Yet He still extends His grace to us.

We do not always do things the way God wants.  We hurt Him.  And at times we may even stand for something He is against.  But He still extends His grace.

Who are we to hold onto that grace and not share it?

I encourage you, the next time you are at odds with your neighbor, show grace.  The next time the clerk at the store upsets you, show grace.  The next time your in-laws mess up your plans, show grace.  The next time a friend lets you down, show grace.

Here is a beautiful explanation of grace:

I will pray for you daily.  I will ask your forgiveness and grant you the same.  I will be your friend. ~The Grace Card

When grace is needed, offer to pray for the person daily.  Ask their forgiveness and grant them forgiveness.  Be their friend.

Sweet Blessings~

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Review and a giveaway!

Theo - This cute animated movie features Theo, an Englishman and his two mice friends, Belfry and Luther.  Theo knows all about Gods Word and teaches children about Biblical values.  My two youngest kids, though older at 8 and 10, still loved the movie and look forward to seeing more.

The Shunning - The Shunning is a movie taken from Beverly Lewis' book series, The Heritage of Lancaster County.  If you are familiar with Beverly Lewis, her stories are based on the Amish.  The main character, Katie, learns shocking news that will change her life forever.  She has to learn to forgive and follow God's will for her life.  I am a fan of Ms. Lewis and really enjoyed The Shunning.

Grace Card - Tragedy strikes a family and changes their lives.  Years later they are still dealing with this tragedy when God brings two men together on the job.  They are from different backgrounds, different walks of life, and different beliefs.  Will grace be extended?  This movie was excellent!  A very powerful lesson in extending grace, even when it is hard.  This is a movie I will watch again and pass on!

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  1. Hi Jenifer - its so easy to receive grace (ok, maybe not so easy sometimes), but its not so easy to give it. And its a gift given to us. Like you say, who are we to hold onto it. We should be liberal with it.
    God bless

  2. I LOVE the grace card. It's so important to share the grace we've been given with other people. Great post!

  3. Great encouragement, Jenifer. God gives us grace daily, but so often we hold back that grace from others. Freely we have received, so we are to give freely. I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds like something I should watch.

  4. Grace.... something we forget about in the midst of pain, sometimes.... very timely for me right now, as my bro, missing for 8+ years has resurfaced!! PTL!! Soooo thankful my mother extended grace FIRST.... Something she doesn't always do.... Looking forward to seeing him in a few days and hugging his neck!!

  5. shared link on fb... a great topic...

  6. shared link on twitter... a great read!

  7. I DEFINITELY follow you on fb... have for quite some time1!

  8. He gives me grace and in return I will offer it!

  9. Hi Jenifer,
    I would love to win these movies, I also enjoy Beverly Lewis' writings, she is such a good writer.
    Grace, what a huge subject, what you have written is excellent. I am continually reminded of God's grace in my life and it is continually a challenge to grant that same grace to people around us. Thank you for the reminder. It is my desire to show that same grace every day.
    Hugs, Cindy

  10. I recently felt that way. Persecuted and hurt. But for the first time, I really whole-heartedly prayed for my offenders and it's amazing the strength God brings through it!:)

  11. Grace is easy for us to accept (most of the time) but so hard for us to extend.
    I've heard about the Grace Card and looks like a great movie!

  12. It's so easy sometimes, to forget God's call for us to be graceful when dealing with others, and yet when the tables are turned we look for grace ourselves. This is where we, as followers of Christ need to "set the bar", and show others how He's affected our lives.

    Great post Jenifer!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  13. Thank you so much for that beautiful reminder! We have to remember to not be the servant who goes and beats up someone who owes money to him right after that servant's master forgave him all of his debts!

  14. Amen, Jenifer! Jesus extends radical grace to us...we need to extend that grace to others.


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