Category Archives: Extending Grace

Monday: Show Grace

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24, ESV

  

As a justice-oriented person, I sometimes struggle with the concept of extending grace. When something happens to me that I consider unjust, I get angry….

 

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To Be Forgiven

I recently came across this essay by Henri Nouwen. I could say so many things to preface it, but I’ll simply say that I felt it was important enough to post in its entirety here. Whether you’re a parent, a child, or both, I hope it meets a need for you.

To Be Forgiven
From: Here and Now: Living in the Spirit by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Copyright 1994, The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, NY

“Many of us not only have parents but also are parents. This simple truth is quite sobering because it is not unlikely that our own children will spend quite a lot of time talking to their friends, counselors, psychiatrists, and priests about us! And we tried so hard not to make the same mistakes our parents made! Still, it is quite possible that, while we may be more tolerant than our fathers or mothers, our children may be complaining that we weren’t strict enough! And it is not unthinkable that, while we were making sure that our children were free to choose their own lifestyle, religion, or career, they may be talking about us as weak characters not daring to give concrete direction!

The tragedy of our lives is that, while we suffer from the wounds afflicted on us by those who love us, we cannot avoid wounding those we want to love. We so much want to love well, to care well, to understand well, but before we grow old someone will say to us, “You weren’t there for me when I most needed you; you didn’t care about what I was doing or thinking; you didn’t understand or even try to understand me.” As we hear these remarks or feel the criticisms of those we love, we come to the painful realization that—as we had to leave our father and mother, brother and sisters—they too have to leave us and find their own freedom. It is very painful to see those for whom we have given our life leave us, often in directions that fill us with fear.

It is here that we are called to believe deeply in the truth that all fatherhood and all motherhood come from God. Only God is the father and mother who can love us as we need and want to be loved. This belief, when strongly held, can free us, not only to forgive our parents, but also to let our children forgive us.”

Does this strike a chord with you as well? Do you agree with Nouwen’s essay?

Photo by Allison K. Flexer.

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God’s Redeeming Grace

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Luke 7:47-48 ESV

God must be exasperated with me. I can imagine Him saying, How many times must I forgive this woman? That is certainly how my human nature reacts when I must forgive someone over and over. However, God does not react that way…Click here to continue reading at Christian Devotions.us

P.S. I know it’s been a long blog hiatus. Trust me, it was needed…hope to be back very soon! In the meantime, I’m going to share some links to my writing that have been posted elsewhere over the past month. So thankful to these ministries for publishing my work!

Content Copyright 2011. Allison @ Anointed With Grace.

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By Grace Alone — Review and Giveaway

By the grace of God, I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10

This beautiful verse is printed on the back of the necklace in the By Grace Alone Jewelry Set sent to me by DaySpring and (in)courage.

Isn’t the whole set beautiful? It includes the necklace, a cuff bracelet, and drop earrings. You can buy the set at DaySpring here, and it’s currently on sale. Or if you prefer, it’s also sold by individual piece. While you’re there, check out their other great products (hint: think Easter gifts!)

I love the theme of the jewelry: “By Grace Alone.” As you know, I write about grace a lot on this blog. It’s so meaningful for me to have this jewelry—especially during this Easter season—to remind me of God’s grace. It’s by grace alone that we live each day and we can be in a daily relationship with Jesus. Sometimes I need to be reminded that it’s not about me. I am held by God solely because of his grace.

I wore the necklace this weekend and received so many compliments. And I have great news for you . . . my ears aren’t pierced. I know, it’s crazy. But there was an episode when I was 10 years old that involved doctors and infection. Anyway, why is this great news for you? Because I’m hosting my first giveaway here on Anointed With Grace! I’m giving away the earrings from this jewelry set to one person who comments on this post.

To enter the giveaway for a chance to win the beautiful earrings above, please leave a comment on this post and include a favorite Easter memory (or your plans for Easter this year). The contest will remain open until next Tuesday, April 19, at noon CDT. I will use random number generator to pick the winner. Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so I can contact you.

I can’t wait to read all of your comments!

Edited to Add: If you decide to shop at DaySpring, use this link and enter the coupon code to receive free shipping on purchases over $25: Receive free shipping on $25+ order. Coupon code: shipping25 through 06/09/2011

Disclosure: I was provided this jewelry free of charge to review by DaySpring. I am also an affiliate of DaySpring. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, and all opinions expressed in this post are fully my own.

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