Amazing Grace

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog | 34 comments

Amazing Grace

No matter where I’m at in my spiritual journey, I’m learning I will always need reminders of God’s amazing grace and His unfailing love. Serious health concerns among family members, important plans cancelled from the snow, and expensive household repairs were all unpleasant surprises for me this past month. I confess. I sometimes didn’t handle my frustration in a healthy, mature way.

When I decided to listen to God’s voice during my disappointments, He brought to my attention a beautiful song called “Amazing Grace” which I remember hearing as a young child in church. I encouraged my daughter to learn to sing the song and my son began to discover how to play it on his guitar. My children may not fully grasp what they are singing and playing right now, but I pray that the powerful words will always remain in their minds and eventually touch their hearts as well.

As we all grow both emotionally and spiritually, I’m thankful we will gain a deeper insight and understanding of God’s incredible promises. As we take time to reflect on the various obstacles and trails we’ve faced, we can choose to recognize our Heavenly Father’s mercy, love, and grace. Then we will have a passion to share the good news with others in various creative ways!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

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    Thanks Danielle for that reminder!!! It is so comforting to know that in our weakness we can be strong. He promises us “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” Also, the following phrase in that verse humbles me. For it is OK to admit we can’t do it alone. It is not a sign of weakness, but a demonstration of where our strength comes from. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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      Great verses you mentioned! I agree. I am so thankful we serve a mighty, merciful, and gracious God. Thank you for adding your thoughts and reminding us to depend on God’s mighty power and accept His amazing grace.

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    I’ve noticed my husband responding to the mounting frustrations in our life and business with some impatience but he is quick to remember and point to God’s amazing grace and lavish blessings. Thx for sharing Danielle. BTW, my daughter sings this song to her little one almost every night before bed.

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      That’s wonderful, Diane. We can learn about God’s amazing grace at any age! Thank you for sharing how God is teaching your family about grace.

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    Excellent message, Danielle. We too, had a tough week, and thank God, through His amazing grace, He forgives us. I am so happy that myself and my family are relying on God more and more. It’s like a warm hug when things aren’t going they way you want them to, and you reach out to Him and pray, or suddenly remember a Bible verse or story that pulls you through. God is amazing! And we are all so grateful for His amazing grace:)

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      Yes! Praise God! I love how you described God’s love and grace, Kathy. There’s nothing we did to deserve this gift. Our loving God desires us to have it!

      “And after [we] have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called [us] to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish [us]” (1 Peter 5:10).

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    It is good to be reminded God’s grace is sufficient and that His grace will get us through the hard times in life. He gives us joy in our hearts not only when everything is running smoothly but also because of His grace we can have joy when things are not so great. We need to have the faith like a child and trust in God. A child trusts that what his parents are telling him is true, they believe in you and they forgive so easily(most of the time). I was having a hard time yesterday with keeping my thoughts from wandering to far in the future of “what if”. My husband needs more testing done next week to see if his cancer has returned. I asked the Lord to help me with my thoughts going crazy and He gave me a verse about thinking on things that are true, of good report, honest…etc. This verse helped me be strong and keep going on with my day. This was an encouragement to me. It is also an encouragement to see my grandkids sing and talk about the Lord. May God’s grace become part of their lives.

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      Amen! God is so good. I always learn so much from your wisdom, Joanne. You and your husband have faced incredible trials and your powerful testimony continuously impacts my life. I love how you choose to seek the Lord and His amazing grace when you are feeling weak. Thank you for opening up your heart and boldly sharing how God works in your life.

      “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples” (I Chronicles 16:8).

      “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Chronicles 12:9).

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    PS, the video just came up on my phone, that was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Thank you for letting me know, Kathy!! It truly means a lot to me and my children. Thank you also to my wonderful husband who filmed them!

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    Thank you for those sweet beautiful faces and hearts, Danielle. It really made me smile and remember how much God loves each one of us!

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      Praise God! Thank you so much for taking a moment to check it out, Sue. 🙂

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    Beautiful angels singing about God’s grace, thank you for sharing. Last month I fell on the ice and hit my head on bricks, as a result of my concussion I was out of work for a month and struggled with lots of symtoms like unbelievable pressure in my head, balance issues, nausea, the only symtom of a concussion that I didn’t have was blurred vision. But after feeling down and sorry for myself I was reminded of Corrie ten Boom who became a political prison in the concentration camps for hiding Jews, her sister Nollie reminded her that they were commanded to find the good in all circumstances, even fleas in their living quarters….that was the only reason why the guards would not come in, therefore they were able to do bible studies freely! I quickly changed my thinking through prayer and devotions, I felt very grateful that I was going to be fine and that things could have been worse, I felt loved and cared for by our friends and wonderful mini church through prayer, kind words, meals. And I felt much more educated on the subject of head injuries, I can truly empathize with our patients in the pediatric Ed and can share what I have learned. God blesses us through all circumstances and I’m so thankful for His Grace and Mercy!

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      Wow! I admire how you are choosing to see the positives in all circumstances, Stacey. It’s not easy to do. I also love how you remembered someone else who chose to see the good during their pain and it motivated you to do the same. Praise God!! I’m glad you are healing from your injury and you have people in your life who are helping you. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I pray that it will touch many people’s lives and inspire them to trust our merciful, loving, and gracious God!

      “Grow in the GRACE and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

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    You never cease to amaze me. I so needed to hear these words today. Great job kids!!!!! You all made me smile today.


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      Aw, thanks, Mike!! My children learned for the very first time how to work together on a song. I’m happy my husband and I were able to capture it on a video. Thank you for taking time to read what God taught me about His amazing grace.

      “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His GRACE gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (I Thessalonians 2:16-17).

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    Sometimes in life irony can smack you right in the face. Let me explain. Creating the video above of our son and daughter singing took a little bit of production on our part. We had various equipment strewn all over the living room, and I asked the kids a couple times to be very careful when moving around so they wouldn’t knock anything over or trip on a cord. Soon after, I was in the kitchen and heard some running followed by a loud crash. I ran out to the living room to find my son crying while standing next to a toppled light stand. One of my special 12″ $40 CFL bulbs had smashed and there was glass and fluorescent powder everywhere. Yeah, I was furious and did a bit of yelling. As you can imagine, my poor son was pretty scared. He ran to his bedroom, grabbed all of his dollar bills in his velcro wallet, and teary eyed told me he would help pay for the damage.

    I didn’t have any backup bulbs and we needed to finish shooting the video, so I drove out to the store to get the closest equivalent to the smashed bulb. On the way to the store, the Holy Spirit started yanking on my heart strings and I began to think about what happened. We were doing a video and blog post about grace, and it occurred to me that it was something I was quite lacking at the moment. When I got home I sat down with my son and calmly talked through what happened. After explaining the importance of obedience and the consequences of disobedience, I apologized for over reacting and explained to him the concept of grace. I told him to keep his money and I wanted him to know that he was more important to me than a broken light bulb. Even through a negative circumstance, God was still able to help both me and Tristan learn and grow in grace.

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      I’m glad you shared what happened when we were filming the video of our kids, Josh. Often we just focus on the end result and forget to pay attention to what God is teaching us along the way. I love how you heard God speak to your heart and used this experience to teach our son more about His amazing grace. A common definition of grace is “the free and unmerited favor of God.” We are all unworthy and undeserving of it. However, God loves us and wants us all to have it!

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    Hello Danielle! Feel free to watch my new photo album. I greet and wish you a beautiful weekend!

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      Thank you, Marko! Keep capturing God’s beauty in nature and animals through your gift of photography! “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold GRACE of God” (I Peter 4:10).

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    We are nothing without His grace… Your children are beautiful souls, being shaped into His image. What a treasure to share what He is showing you, with them. Regardless of your initial response, God obviously turned it around for good, as I am blessed this morning by the sweet reminder of His amazing grace, provided in song by your little loves. <3
    Thank you for continuing to share your heart.

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      Thank you so much, Shannon. I always learn a great deal from your wisdom on your blog. Thank you for taking time to read what God has placed on my heart and clicking on the video to see what my children are learning. “GRACE and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).

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    Sweet reminder Danielle, Thank you for sharing with us . . . and your month sounds similar to mine . . . oh the joys and mishaps of life . . . we press on.

    love, Hester

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      Yes, many surprises this month. I find comfort in knowing you can relate, Hester. Like you said, we press on. 😉

      “GRACE and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).

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    Thanks for sharing this, Danielle!
    Your kids are wonderfully talented! It always made my heart melt when my children would sing this song at such a young age….”that saved a wretch like me.” Oh, how His grace restores our innocence-just like that of a sweet child. His amazing grace HAS to be the best gift I’ve ever been given. Without it, I am nothing. I pray that the power of His grace would seep into the deepest parts of my heart….and change me. And that others would experience His grace through me!

    Thanks also, Josh, for sharing your story. I’m seeing more and more that God wants us to be able to share transparently. So many times, He gives us the opportunity to personally learn and live these truths before sharing them! 🙂

    God bless you guys!

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      Thank you, Katie! I shared some of your comment with my children. It made them smile. I look forward to my husband reading it, too. We are all still learning and growing. I’m so thankful we serve a mighty and gracious God who’s love never fails! “You then, my child, be strengthened by the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:1).

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    Wow!!! Powerful and talented!!!!! My heart was touched and amazed by the
    Pure hearts of your kids!!! I am awed!!!! Beautiful!!!!! How I
    Praise God for His Grace everyday!!!! Xo

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      Aw, thanks, Cece!! I can’t wait to tell my children it touched another person’s heart. Praise God!! They will be very happy! xoxo

      “GRACE, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love”(2 John 1:3).

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    What a beautiful blog. So honest and true! The children performed it beautifully and you are correct that they might not fully grasp its meaning at their young innocent age and that is a good thing. For it is only as we age and go through life can we fully begin to grasp God’s amazing grace, mercy and love for us! When I was younger I heard it said that as you age you get closer to God and I could really appreciate what was meant by it. However, now that I’m aging, I clearly see how I tried everything possible for my life to go according to my plan, and I have survived all the pot holes and sweet moments only because it was God’s plan for me to make it through. For only by his grace, mercy and love for me am I now able to surrender to His will for me. My day to day life doesn’t always look like what I had in mind, but each night I rest peacefully knowing that it IS what God has designed for me. He has always seen me through to the other side and has always provided for me. That security in him, allows me to fully trust him with my every tomorrow!

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      Wow! Beautifully written, Sunshine. I’m truly thankful the Lord connected us together. I love your passion for God and your commitment to being a lifelong learner. I agree. We can gain a closer relationship with our gracious Heavenly Father when we grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Your comment reminded me of 2 Peter 3:18: GROW in the GRACE and knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

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    Great post and video, Danielle!
    I’m sorry you’re facing so many challenges; they never seem to come one at a time, do they?
    I will be Praying for you and your beautiful and talented family.

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      Thanks, Bill! It delights my heart that you took a moment to check out my new blog post. Thank you so much for your prayers, too!! “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

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    Danielle, please tell your two beautiful children that this was wonderful! I love hearing children sing. Your daughter’s voice is angelic, and your son’s guitar playing is excellent.

    You’re doing a great job raising your children. One day they may help or lead the youth worship team. Our two younger ones do that now (drums & piano). Our dear oldest child is our lost lamb (for the time being).

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❂

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      I showed your comment to my children today, Wendy! It made them very happy. Thank you! I really appreciate your kindness and support. I hope one day my son and daughter will be able to lead worship at church! I’m happy to read that your kids are enjoying the performing arts, too. I pray that your oldest will be able to discover her creative gifts soon. She has you, an amazing mother, who is modeling for her what it means to utilize creative expression to bring glory to God!

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