Grace is a free, unmerited gift from God.
Grace is the love and mercy of God, freely given to us by God because HE desires for us to have it. He is giving you and me a gift. Not because we’ve earned it, but simply because HE wants us to have it.
Being filled with His grace is the first step in our victory. It is His grace that leads you and me to victory in this moment. Sometimes there are big victories, like when we overcome a pattern of negative self-talk, unhook ourselves from a lie the enemy had us believing, freedom from an addiction, etc. These are amazing and praise-worthy.
Our ask of you through this Lenten study is to be on the lookout every day for the seemingly small victories. And our ‘yardstick’ for measuring these small victories will be the fruit of the Spirit. Notice how His grace enables you to remain loving and patient in a frustrating conversation with your teen. Notice your joy-filled heart at random moments throughout the day. Notice the peace you are experiencing right now. These too are victories to be acknowledged and celebrated!
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. – John 15:8
The scripture verses for this week’s study come from the second reading on Ash Wednesday:
Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:
In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.
Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
– 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Listen to Laura & De reflect on today’s topic:
In this week’s recording, Laura and De spoke about receiving as a verb, an action we take. God is showering His grace upon us perpetually (it’s always available in this moment called NOW). In this week’s expressive art project, we are envisioning ourselves standing – with open-arms and open-hearts – while soaking in His beautiful amazing grace. This project consists of a coloring page and an instruction sheet with a prayer, both of which can be opened and printed using the links below. For best results, print the coloring page on card stock. Other supplies you will need are:
- colored pencils/markers/crayons
- glitter glue or glue and sprinkle glitter
- optional: paint brush or craft stick to spread the glue to make raindrops
Prayer to say while creating your page:
Help me to focus my thoughts on You and Your ever-present shower of grace. May I open myself to Your grace as I relax and enjoy creating a visual reminder of this truth. Thank you, Lord, for Your gift of grace. Amen.