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We were running late.  He had to make coffee for our church event and he didn't want ladies to be without their coffee.  We pulled up to the church and both jump out ready to get the task we needed done accomplished.

I ran around to his side of the car to give him a quick kiss.  "Thank you so much for your help with this, I love you and don't deserve you."

He laughed.  "I don't deserve you!" he said.  Running ahead I shouted back, "Well we are certainly blessed aren't we?"

We have been married a long time.  33 years in fact and over the years we have both wondered "What did I do to deserve such a loving spouse?"

Ever wondered that too?  Maybe in a marriage or perhaps in something else.  I know I have ask that same question of my relationship with God.  "Lord, I don't deserve this, I don't deserve your grace....."

This might be a news flash for you.  We don't deserve "it", meaning God's grace.  We don't.  We didn't do anything to get God's grace.  There was no test, no action required on our part at all.  We don't deserve God's love.

But oh how he lavishes it on us, blessing us beyond our wildest dreams.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is

not from yourselves, it is a gift from God Ephesians 2:8

 

Yes, he does love you that much.  And all we have to do is accept this gift.  Don't question it, just accept.

I am so thankful God saw fit to partner me with my husband.  He is a caring, thoughtful man who remembers everything!  We balance each other out so well.  He keeps me on task and I remind him to have fun.

My life is not perfect.   The threat of cancer hovers over us, reminding us how fragile life really is.  Financial worries have caused us to call out to God for help.  No, life is definitely not rosy, but it's a blessed life.

I think we will be old and gray and look at each other and marvel at how God gave us each other and possibly think 'I don't deserve you.'  But we are so thankful God choose us to be together.

I don't deserve it, but I'm sure thankful for the gift of grace.

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?

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I have the privilege of working at a church.  It is a vibrant and growing church and I love the people there.  Our church is old in years but our building is relatively new.  As our church began to grow we knew we needed to move.  Our old building was land locked and there was no where else to go on our current property.  Our wise leadership team began looking and prayerfully and thoughtfully purchased land where our current building now sits.  This was an exciting time for our church.  There have been times in ministry I have sat back and watch with amazement at how God moves His people.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

I read this passage and I get excited.  This was the beginning, the movement that started the church.  These people not only believed in God, they saw Jesus!  They knew without a doubt that Jesus died on a cross and rose again.  And they were all about doing the work of the church.  And it was amazing.

Like I said I have watch in amazement at how God moves people to do his work.  But today as I reflect on this passage, I'm not surprised at how God moves people.  It's not like I sit there and say "Wow, God, didn't see that one coming!"  I've come to expect amazing.  He is God after all and I love to watch him use people for His Glory.

He moves children to collect cans of food for a food pantry.

He moves families to want to take care of orphans and widows.

He moves young men to minister to those battling addictions.

He moves men and women to teach young children about Him.

He moves hurting people toward Him to be redeemed by His grace.

He's moved me through my own story of hurt and healing to come to Him each and every day and say "Lord, I need you."  He's moved me to share my story.

So I expect amazing.  I'm not surprised by it any longer.  I delight in it.  For such a time as this I get to witness God in amazing ways.  I'm humbled I serve in the capacity He's called me too.

It's an exciting time to be a part of a church.  We as Christians are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  If you are a believer, tell me where is God using you?  If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior may I invite you to find out more?  Look for a local Christian church who can help you start your journey.  Oh and by the way?   Expect amazing!