Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In the last few weeks I have heard of several families who have suffered trials in their marriages. Christian couples who once dedicated their lives to God and to each other are now finding themselves fighting to keep their marriages above water. It has really caused me to be thankful for Daddy, and it has caused me to be even more thankful for the grace of God.
We live a very blessed life. I am blessed to have the love of a godly, good, and humble man. You are blessed to have two parents who not only love each other, but like each other too. You are blessed to have the stability of a strong core unit. We are blessed that we serve at a church where the leader is a godly, good, and humble man. We are blessed to be part of a church family that has accepted us. We are blessed to be part of a community that is perfect for children. We are blessed to be able to come and visit our family who is a mere 4 hours away. We are blessed to have jobs and the financial means to have food, shelter, and even some "wants."
We are blessed. But this thought humbles me. What we have and how we live has NOTHING to do with your dad or my abilities, talents, or efforts. It is all due to the grace of God. But for the grace of God in my life, and in your dad's life, our journeys could have looked so very different. But for the grace of God in our lives, some of our marital disagreements may never have been resolved. But for the grace of God in our lives, unforgiveness would have built unscaleable barriers. But for the grace of God in our lives, some of our ministry situations could have led us away from the church all together, and even our faith. But for the grace of God in our lives, we could have pursued different career paths, and have been out of the perfect will of God. Bascially...But for the grace of God in our lives, our lives would be a mess.
Through every crossroad, through every situation, through every day, the grace of God has led us, protected us, upheld us, and carried us. We owe it all to HIM.