THE WEEKEND WORD

WEEKLY WORD | Were It Not for Grace

April 5, 2015

And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that, because you have enough of everything, in every way, at all times, you will overflow in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

Women's Devotional for Resurrection Day // Were It Not For Grace | The Feisty House

Today is Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate God’s gift of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross and His return to life. Today we should also celebrate the gift of grace. Because of Christ’s death, all of humankind experiences God’s grace in one way or another.

The best way I’ve ever heard someone explain grace is, it’s what happens to you when you’re guilty of a crime, but then someone drops all charges. It’s knowing that you deserve some sort of repercussion for your actions, and yet there are none. That is grace. Every single day, ALL of us receive God’s grace in that we’re able to live our lives and make our own choices, including whether or not we even want to follow God’s will for us. Can you believe that? The God who created each and every one of us allows us to decide whether or not we want to believe in Him. That is grace.

Grace is the free, unmerited (meaning there’s no way for us to earn it) favor of God. He gives us a break even though we don’t deserve it. And depending on what we intend to do with that grace, God chooses to give us even more. Like in the verse above: God will make sure you have all the grace you need in order to sustain the activities that will allow you do do good things.

Think about what that means for you. Do you want to improve your marriage? God will give you all the grace you need in order to do that good thing. Worried about how to raise your kids? Again, God will give you all the grace you need in order to do just that. Do you want to start a ministry? Do you own your own business? Do you want to volunteer, but you just can’t seem to find the time? Well, if your goal is to do a good thing, then God said His grace will be sufficient—it will be the only thing you need in order to reach  your goals—even when you don’t have the strength, or the knowledge, or the money to get it all done. What an amazing promise!

My family and I spent Saturday afternoon talking about grace, and I needed the reminder. I feel so energized today knowing that all the things I want to accomplish, all the ways I plan to improve people’s lives, I’ll be able to get them done by God’s grace. I know that doesn’t mean it will be easy, but I’m blessed enough knowing it will be possible.

If you’re hoping to do a good thing this year, or in five years, or whenever, please leave it in the comments, and let’s pray for each other, that we’ll remember to ask God for his grace when we feel weak, and remember to show grace to others. We’re all in this together!
XO

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  • Melissa Kimble

    LOVE this SO much! In rediscovering my purpose (nod to last week’s weekly word) I realized just how much I want to help people through my work and the blog is just a stepping stone to that. I definitely want to work for myself full time one day but I love this space I’m in of learning and building myself up from the inside out. So many people like you inspire me, I really want to share that with the world.

    • I’m just sitting here WAITING to see what you end up doing in the space that you’re making for yourself and others. I’m excited for you, and I’ll continue to pray for you!

  • Britney

    My goal is to sit for the NY bar exam in July (of this year), pass on the first try, and move to NY (from IL) by the end of the year as a practicing attorney . This is my prayer. Awesome post !

  • Nicole Robinson

    Hey hun! Thanks so much for your devotional post again. I have followed you for a while and it’s great to see your progress. I am praying for guidance in a career path. I have a master’s in general psychology but I have to be licensed to counsel. I married my high school sweetheart, we just had a son this past December and the only thing missing in my American Dream is the career of helping others. I’ve thought about life coaching, however I don’t know where to start. I Was also diagnosed with MS and I spread awareness all the time. So, I have a lot of things on my prayer list. Thanks for the prayers and I will keep you and Q in prayer as well.
    Nikki aka svrbrownsuga

  • Deola Bee

    Hi K! I am so happy you started these weekly word posts again, this is the series that made me an avid reader of your blog, even though, I love every other post. I really want to get back to that place in my life where I feel like I am on the right track with God, I have strayed a lot in the past couple of months but I know it is never too late. I also want to grow my blog into a brand/business and I have a few projects I want to put out in the coming months. Thank you for this Krystal, I feel like I am finally talking about I feel.

    • HI Deola! You’re 110% right-it’s NEVER too late to get back on track with God. I’ll definitely pray for your spiritual progress. And I’m excited that you’re looking to move from blog to business! I’ll be praying for you about that too!

  • I love that you are bringing these posts back. I’m currently on a “spiritual journey” so these are very insightful. Have you always been a “religious person”?

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts, Fatima!

      Yes, I grew up in a religious family, and I’ve been blessed to have learned about the Lord at an early age. Being a Christian was a huge part of EVERYTHING wed did when I was younger. I think as I’ve grown up, especially in the past few years, I’ve come to see just how large of a role God has played in my life and how FAR He’s brought me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without God leading. My life hasn’t been perfect, but God has been there to deliver me when things just got too hard.

      Right now, my relationship with God is still a journey, just like yours, and I’m eager to see where He leads me (and my husband) next. I’ll be praying that God makes things clear for you as you continue on your journey too!

  • Su

    YESSS!!! Grace indeed. That’s been my mantra for the past two years. His grace is overflowing and in abundance. We just have to find it in our hearts to receive it and let Him set our destiny into motion. I have such a great testimony, and I don’t believe it’s quite done yet. I can’t wait to share with the world (someday soon), and I’m very happy to see the weekly word series is back! Kudos.

  • You’re welcome, Grace. It was my pleasure and such a blessing to pray for you, your business, and you family.

  • This was so timely for me! There are so many things I want to do, that I am praying to God to see if they are a part of HIS journey for me. This year I really want to work on my relationships – with God, my family, my friends, my boyfriend – and to just know that all the “stuff” I am filing my time with, will bring glory to Him. Thank you for this!xo

    • I’m with you, Cristine, especially on that relationships piece. I don’t want to ever get too busy for the people I love! I’ll be praying for us both =)

  • Created Well

    I definitely need to be reminded of this as pursuing my passion for writing is what I’m in the midst of doing. It’s so easy to be busy writing, reading, learning, etc., that I focus on the gift rather than the One Who has given me the gift AND the opportunity. When I remember how desperate I am for His grace, even when I don’t feel desperate, making time to connect with and devote my self to Christ daily becomes priority. Not just so I can do the work well, but because I don’t want the work to become an idol, replacing the Lord. Thank you for this reminder! Blessings to you sweet sister!

  • Oh, Hellen. Your comment was really touching. I’m so glad God led you to what He needed you to read. That’s amazing! And you’re right, grace is there to do even the things we’re afraid of…something for me to remember too!