Thursday, February 9, 2012

Grace Tickets

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Another overcast day, but cooler, so I don't know whether to take my car in for detailing or not. It is supposed to rain Sat., so I probably should wait until the first of the week. This is a gift card from Brian from Christmas, that I haven't used yet! And the van really needs a good detailing inside!

I saw the most amazing sight last night. I knew the moon was full, so I peeked out the front door and saw this beautiful, bright glow from the moon shining above the layer of clouds ,casting a lamp-like light. I saw this through my huge oak tree which has lost many of the leaves,(and they are still falling), so it was truly amazing seen through that filter!

Then, this morning, outside my window, I saw a tiny, yellow breasted bird fly down and disappear into the thick hedge next door. I will have to look it up in my Peterson Guide. And yesterday, on one of my trips, I saw an osprey on top of one of those very tall electric line poles. And when I drove into the park, a very large, woodstork was standing beside a couple of small, black turtles, sunning on the bank of the weir. Across the street, in his usual spot was the large gator posing for a group of people taking pics. I also saw the very ancient brown, gopher tortoise, very well disguised, walking by his tunnel I thank God for my eyes! God is good!

From the devotional book, Quiet Moments with God:

"The one who comes to me, I will certainly not cast out." John 6:37 NASB
A Bible teacher once talked about God's "Grace Tickets". She said God makes himself available to us no matter how many times we reach out for an extra "Grace Ticket". His grace is available to us in liberal amounts. She even prayed that she would have the wisdom to know when to reach out and take another.

When the alarm goes off at 5:30 AM , it is all too easy to slip a hand out from under the covers and push that snooze button to allow for ten more minutes of sleep. You might repeat that movement every ten minutes, until 6 A.M. when the clock radio is programmed to come on

The minute the announcer's voice is heard, you are immediately jolted from bed, realizing you have overslept and must do in twenty minutes what would normally take fifty. The antics that take place in that room are worthy  of a feature on a television comedy show.

We all need several of God's grace tickets for times in our lives when we attempt to put God and his timing on hold. Yet God had made himself available to us every minute of the day. We are privileged to call out to him no matter how severe or miniscule our situation. His grace is sufficient for each of us--at all times. He never runs out. It is up to us to open our eyes each morning and reach out to the Giver of all Grace Tickets.

Grace comes into the soul as the morning sun into the world.
First a dawning, then a light, and , at last, the sun in his full and excellent brightness.
 Thomas Adams

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,