The Lady of Grace

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The Lady of Grace is a poem I wrote in honor of and inspired by

EDITH GRANT.

It is my desire that people know Edith Grant is the Lady of Grace.  I’m sure there are many women that this poem could describe but Edith Grant was my inspiration for writing this poem about her life full of Faith, Truth and Grace.

I was honored and blessed to have Edith as my friend and be a first hand recipient of her grace and love.  This poem was written for and read on her 96th birthday celebration.

The Lady of Grace

Oh the blessings one receives when parents exalt…    the Baby

                                                                                                     the Book, and

                                                                                              the Beautiful One.

There is no greater advantage a child can have than parents

                                                                                                         who Honor Him,

                                                                                                          Serve Him, and

                                                                                                           Love Him.

Oh the Grace a child receives when they are introduced and welcome their parents

                          Closest and best Friend,

                                        Faithful and Loving Companion, and

                                                   Holy and Eternal Savior.

It is from such a magnificent beginning one becomes…    a Lady of Faith,

                                                                                                                       a Lady of Truth, and

                                                                                                                       a Lady of Grace.

A Lady of Faith begins when one is a young girl.  A girl who…    Honors her parents

                                                                                                                Honors the Holy Spirit, and

                                                                                         Honors His Word.

A Lady of Truth uses her faith and wisdom to befriend…    the One so trusted,

                                                                                                                         the One so loved , and

                                                                                                                         the One so cherished.

A Lady of Grace listens with her heart and learns about her best friend.

                                                                                          How Great

                                                                                                      How Good and

                                                                                                                 How Gracious He is.

The Lady of Grace learns her best Friend wants to be introduced to…

                                                                   every boy and girl

                                                                                every mom and dad, and

                                                                                             every family and Nation on earth.

The Lady of Grace learns how to commit…

                               her time,

                                        her talent, and

                                                 her treasures so all can hear about her Friend, Jesus.

The Lady of Grace never lets trials,

                                             tests or

                                troubles diminish her passion for her Friend.

The Lady of Grace is a steady flow of compassion, charity and cheer that brings…

                             Faith,

                                                 Hope, and

                                                                              Love to all.

The Lady of Grace chooses to live her life…          absorbed,

                                                                               affected and

                                                             abiding in the favor of God.

The Lady of Faith, Truth and Grace knows she will spend eternity together with her parents, her family and her best Friend because of…    His  Glory

                                                                                                                         His Goodness and

                                                                                                                         His Grace.

The Lady of Grace has accomplished more than she will ever know through…

her Prayers                            her Passion and                       her Presence.

The Lady of Grace has one strong desire, that is

                 to see His smile face-to-face,

                              to look into His loving eyes

                                                  and hear Him say “I am very pleased

                                                                with my Lady of Grace!”

by Mike Sullivan

Note: I have tried several times to correct the lay out of this poem and when I succeed and post the corrections it reverts back to needing to be corrected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Growing Makes God Smile

 

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Today the sun is shining and the rain has stopped and it’s going to dry out a bit.

One can almost watch the plants and trees grow.  God must enjoy watching things grow; baby’s, children, adults, plants, trees, animals, His children, His Kingdom, His ways, His righteousness and His truth.  God must enjoy seeing things become all that they were designed to become.  That being true, I want to become all that He wants me to be.  I want to keep growing in His grace, His goodness and His glory.

Growing in relation to God is being willing to do things and go places I have never gone or been.  Think thoughts I have never thought before.  Trust the truth of scripture and the Spirit who lives within me.

Growing in God is abiding on the Savior Branch of sacrifice, surrender, and saturation.  Growing seems to come naturally when one is attached to the Source of life and the Source of life is in them.  This being true in my life, thank you God for helping me to grow and become all that You need me to become and all that I want to become.

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It’s my desire to keep growing in Gods grace and imagine Him smiling with each degree of progress I make.

Happy Family Gatherings

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Remember as a kid, family gatherings around the holidays were so simple, satisfying and special. 

They were simple because all you had to do was show up and eat.

They were satisfying because the food was cooked to perfection.

They were special because you were with family and friends.

Now that you’re older you may have to prepare a dish or clean up your house or set the table.

Aunt Gertrude

No family gathering can be described as ‘perfect’ because Aunt Gertrude seems to always be upset about something or someone.

A minor observation that would have gone undetected when you were younger.

Regardless, family gatherings are special because there’s lots of hugging going on, storytelling, and connecting with people you love and cherish.  There’s the sharing of memories and the making of new memories.

This holiday season make a special effort to bless and be a blessing at your family gathering and see if your family gatherings aren’t…

simply the most special and satisfying time you’ve had all year.

The Clearance Bin

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Most people like a great deal and if they’re like me it’s a joy to get something for half price or less.  I buy a lot of books, most of them at Half-Price Book Stores.  Last Friday I happen to stop in at Good Will and found a terrific book that originally sold for $16.99 on sale.

This book would have been a bargain at half price!

I bought it for .15 cents.

I got a great deal.

The book was in the ‘clearance bin’.

I talked with the young worker who was sorting the books and filling the clearance bin and he explained the process they have for all the books they get in.  When the books are on the shelf for a month or so and they don’t sell they get tossed in the ‘clearance bin’.  The ‘clearance bin’ books that don’t sell eventually get thrown in the trash.  I couldn’t help but wonder how many terrific books are tossed in the dumpster.

But alas, I came along and saved this book from utter and certain destruction!

I gave this book value.

I pulled it from the ‘clearance bin’ and said, “you will be mine for all eternity”.

I have a place for you on my bookshelf with all my other books that I treasure.

I will never let you see another ‘clearance bin’.  books on shelf

I have rescued many books but I’m not just talking about books.  I’m remembering the day I was pulled out of the ‘clearance bin’ of life.

I was headed for utter and certain destruction but Jesus reached down and with one touch made me one of His ‘treasures’.

Jesus gave my life value.

Jesus gave me His Spirit.

Jesus set me on higher ground.

The greatest deal I ever received was not a book from the ‘clearance bin’ but a ‘beautiful’ Savior.  A Savior who paid a price that allowed me to know Him in all His love, His complete forgiveness and His perfect peace.

Jesus is a Savior who allows me to help others find the greatest ‘bargain’ anyone can receive.  The price has been paid, it’s up to each of us to freely receive all Jesus has and freely give to others all that we have received.

When you see people who appear to be in the ‘clearance bin’ of life remember:

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What Jesus has done for you He will do for others.

 

 

The “B – Right” Campaign

There are several politicians campaigning for public office.  So I thought it would be a good time to start my own campaign.

The-Campaign

While I was typing the word “BRIGHT” I accidentally put a space between the ‘b’ and ‘right’ (b right).  It gave me the thought “to be bright one needs to be right”.  One could start a campaign and that one could be me.   What a b-right thought.

Sample campaign slogans…

  • B-Right let your thoughts be BRIGHT.
  • Be bright let your thoughts B-Right.
  • How can a person go wrong having B-Right thoughts?
  • B-Right thoughts make me feel B-Righter!

My only snag is I’m not sure what I’m campaigning for.  I could be campaigning for people to be positive thinkers.  A positive thinker would have a lot of B-Right thoughts.

Even as I revel in my “B-Right” campaign I realize the people who like to have  We-Rong thoughts are going to be offended and left out.  I can hear them now…                              “We-Rong thoughts have value too”.                                                                                          “No one can have B-Right thoughts all the time”.                                             “You’re discriminating against the We-Rong thinkers of the world!”

Here’s a B-Right thought, “Change the way you think!”

Allow the Greatest ‘thought changer’ in the world to come into your heart and                 B-Righten up the way you think.  The B-Rightest, Greatest and Most-rightest person who ever lived, died and lives again is Light, Right and Out of Sight and His name is Jesus.

Jesus thank you for B-Rightening up my life by removing my guilt, forgiving my sin and shining in my heart.  You are the B-Rightest encounter I’ve ever experienced.        All the B-Right thinkers of the world need to join this campaign so we can B-Righten up the world one person at a time.

The people who have We-Rong thoughts will discover by faith Jesus can B-Righten, lighten and tighten every thought they have when they let Him shine His light on their heart, mind and soul.

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I have decided I’m campaigning for people to invite, surrender and B-Righten up their life by trusting Jesus with all their thoughts, dreams and desires.  All the We-Rong thinkers of the world ‘watch out’ because the B-Right thinkers are roaming around B-Rightening up their space.  You may ask how will one know if my campaign is working; you will see it on their face.

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A TREASURE to Treasure

We have a TREASURE…

that requires NO WORRY!

that can never be stolen!

that is greater than life!

that exceeds the riches of Solomon!

provided by our Heavenly Father!

purchased by faith in His Son!

that will never rot, rust or wither!

that eliminates ALL worry!

that we will, one day give to the King of Heaven – the Giver of all riches!

that we can give to ALL!

that is better than life!  food!  and clothes!

that makes one endlessly wealthy!

that gave up ALL His wealth so we could have true riches!

that purifies ALL our desires!

that purifies our whole heart!

that we can treasure for ALL eternity!!!

based on Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus the King of Kings whose desire is to crown us

ALL with His riches!

 

 

 

 

 

My Cross

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It is beyond my understanding that GOD LOVES ME!  but that’s what the cross says.

I accept the truth, the statement  GOD LOVES ME!  and the CROSS! is beyond my understanding.

I want to live in His LIBERAL LOVE.

Move and breathe in His GOODNESS.

I want to live life in ONE TRUTH

God is my Father,

Jesus is my Savior and the

Holy Spirit is my Constant Companion.

 

Even if I can’t understand how GOOD He is.

Even if I can’t understand

His GREAT LOVE,

GRACIOUS SACRIFICE and

GLORIOUS SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE.

I will embrace all that I understand and don’t understand.

 

As long as I can STAND by Him,

with Him and

in Him for all eternity,

my limited understanding doesn’t bother me.

I will never fully understand His GRACE,

His FACE or

His SPACE (Spirit).

I do understand enough to give Him my entire life!

I do understand enough to live by faith,

seek His face and

trust His Spirit.

I do understand enough to praise His name,

pray in the Spirit and

dance for joy.

Is it possible the cross we are to carry is His Liberal Love?