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2020 A.K.A. – A SEASON OF GRACE

Welp, it’s not a secret. I think most of us have found ourselves in a season of grace this year, myself included. Just when you think something will last forever things change. What is life but a huge pile of good ol’ change, eh? And sometimes, when we least expect it, we find ourselves smacked up the side of the head with a huge flying pile of steaming “change” and are expected to deal with it gracefully. But dealing with change gracefully is not our first instinct, is it ladies? That’s when we give a huge shout out to the whole idea of A SEASON OF GRACE.

HOT MESS IN A HALF SHELL

Yep, that’s precisely what 2020 has been. I am sure all of us have a few words to say about what 2020 has been like for us personally and our families. And most of those words are not very graceful (and don’t even pretend that’s just me).

 If you’re anything like me things probably started off pretty well for you beginning on New Year’s Day of 2020. This was going to be the year! #2020 vision right? I bet we are all laughing about our 2020 vision boards now. Either that or our heads are still spinning and we can’t seem to form a coherent thought. One thing is for certain, life does not look like we thought it would. But does it really ever? Season of grace, my friends. Season of grace.

2020 A.K.A. - A SEASON OF GRACE
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THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF GRACE

So, what exactly is grace? If this is a “season of grace” what does that even mean? Because whatever season it is, it can end now. Am I right? 

  • Definition of Grace – 

If we look at the word “grace” as defined by the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, here is what we find: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance; approval; favor; mercy; pardon; privilege; disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency; a temporary exemption or reprieve. 

And to help us understand better we will look at the meaning of sanctification or more directly, “sanctify” – To set apart to a sacred purpose or religious use; to free from sin (purify); to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to; to give moral or social sanction.

  • In Terms We Can Understand –

Let’s try to break this whole “grace” definition down then with what we have above here☝☝☝. Grace is something given to us by God and its purpose is to provide sanctification. Grace is a show of favor, mercy, pardon, and offered as a temporary reprieve. If sanctification means to be set apart for a sacred purpose or to free from sin then what does that mean when it’s all wrapped together?

 For me this means that grace is an avenue we get to travel when we don’t deserve it in order to cleanse us of our sin and bring us right before God. Grace is God’s mercy toward us. And if this is a season of grace then how is that possible cause I am not feeling the mercy, Lord?! Let’s dive deeper into this.

  • Spiritual Meaning of Grace – 

Grace is favor. In the Old Testament we don’t necessarily see grace but we do see where it says “so and so found favor with God”. One popular example would be Noah. God was wiping the whole earth of the sinful humans and was going to start fresh. But we also see that “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord”. Therefore, God spared Noah and his family. God was merciful and showed grace.

In the New Testament we see the word “grace” more which is actually the greek word “charis”. Charis means: good will, loving-kindness, favour; of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of Christian virtues. While Jesus never actually used the word “charis” in his teachings the idea of it can be found in the story of the prodigal son. The son is shown favor although he deserves nothing such. This is grace. 

Old Testament = unmerited favor. New Testament = power. Put that together and you have unmerited favor with a whole lot of power of the spirit behind you! Still – 2020? Grace??? 

  • Function of Grace – 

Let’s break this down a little more. I look at grace as a “filler” of sorts. You see, we have these gaps. Sometimes we mess up, we don’t do our best, we don’t say the right thing, we can only do so much, and we are essentially just human and full of sin. We have limits. This is where grace comes in. God’s grace fills in where we lack. 

The function of grace is showing kindness or favor when least deserved. The function of grace is helping us to operate in a manner higher than our human mind can fathom. It’s getting us through those times where our flesh is too weak to function on it’s own. Grace, in full function, is taking our half empty vessel (our bodies) and filling it with the power of the holy spirit so that we can operate on a level beyond our own understanding.

You ever think “I don’t know how we got through it but we did”? Well, that would be grace. You got through it because God ushered you through. Still, how is 2020 a season of grace? Keep on a readin’, friend!

WHY ARE WE SAVED BY GRACE?

Why? Why are we saved by grace? The quick answer: because God loves us. Think about it: God created us. He created this world to actually be perfect in the beginning without flaw, sin, or blemish. Then we sinned. We did what God did not want us to do. He could have just left it at that, left us to our own resources, and wash his hands of us. But he didn’t! Through his son Jesus he made a way. Jesus himself is the grace of God. He sent Jesus to save us from shame, condemnation, and sin. He came to save us from the entrapment of Satan! Therefore, when we believe in Jesus, we are saved by grace.

God wants us to have a joyful life. To have a fulfilled life. A peaceful life. We can’t have this if we are running around serving sin. If we are falling to the cultural beliefs rather than the belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven then we are struggling, friends. We are not free if we are believing in anything but Jesus. We are essentially slaves to sin. This is why a season of grace is so important.

TRUE LIFE EXAMPLE OF GRACE

So, what does all of this “grace” look like in the real world? How am I looking at this season of my life as a “season of grace”? So many ways, friend. While 2020 may not look like I had expected it to look (I’m sure you can agree) it does not mean God’s favor is not resting on us. I believe God is using this season in all of our lives to bring us closer to him. He is using it to give us a shot at repentance and showing us that life is better when we are dependent on him and trust in him alone. Instead of wiping the whole face of the earth of the human race he is extending us mercy, friends. This year is his mercy and grace in action.

A real world true life example of grace currently is my life. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been slightly MIA for some time with blogging and there’s a reason for that. I am not sure if blogging was just for a season or if God is doing something else in me. Does he desire me to rest more? To write about other things instead of what I am writing about now? The answer is – I do not know! I am still seeking him and waiting to hear back on that. And this is where his GRACE steps in. He fills the gap that is currently in my life. The gap that is expanded in the unknown. And I have to trust that he will guide me in his perfect timing. 

  • A Season of Grace in 2020 –

There is no way any of us knows how to properly get through a pandemic. Nor do any of us know how to navigate the waters of inequality and injustice in the world. And by far none of us know what is all for political gain and what isn’t. With that, what is a gal to do? GRACE, sister. We rely on the grace of God to get us through. We rely on the grace of God to fill in the blanks and we trust that he knows what he’s doing and that he will do what is best, whatever that looks like. We remain in prayer and simply do what he guides us to do. We remain silent when he says to remain silent and we speak when he says to speak. We do all of this according to HIS will, not our own.

A season of grace in 2020 is definitely what we need with kids going back to school. With teachers, parents, and children alike not knowing up from down and things changing in the blink of an eye, a little extended grace goes a long way. Let’s do our best and let God fill in the rest. That is grace. Oh, and smile once in a while at another human being (with your eyes of course since our mouths will be covered).

RECEIVING GOD’S GRACE

Here is God’s grace being offered to you but are you receiving it? One of the awesome things about God is he gives us a choice. God implemented “free-will” into the human psychological realm. What God desires is a relationship with us but he wants us to willingly come to him. Because really, what is forced love? Not really love at all. Therefore, free-will friends. 

The question now becomes: will you receive God’s grace in this season? Will you accept Jesus as your Savior and live for Him? In this season of life will you seek a relationship with God through Christ? I promise you sister, once you receive God’s grace your life will be forever changed. And that is a change we can get behind!

PRAYING THROUGH A SEASON OF GRACE

That’s exactly what I’m doing. Praying through a season of grace. I am so thankful for the grace of God. Especially as I try to figure out what to do next, where this blog is going, and where God wants me in this season. Can I ask you for your prayers for me? Please pray that God will shine some light on the path he wants me to travel next and that he will give me wisdom in decisions that need to be made. Pray that his direction will be clear to me.

I thank you, friend, for spending time with me today as we learned all about God’s grace amidst trials, challenges, and changes. How can I pray for you? Let me know in the comments below what you are most in need of.

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To help encourage you on your  journey to finding a little more grace for today – Check out is THE KEYS TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH – and – TRUSTING GOD THROUGH THE TRIALS –  just a few pieces of comfort to get you started in the right direction.

 

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