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Seasoned with Grace

Good afternoon! Today is the last day of August, and for the last couple of weeks, autumn has been on my mind. I’ve wanted to make soups, hot chocolate and wear long sleeved shirts! I love the relief of cooler weather after a hot, hot, hot Texas summer. Along with the typical longings for all things autumn, I think about the Springs Women’s Retreat. I love the women of our church, and I love spending an autumn weekend with you ladies! The food! The laughter! The relaxing! The worship! The fellowship! The sharing! The food! (Let’s face it, part of my reason for attending is the delicious desserts and snacks everyone brings! And the cinnamon rolls. Yum. Yum. Yum.)

This year, the theme for the retreat is “Seasoned with Grace: Breathing In, Breathing Out & Standing in Grace”. Over the last year (or maybe more), I know many women in our church have experienced heartache, publicly for some and privately for others, and it is only through God’s grace that we can put one step in front of the other because we just can’t do it on our own. We’re not strong enough, and that is (contrary to societal or our own expectations) exactly as it should be.

“But [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I wil boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

So by God’s grace, even when we’re broken, we’re ok. Even when we’re flawed and lacking, we’re ok. Even when we’re failing, we’re ok. Even when our lives are no where near “pinterestable”, we’re ok. Whether we’re functioning at 98%, 46% or 0%, God’s grace is sufficient for where we are right now, how we are right now, and what we face right now. 

So here’s what I desperately need to know:

What is grace to you? How have you experienced or witnessed God’s grace (received it, given it, or lived in it)? What do you think of when you think of God’s grace? (You don’t have to answer all these questions. Just take a minute to let us hear your voice about God’s grace.)

My experiences are limited, and we all benefit so much from hearing the voices of our peers. So please take some time, share with us how you (or you’ve witnessed someone else) breathing in, breathing out and standing in grace. 

Have a lovely weekend and beginning of September!

Cathryn Wright

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