We meet every other Tuesday, so there really is ample time to finish the 6 days of assignment, but being the procrastinator I am, there is usually a small or more often than not, large chunk of the homework I find myself scrambling to do right up to the time I walk out the door on Tuesday evening.
With that said, I did have a most of my study done this past week, but I had left some to go thru Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday. My plans were derailed by the advent of an EF5 tornado in our area Sunday night, and the resulting clean up and helping out where ever needed. I found myself once again headed out the door Tuesday evening having not completed the study.
Our time was sweet that evening as we discussed grace, and my heart yearned to go back and finish this chapter before moving on to the next.
I've known all along you can't really get the full benefit of this study with out going thru ALL the information, but somehow skipping the tough stuff of Day 5 and the Making It Personal assignment is quite tempting!
Yesterday, I sat down and picked up where I had left off. As I worked thru the verses and answered the questions about grace, God poured out peace and comfort in abundance!
This tornado stuff has been quite draining, and our family didn't even lose anything! There is a large part of me that attempts to lessen the load others are carrying by taking it on myself. The very thought of all our friends and neighbors are dealing with is overwhelming both mentally and emotionally.
But that is where the grace comes in! Grace is God pouring into our lives resources we lack!
Following are various excerpts God used to bring comfort and encouragement to my heart yesterday and today:
..because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in trasgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. In order that.. He might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in His kindness to us.. (Eph 2:4-5 &7 TNIV)