Grace at home, abroad and in our hearts (Take Five)
Every week, it’s so inspiring to see the wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is shared using the Internet every day. So, every Friday we round up a few of our favorite items – photos, videos, articles, quotes and blog-posts – in the hopes that you will be as encouraged and inspired by them as we are.
This week, we’re looking at God’s grace. We see it in many forms – in community, in changed lives, in our own hearts and in the Holy Spirit’s guiding in our lives. How have you been shaped by grace this week?
Grace Will Lead Us Home
Sometimes, we find grace in unexpected places – like a nine-year-old in a school auditorium: “I wondered how my grown-up self could sit there quiet in the shadow of this little girl with big wisdom.” Check out the rest of the post here.
Where was the last surprising place that you found God’s grace?
Why it’s OK to Cry
Ann Voskamp shares an intimate experience of grace from a recent trip to Haiti. She tells about sitting in a church service and hearing worship that she doesn’t understand, and yet understand more than language alone can give: “I’m settling for some pretty bad lip syncing. I don’t understand a word of it. But the understanding of God can pulse loud and clear in your veins.” Read the rest of the post here.
The Grace to Do Nothing
Sometimes, grace is exhibited best in relationships. In this post, David Fitch shares a relational approach to outreach ministry – maybe a new way to show grace to the poor and needy?
“So, opposed to looking for projects, I offered that maybe what we are supposed to do is the opposite: Do (emphasis on: ”do”) nothing. Instead, our main task is to be “with” people in and around our lives long enough, years maybe, to listen and become friends, partners in life, sufficient to offer who we are and what we have become in Christ in exchange for their friendship and their support and who they are.” Finish reading here.
“I have to continually practice, constantly rehearse, find some determination in the fumbling, and most importantly, give myself grace as I learn.” Find the rest of the post here.
Do you agree? Is it hardest to give yourself grace?
Don’t all these stories of God’s grace make you want to worship Him? Take a moment to do so – listen to this song and thank Him for His grace.
Check out an earlier Take Five post here.