Yesterday, Ron and I celebrated 35 years together. I can’t believe he’s put up with my need to change life courses every 10 years. My 20’s were all about raising kids, the 30’s found me teaching school, children’s ministry grabbed my attention in my 40’s, and now my 50’s are all about writing and speaking. We’re both wondering what the 60’s will bring!! I think I might have an attention problem, so I’m sure he’s a bit concerned. But, what I love about him is that he’s almost as excited about my next speaking opportunity as I am. Pray that a work issue doesn’t interfere with him getting to go.
Sunday, Lord willing we will be traveling to Nashville to the campus of Lipscomb University for their annual Summer Celebration. I’m excited about seeing some of the new friends I made last year and meeting some new ones. I also have the amazing opportunity to speak on Monday and Tuesday at 3:00, so I would very much like your prayers for safe travel and for the Holy Spirit to help me effectively deliver what I feel He’s placed on my heart. AND I sure wouldn’t mind a few extra prayers for keeping me focused as I finish preparing.
Here’s just a small snippet of what I’ve included in Monday afternoon’s message: Generations of Heroes: Freedom for All Ages. Hope you have a great week full of grace and love!
One of the most gracious things my mother ever said to me came after the news of another teenage girl’s parents kicking her out of the house because she had gotten pregnant. I’ll never forget my mom’s words. She said, “Well, I just want you to know if that should ever happen to you, I might be disappointed, but I’d still love you and we would work it out.” Not only did that confirm my mom’s love for me, but it taught me a lot about grace. Knowing I would still be loved and accepted didn’t make me want to run out and get pregnant. Just the opposite. It encouraged me to honor my mother’s love by trying not to disappoint her.
Accepting grace doesn’t free us to sin, it frees us from sin. Grace powerfully woos us like nothing else into becoming God-honoring women who are obedient, self-controlled, thankful, and eager to share the gospel of Jesus. Paul, the self-proclaimed “worst of all sinners”, had much to say about the magnetic pull of grace that produces a new God-honoring life.
In Titus 2 Paul says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Romans 1:5 says, “Through [Jesus Christ] we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.”
2 Thessalonians 2 says, “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul says, “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have the same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
Grace woos us to freedom. Freedom creates thankfulness, and thankfulness allows us to love.
Thanks be to God for His amazing grace and infinite love!