Sunday, 1 September 2013

Amazing grace....

Welcome back to Shine!!!! This month we will be looking at grace - and being thankful for the amazing grace that we find in our lives every day. But what is grace?

Grace has been defined as "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it". It is understood to be a spontaneous gift from God to man - "generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved". 

Now we all know about the grace that God gave us when He sent Jesus to die for our sins - the gift of eternal life and sins forgiven not because of anything we did but because of His great love for us. But how good are we at noticing the everyday gifts of grace that God bestows on us as we go through our busy lives?

This month I want to challenge us to be thankful and notice those things we take for granted and those gifts we are given even though we've done nothing to deserve them. I hope to post a series of pictures as I work at being much more thankful for some of the things I take for granted but which I know God has given us, and I hope it will inspire you to take a look at your life and do the same. 

The more we notice God's grace and His abundant gifts to us and are truly thankful for them, the more we will shine for Him and show His love to those around us. So remember to keep shining....

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