“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 English Standard Version
This morning was one of those when I woke up wondering what day it was? In my experience that is never a good sign! Especially when it happens on a Friday. When I was working it didn’t happen very often, yet these days it tends to be more common since having a routine hasn’t been routine!
The exciting thing that occurred this past week was beginning the Grace in Process Group. I don’t know why it had never occurred to me that a group could be a great way to be in contact with everyone who reads the Grace in Process blog. It started simply enough. I saw an ad on the Facebook page suggesting it was quite easy to start a group. They were right, imagine that! The overwhelming part was the response from everyone invited, they accepted. I was even more surprised when several of those I’d invited also invited their friends! The result is that in just over a week the group has 338 members and is still growing.
My vision for the group is as a place where we can give each other encouragement and exchange ideas on God’s Grace. Everyone is welcome to seek help, ask for prayer, celebrate, grieve, and ask questions. And we can all know we are together in something bigger than we could ever imagine. We have the privilege of celebrating Grace in amazing ways which will never cease to surprise and delight us. This is the purpose of the group as we face our day to day challenges with mutual knowledge we are never alone.
There are times when the pressure of feeling alone is too much to bear. We look around only to discover we are all alone when we need friends the most. In the those moments we feel we are facing life on our own. We may think we have no standing, no purpose, nothing to focus our energies on, or too much to focus our energies on! This is where we find our feelings lie to us the most. We end up feeling exhausted, useless, worthless, depressed, exhausted, and the cycle continues.
Too often people are missing friends who care enough to help carry the burdens of life. Jesus invites everyone who is weary and over burdened to come to Him. Why? Jesus tells us the reason to come to Him when we are in this state of affairs is because He will give us rest. He calls the weary to come be yoked to him, to learn from Him because He is gentle and humble, and it is with Him our souls will find rest. All of this because His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
Rest, a four letter word! We each need rest in abundance, yet receive very little of what we need! In our society those who sacrifice everything, marriage, friendships, their children, etc., for their work are hailed as heroes even as they lose their families, their health, joy, happiness, and everything that is important to them.
Jesus calls us to learn from Him. Why? Because He is gentle and humble, the best of teachers. Trying to learn from someone who is not gentle can be a nightmare of the worse kind.
Jesus also tells us He is humble when mentioning our need to learn from Him. It is so much easier to learn from someone who doesn’t believe they are All That! Have you ever noticed when someone really knows what they are doing they are often extremely humble? They have nothing to prove making them excellent teachers. Remember, it was said of Jesus that He taught as One who had authority, not like the Pharisees!
As we find ourselves settling into this daily relationship of experiencing Jesus, our souls discover the rest they need. It is a rest that can only be found when we are bound together with Jesus. All of this is ours because Jesus makes it possible, and it is our reality when we accept what Jesus offers us. We’ll still have those days, those moments, those weeks—you get the drift—times when we struggle, only in Jesus we won’t be alone. He’s with us and everyone He gives us is with us, too. Jesus with skin on, that’s what the Body of Christ is all about, it’s what the Grace in Process group is also about! It is a group, a community that is becoming a family of (and here is my newly made up, freshly coined name) Gracers!
I am so pleased at how many have already joined. Now all that remains is for me to invite all you who read the Grace in Process blog, but may not be on our list of those who have ‘Liked” the blog of Facebook, to come and join us as we travel into the adventure that lasts an Eternity.
As always, it is our prayer that you all are blessed by the blog and the group. It is our purpose to glorify God and His immense gift of grace. In seeking to do be a conduit of God’s love, it is our privilege to share once more the incredible story of our God who chose death over living without us!
Now that is Grace magnified, reflecting the passion and intimacy of the Creator for His Children. Who are His children? I’m glad you asked, they are every soul that has been conceived by the mind of the Creator God, each special in their own way. As you enter this week-end take some time to ponder the Love God has shown while you and I were yet sinners. Jesus took what was ours with Him and left with us all that was His! For me this means one thing, it was truly and still is the most Amazing Grace!
“For my concern is that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, which is Christ the Anointed One.” Colossians 2:2 Amplified Bible
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