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Victorious by His Grace – Ash Wednesday
Victorious by His Grace – Ash Wednesday

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

Scripture

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

Reflection

Receiving God’s grace is an action that we can take at every moment of the day!
Watch the video below and actively engage in the visualization exercise therein.
Click on the journal page below to print it and reflect on today’s study.

Expressive Art

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:

  1. colored pencils/markers/crayons
  2. glitter glue or glue and sprinkle glitter
  3. optional: paint brush or craft stick to spread the glue to make raindrops

Shower of Grace Coloring Page
Shower of Grace Instructions Sheet

Prayer to say while creating your page:

Dear Jesus,
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.

Sisterhood

The first three words of this verse are: “working together then.” Sisters, let’s work at receiving God’s grace together. We need one another’s support and encouragement.

Encourage
This week, reach out to a friend or relative remind her of her worthiness, of the truth that God’s grace is for her! This could be a text message, a phone call or a handwritten card. Ask the Lord to show you who in your life needs to know – or be reminded – of His grace today. Invite her to join you in this study and share your Lenten journey.

Share
Share your experience of God’s grace with us!

  1. Tell us about the small victory you are claiming this week.
  2. Take a picture of your “Shower of Grace” coloring page and share in the comments below and/or on our Facebook page
  3. Other sharing or comments are welcome too!

Closing Prayer
Dear Lord, thank You for letting Your Grace rain down upon the dry, barren desert places in my heart, mind, soul, and life. May I, in every moment, choose to receive your life-giving grace, not in vain. Grant me the ability to see and experience the blossoming of hope, healing, and fruits of the Spirit that always accompany the humble and grateful receptivity of Your Grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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  1. Share your experience of God’s grace with us!

    • Tell us about the small victory you are claiming this week.
    • Take a picture of your “Shower of Grace” coloring page and share here and/or on our Facebook page
    • Other sharing or comments are welcome too!

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