Studying Grace, Part II

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Sometimes when we gift people it’s because of an event or situation happening in their lives like: getting well, congratulations on a new baby or graduation, thank you note/card for a job well done, perhaps it’s the holidays. We gift for birthdays, retirements, homecomings, housewarmings, parties and all this type of gifting is because of something that has occurred. And, sometimes we send a card to a loved one just because we’re thinking about them…however, God’s grace is different.  

He gifts us when He is the furthest from our minds. He gifted us His son Jesus so that through Jesus, we would have contact with The Father and be saved from our sins. It is called unmerited favor, meaning He gave us the greatest gift of all when we didn’t do anything and could NEVER do anything to deserve it. He showed us His love in dying in place of us because there was no way we could atone for our sins. There was no way we could erase our past and suddenly be right again. It baffles my mind because that kind of love is hard to fathom. We love people, but God’s love extends so much farther than we’re capable of.   

I was at the store yesterday looking for some kind of bag that I could carry my crochet/knit projects in when I’m traveling with hubby. I like to crochet or loom knit while we’re on way somewhere. I needed a bag that was waterproof plus zipped and I was hoping for a bag with multiple compartments in the price range of $10. Uh…yeah right?

Well, no luck at the main store in town so we went to a couple of other stores, they either had bags that weren’t as nice looking for me as I had wanted. I wasn’t trying to be picky, but I just wanted a more feminine type bag. Well, we went to the last store on the list that runs on donations and it’s great, because you can get anything there from clothing to appliances to furniture for very inexpensive prices. We’ve bought much from them, but I wasn’t sure we’d find an appropriate bag for me. We looked through the aisles and nothing. Then we went down another aisle and we saw more bags hanging from the wall.

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Hubby picked up a backpack that was light pink and black, if you know me then you know pink is my absolute favorite color in the whole wide world! And, it was my favorite shade of pink, a light pastel shade. It had several compartments and was in pretty good condition. I even found pink sunglasses that looked like they were meant to go together. The price was $5 with 50% off! I got the bag and the sunglasses for $2.50! But that doesn’t end the story…  

Hubby washed the bag this morning as we were preparing to go out. Once dried, I was packing my yarn and iPad in it when I noticed that the case I have for my iPad keyboard is the exact color of my new bag! You would have thought it came with it! How cool is that?

God gave me favor and found me the bag that I wanted in the color scheme I wanted, matching sunglasses, the iPad keyboard case and even my crafting shears which I had gotten awhile back, are also pink and black. Amazing how God knows my heart’s desire and favored me. He knows how I like matching things! Grace is amazing and that’s why we called the song, Amazing Grace. With God, He opens our eyes to see Him for who He really is.

Grace is so much more than just salvation although that is the most important thing…but I’m also learning that grace extends to our everyday life after we give our heart to Jesus. Amazing!

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.