April 30, 2012

Day 30: Interrupted by the End

Here we are, friends.  April 30.  The final post in this month's series: interrupted by grace.

If I had to give the month a theme (for me), I'd say it had something to do with being set free.  Beginning each day with the perspective and expectation that God will "show up" and wants to interact with me on the basis of grace, releases me from the need to perform perfectly, cling to control, or live by fear.  My pride has been eroded a little more this month.  My faith has been built up.

In the midst of our days, God is there.  When we sin, His Spirit whispers conviction that we might repent, availing ourselves of His grace.  When the day is challenging, His Spirit whispers encouragement that we might continue on with hope by His grace.  When the day is lovely, His Spirit whispers reminders to be thankful to the gracious Giver of the good gifts.  When we succeed, His Spirit whispers reminders to praise the gracious Provider.  It's all of grace.  All of it.  Neither deserved nor earned, simply given when we believe.

When we belong to Him, His Spirit speaks to us.  Will we open our ears?
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

My prayer is that this month has edified you as well.  What have you learned, been challenged by, or grown in as you've looked for God's grace interruptions?  I'd love to hear from you; please leave a comment!

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I wish I could give you a preview of coming attractions here at Life in the Valley, but I am not yet sure where I'll be going next.  So stay tuned and thank you for following along this April.  Solo Deo Gloria.

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