Monday, April 29, 2013

The Response to Grace

Gratitude is the only appropriate response to Grace. ~ Bruxy Cavey.
I woke up Sunday morning unexpectedly feeling sick... 
My family ended up leaving for church without me. I slept a few more hours and woke up with a pounding headache and a stomach still unsettled. The day was determined to go downhill for me and I was egging it on with my "poor me" attitude.

I sat in bed with my iPad mini in hand and decided to spend the rest of the morning on Facebook and on Twitter. These were the first tweets I saw, tweets from those listening to our church's teaching pastor's message:

Then some more tweets reminded me that it was the day of the Ann Voskamp and Shaun Groves Compassion Canada event right here at home, an event I tried to rearrange my schedule for so that I could volunteer at, but sadly wasn't able to. Ironically, I ended up not being well and in bed! Here's a tweet from Compassion Canada's CEO Barry Slauenwhite on what Ann was teaching about:

Then, one more tweet...

All the above tweets in a span of maybe a couple of minutes, right there on my Twitter feed! Do you think God was trying to tell me something? Hint, hint, hint! :)

Needless to say, these tweets jolted me out of my "poor me" attitude and I quickly decided to head over to our church's YouTube channel and join in on the morning's teaching!

{Please pause the playlist on the sidebar of this blog as you watch these videos.}
Here's the entire morning's teaching:

If you're short on time, here's one of the highlights... really a must-watch:

Soon, I was tweeting up a storm too!
And having a change of attitude... from being grumpy to being grateful! All of a sudden, I noticed that I was feeling 100% better than when I first woke up earlier in the morning! In fact, I was up and about by the time my family got back home from church... and felt well enough to attend my nephew's 5th birthday dinner that night!

As I continue to count grace-gifts, with unending thanks... to The One who only gives good gifts... these are the things I am thankful for this week... #2909 - #2919:
:: Spring cleaning my garden... good for my soul!
:: Another year of helping six children in need get basic education. I am so proud of my childhood classmates who started this foundation.
:: Band has started back up at school for my boy. I am loving the progress he is making with his trombone!
:: Our trusty 16-year-old Subaru Legacy... the time has come to replace it. Love that car! This commercial is much like our story! ♥ 

:: Car shopping.
:: My girl's excellent interim report card! 
:: A fruitful meeting to chat about our family's and our church's ongoing support of UrbanPromise's Camp Freedom.
:: New members for my boy's school Robotics Team. I love the enthusiasm of these new kids!
:: A Whole Foods Market grocery store opening up closer to home.
:: Watching my kids play basketball.
:: These new epinephrine injectors for my boy... love how small they are now!
Hello brand-new week!
Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of continual thanks. ~ Ann Voskamp.
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~ Micah 6:6-8.
Choosing to live a surrendered life... because Christ's love compels me... and giving thanks for everything that my good God so freely bestows, so lavishly gives and so extravagantly showers!

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1 comment:

  1. I love how God can speak to us even through electronics. I'm glad that your day turned out grace filled.