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Is it luck?

luck. lək/. noun

1. success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

“it was just luck that the first kick went in”

synonyms: success, prosperity, good fortune, good luck

“I wish you luck”

verbinformal

1. chance to find or acquire.

“he lucked into a disc-jockey job”

Or is it Grace?

James 1:17New Living Translation (NLT)17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. 
James 4:2 b (NLT) Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

It’s difficult for some to imagine that God would car about our every day lives. 

Matthew 6:26-34 New King James Version (NKJV) 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I feel God often uses others to bring the things we need. When Martha offered to share her home, I thanked God for her and accepted her offer. I was blessed because I needed a home, and she was blessed because her motive was pure. I won’t deprive others of a blessing when they come offering a gift I need by refusing it. 

That’s grace. The Bible tells me so.

Grace and Gifts

I made a decision to move to a one bedroom apartment instead of of an independent group home. I’m not ready for a group home. I’ve lived alone before when I lived in Florida. It’s not my preference, but I’ll push myself to get involved with church and groups that share interests of mine. My introvert side needs a push.

I made another decision to delete my Facebook app. The page offers so little title of what I was looking for, and is a deterrent to my commitment to get active with folks, face to face. My son, Michael, told me it’s not the best way to send messages to my loved ones. I’ll have a better use of my time by working on my writing.

I’m looking for gently used furniture. Martha, my sister, friend and host to me for three years, found a lovely bedroom suite that he’s giving to me! Some would say luck, but she and l think that God provided a lovely gift when my need is apparent and my funds are tight. Another grace gift, the complex where I’m moving is gated, beautiful and offered a lovely move in special for Nick and me. Cumberland Ridge provide security for each apartment. I feel safe and snug in my small space.


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Wait, I Know This

My Life

I’m blessed
Not on my merit
But the grace of God
It’s free – share it

It’s a good thing for a sinner such as I to know I can depend on God’s infinite grace. I’m standing with God behind me. “Trust Me. Come on, fall now,” He says. Will I fall?

trust

Obviously

No one can see
Secrets show in my eyes
No one knows
I don’t think gossip flies

Who am I fooling
No one but me
Who do I deceive
No one but me

What I do in secret is something that I know I shouldn’t do. I might think it’s secret, but many friends suspect or know. Last and most important, I can’t hide from God. Have I put a barrier between me and Abba?hide

From the Inside Out

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Joel Houston wrote Hillsong. His family is founding members of Hillside Church in Australia.

The song is about how we fail God many times, but His grace is enough. We are allowed to exercise our free will to make the decision to accept His grace and plan. Our praise begins inside until we cry out loud with praise for God. Only he is worthy.

 

Meredith’s Prayer

Oh God Almighty I approach the throne of grace

Repentance on my lips so we can communicate

I am a sinner saved by grace 

I claim your promise to hear and forgive

I’m broken, sad and full of fear

Unworthy of your ear

You told me in your Word that you have a plan

I believe these times of stress,  your plan is still supreme

Here are the worries of the day

I give them to you

Then I’ll be free to claim the victory

To live my life as you have shaped in eternity past

Confident in the future because I’m at rest

 Held in the confines of your palm

Your protection is supreme

I’m grateful for your  enduring love

For all that you have for me

I accept the fire

Confident that on the other side

I’ll emerge a fine silver

Worthy of your best

Sunday’s Singing Soul

Edward Mote  1797 – 1877

I was born in poverty to unbeliever who wouldn’t allow a Bible in our home. In London the Great Awakening made it possible for me to hear the gospel to make the decision to follow Christ. By trade I’m a carpenter, and a very skilled one. I’m owner of a busy cabinetry shop. As I work I contemplate God’s great grace towards me. That gracious experience caused me to write a hymn.

The next Sunday I met brother King and was asked to call on his wife who was ill. It was in their home I first read the words to my hymn. Because the words so comforted the dying wife I decided to print a thousand copies to be distributed to others.

It’s by his grace when I was 55 I could give up my carpentry business to be minister to the Baptist Church in Horsham, Sussex. I resigned in 1873 because of poor health. I parted with these words:

“I think I am going to heaven; yes, I am nearing the port. The truths I have preached, I am now living upon and they’ll do very well to die upon. Ah! The precious blood.”

Here are my words with the addition of a verse that has been omitted from some hymnals.

  1. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
    • Refrain: On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
  2. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.
  3. His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
  4. When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.
  5. I trust His righteous character;

The missing verse:

His council, promise, and His power; His honor and His Name’s at stake; To save me from the burning lake; On Christ, the solid rock, I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.

 

 

Sunday’s Singing Soul

 

john-and-charles-wesley Charles and John Wesley set sail from London for the colony of Georgia in America, full of anticipation of sharing the gospel in America. They had developed a plan, a method of rising early and strict Bible study. Little did they know they were doomed to failure? Both were ordained ministers steeped in legalism. They returned home disappointed.

 

Back in London the brothers met Peter Bohler, a Moravian, and George Whitefield, a preacher who reached millions on two continents. The teaching and encouragement of these 2 men, along with Martin Luther’s book on Galatians brought the brother’s to the realization that they could never work to earn salvation. It was a wonderful relief for the brother’s, along with anyone else who hears and believes, to experience the joy  of surrender to the Christ, the one who is able to do more for us than we can ask.

Charles is credited with over 5,000 hymns. My favorite, Amazing Love, was written shortly after his new faith.