Grace Notes Archive
June 26, 2018
PRAY PERSISTENTLY 
A few years ago, the War Room, Prayer is a Powerful Weapon, was an awesome Christian movie that swept through the nation, in hopes of igniting a huge prayer movement across the world. My Bible Study group decided to study the book that was birthed from the movie, The Battle Plan for Prayer, From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies. What growth in our prayer life emerged! After the study ended, I kept the book handy on my nightstand. I use it frequently to target specific prayers, based on Scripture. With suggestions on how to pray for your spouse, children, city, pastor, the harvest, etc., the list helps me target specifics, pray persistently, and keeps me focused. One never knows when diligent and fervent prayers for our grown children are necessary. Recently, my oldest daughter was involved in a four-wheeling accident, which resulted in her being thrown off. Even though her injuries could have been so much worse, I am grateful the accident resulted in only one fractured rib and three small bones of her lower spine. Recognizing healing needs time and controlling of pain management became her focus. After rallying my prayer warriors, I found myself flipping to the page: “Praying for Your Children.” I have no doubt praying this prayer persistently for years resulted in God’s sovereign hand of protection. My daughter, too, was amazed how quickly God answered her prayer of nausea relief, a meddlesome side effect of strong narcotics. I simply smiled thanking God for being a good, good Father who wants to bless His children…in many, simple ways!
June 4, 2018
After church ended, the informal round table discussion began. I found myself scribbling notes, having difficulty capturing all the comments of the wise lady, who sat across from me. Here is one: “You can’t walk backwards very easily wearing flipflops. Stay focused and move forward.” As written in my memoir, MY LAST LAST NAME IS GRACE, I found myself, at times, fighting off the enemies’ lies and what he wanted me to believe. “Who do you think you are leading a woman’s Bible study with your past and multiple marriages? You really believe Jesus Christ forgave you of all your many sins?” Sometimes I pretended to snap Satan off my (always left) shoulder. Or, I mimicked kicking him away and out of the room. “Get behind me, Satan (Mark 8:33). As a matter of fact, take a hike and don’t come back. I know I am a Daughter of the King and I now live like royalty.” Too often we forget who we are in Christ. We cower to Satan’s lies and belittling. As our pastor stressed earlier, “Get out of the pigpen of poor perception.” We are not created to walk backwards, live our lives looking in a rear-view mirror, or drop our boxing gloves and high-tail it out of the ring. Keep your eyes on Jesus and forward walk.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a (NIV) 

May 26, 2018
For those who have read or are reading my memoir, “MY LAST LAST NAME IS GRACE”, you will recall I have a Scripture verse at the beginning of each chapter and a “Thought of the Day” at the end of each one. I’d like to expound on some of these. Chapter Three’s verse lists II Corinthians 12:9: But he said to me my grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness. Did anyone really think becoming a Christian will lead us down a trouble-free path? This verse holds the answer: You are guaranteed to be insufficient and weak. The obvious question is: How often have you ever felt insufficient and weak? I won’t be cynical to say keep smiling in your valleys or that God will provide you an instant transplantation and plant your feet on a mountain top. But, we may ask God to show us your glory. Recognize we will have pain with our gain, a permanent limp after wrestling with God’s angel, as Jacob had.  Truly understand, while standing on the mountaintop, after drudging through the valley, we grasp God does not walk ahead of us, but He either walks beside us or carries us. Looking back, God’s grace, strength, and power did indeed reside in us. 

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