878. Here I sit with my port hooked up to my infusion of Herceptin at the Cancer Institute. After today, I have just two more to go, hooray the end of this chapter in my treatment plan is in sight for June! Then I’ll just have my 5 years of an oral hormone blocker left as long as I remain cancer-free. I am thanking God that as far as I know I’m doing terrific and responding very well to cancer treatment. Cancer can be sneaky and tricky and doesn’t play fair and yet in the face of uncertainty and the unknown future I keep coming back to just WHO is in charge around here: GOD! He is teaching my heart to snuggle up in His love and rest and trust.
879. I like this illustration in Living the Praying Life”:
“When Jennifer picked up her toddler son, Stinson, from pre-school, he came out holding onto a red helium–filled balloon.
She warned him not to let go of the balloon or it would go up into the sky.
She turned away for a moment, and when she turned back there was Stinson’s red balloon floating up into the sky.
Oh, I’m sorry you lost your balloon Stinson”, Jennifer said to him.
“I didn’t lose it, Mommy! I gave it to Jesus!” he replied.
The person who is living a praying life learns that nothing you give to Jesus is lost.
Giving the thing you love best to the One you love most is what brings exuberant joy, the hallmark of a praying life.
Do you have any red balloons you are clutching?
Is there anything you need to give to Jesus – just because you love Him?
Let go and experience His joy.”
To One Another
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.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:16 (NIV)
*Grace is powerful beyond our imagination. It is the most amazing act of grace in all of history. It compelled the King of Heaven to become a man and die a terrible death on behalf of the human race.
*Grace is water for the thirsty, food for the starving, a helping hand for the weak, tender compassion for the sick and shelter for the homeless. The gift of God’s grace is the single greatest gift we can offer a pain-wracked world.
*Grace is God’s love in action. The expression of God’s grace is the most precious commodity in all of creation. It Makes God’s love real to even the hardest, most wretched, wounded and hopeless heart.
*Grace isn’t shocked by the depth of human brokenness or sinfulness. It doesn’t turn away in disgust or judgment from the sinner or the soul in pain. Instead it embraces the one made in the image of God no matter how marred the image may be.
*Grace does not excuse wrongdoing. It does not excuse sin. Instead, it chooses to love the sinner.
*Grace doesn’t judge or condemn. It knows that all people are broken and in need of mending so it does not presume that one is better than the other.
*Grace places no expectations on its recipients. It is given freely – no strings attached.
*Grace embraces us right where we are. It doesn’t sit on the sidelines awaiting our arrival at an acceptable position before it is given.
*Grace takes the high road in human relationships. It chooses to reach out rather than to rather than to retaliate. It chooses to forgive, accept and embrace rather than turn away in anger, contempt or indifference.
*Grace is gentle and unassuming. It creates a safe place for the wounded and downtrodden to uncover their wounds so that they can be healed.
*Grace has no limits. We need only ask God to provide it. He never tires of our requests because He knows our need. Because we know …
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
MATTHEW 11:40 (NIV)
‘Truly I tell you,
MATTHEW 25:40 (NIV)