Grace that underserved unearned free gift from another from which we owe nothing in return, that which makes our God so magnifiscent and so beyond our understanding.
This past September I along with my children were completely wowed by being the recipients of God’s grace through His dedicated servants Kevin and Teri Miller.
What happens when you step out in faith, even when it might be terrifying and the future is completely unknown, AND you trust God for the rest.……? The Holy Spirit motivates your dearest friends to invite you along with 6 of your 7 kiddos to come and stay in their home. To be loved upon, to be cared for, to share life with……..it is truly AMAZING!
So, what happens when you extend God’s grace to the Jimenez family? Why of course we poop our pants, hand wash them and then hang them to dry outside on the deck……only to be found by a horrified poor little old Canyon.
Witness the beauty of seeing our older kids absolutely bond together through talking, bonfires, and making funny faces on the computer.
The sharing of meals
Food was not only provided but cooked also
Gathered and prayed together with our “big” kiddos…….shared Christ together, do you know how profound this was!
What mama doesn’t bask in seeing the beauty of their little ones sharing tenderness, Nando and Serene!
So, what did we leave with? Or should I say what did we learn from them?
We now eat a salad every night before dinner
I realize the importance in each of my kiddos having their own Bibles(we used to just share and pass mine around, though they had their own)
It is enriching to see everyone with so much better to do than watch tv
I am encouraged to say please and sorry to my kiddos more
My children got to witness a man actively taking up his spiritual leadership of the home-priceless
I got to see two people who genuinely love each other
Encouraged to know that parents CAN be amazingly effective in parenting their kiddos
When I first arrived at the Miller’s home, my sweet Teri hands me a notecard on which Isaiah 61:3 was written. This was the call God placed in her heart and she and her family acted in obedience to that call and here is how that verse was fulfilled.
To console those who mourn in Zion, I am completely embraced
To give them beauty for ashes, A radiant shine that is blinding
The oil of joy for mourning, So filled with His joy the overflow pours out
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; Humbled to my knees with a head tilted high
That they may be called trees of righteousness, Abounding in strength unfathomable from within
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” With deepening roots extending straight towards Him
When grace finds you.…isn’t that how it comes when we don’t see it coming, totally outside of anything we’ve done or could do, not of my own accord, but freely uninhibited without repayment in return….cause really then it wouldn’t be grace now would it!
Here is a helpful tip for ya. If you ever get the honor and blessing of hangin with the Millers DON”T EVER TOUCH TERI’S LAUNDRY…….not even one dirty little sock….totally serious!
When were you recipients of God’s grace through His faithful servants here on earth?