John Samuel was counting to me in Spanish this morning and he said, "Uno, Dos, Grace." I barely heard it. He can always make me smile. His counting reminded me of something we've been learning in our Bible time.
We've been reading in the book of Acts during our morning Bible time and the other day we read Acts chapter 6. We got to the end of the chapter and there was a little verse that just jumped out at us. It was verse 8. It said that Stephen was a "man full of God's grace and power." As we talked it out, we realized that the combination of grace and power was just what we needed each day. Grace to forgive. Grace to allow the other person to go first. Grace to be kind. Power to forgive. Power to allow the other person to go first. Power to be kind. Sometimes I've got the grace and I need the power to put it into action. Some times I have the power but the grace allows what I do to be done in love. The next chapter of Acts sees Stephen getting stoned for his faith. He was able to forgive those who stoned him because of God's grace and power in his life. As he is being pummeled he says, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Acts 7:60. Wow. That is real grace and power. So I've been asking God for His grace and power to help me with the things that hit me in life. Compared to Stephen they really are just pebbles, but I still need His grace and power.
Enjoy your day! May it be filled with grace and power.
The picture above is our yard early this morning...it was a gentle reminder to me to let God's grace and power shine into my life.