Sunday, March 1, 2009

Matchless Grace

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 9:42 PM
Do you ever have a grumpy day? I know some people who make grumpy a way of life. For most of us grumpy is just a mood that occasionally happens, and generally is associated with something going on around us. I have to admit that it is truly a rare occasion for me to be grumpy. I t happens a little more frequently when I'm pregnant, but still not too frequently. I'm more prone to have down days than grumpy ones, but yesterday the grumpy grouchies had fully invaded.

Nothing really was going on to cause it. I'd had an overall good week - I'd felt good, gotten lots accomplished, and had a good doctor's visit. There was a lot I wanted to get done before having guests that evening, but my mother-in-law had whisked the kids away for the day and I could work uninterrupted. Yet, I was grumpy.Fortunately there wasn't anyone to really interact with most of the day and I had plenty to keep me busy. Thorughout the day I continued to put a break on my grumpy, negative thoughts by redirecting them and praying for a new attitude and Godly thoughts. Although I never experienced a dramatic mood change, I continued to plug on through the day. The housework got done, our company came, we had a lovely evening, and I got a good night's sleep.

As I went about my routine this morning I kept catching myself humming. This is not unusual, but the fact that there were no words in my head along with the tune was. Then suddenly the words came: "Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me. Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame, O magnify the precious Name of Jesus. Praise His Name!" (okay, not every single word came, I looked up the lyrics for the exact words - but there were enough for me to know what song it was.) The prominent words that came were "the matchless grace of Jesus."

It was a new day. I had a new attitude. And I was having Godly thoughts. God was faithful, once again. And He also reminded me of His matchless grace. What a blessing!

Throughout the day I continued to think about and process all this and God revealed something else to me. We weren't just hosting any guests, we were hosting a couple who are in training to be missionaries and will be out in the field in just over two months. They are actively doing the work of God and we were doing His work by blessing them. So there was a reason for me to be grumpy - the devil was trying to steal our blessing. But because I relyed on God instead of myself, the theif and liar was unable to so. And not just that, but I got a double portion of blessing through seeing God work in me. His grace is truly matchess, all sufficient for me, and I will magnify His precious name!

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Matchless Grace

Do you ever have a grumpy day? I know some people who make grumpy a way of life. For most of us grumpy is just a mood that occasionally happens, and generally is associated with something going on around us. I have to admit that it is truly a rare occasion for me to be grumpy. I t happens a little more frequently when I'm pregnant, but still not too frequently. I'm more prone to have down days than grumpy ones, but yesterday the grumpy grouchies had fully invaded.

Nothing really was going on to cause it. I'd had an overall good week - I'd felt good, gotten lots accomplished, and had a good doctor's visit. There was a lot I wanted to get done before having guests that evening, but my mother-in-law had whisked the kids away for the day and I could work uninterrupted. Yet, I was grumpy.Fortunately there wasn't anyone to really interact with most of the day and I had plenty to keep me busy. Thorughout the day I continued to put a break on my grumpy, negative thoughts by redirecting them and praying for a new attitude and Godly thoughts. Although I never experienced a dramatic mood change, I continued to plug on through the day. The housework got done, our company came, we had a lovely evening, and I got a good night's sleep.

As I went about my routine this morning I kept catching myself humming. This is not unusual, but the fact that there were no words in my head along with the tune was. Then suddenly the words came: "Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me. Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame, O magnify the precious Name of Jesus. Praise His Name!" (okay, not every single word came, I looked up the lyrics for the exact words - but there were enough for me to know what song it was.) The prominent words that came were "the matchless grace of Jesus."

It was a new day. I had a new attitude. And I was having Godly thoughts. God was faithful, once again. And He also reminded me of His matchless grace. What a blessing!

Throughout the day I continued to think about and process all this and God revealed something else to me. We weren't just hosting any guests, we were hosting a couple who are in training to be missionaries and will be out in the field in just over two months. They are actively doing the work of God and we were doing His work by blessing them. So there was a reason for me to be grumpy - the devil was trying to steal our blessing. But because I relyed on God instead of myself, the theif and liar was unable to so. And not just that, but I got a double portion of blessing through seeing God work in me. His grace is truly matchess, all sufficient for me, and I will magnify His precious name!

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