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  1. I’ve learned sometimes He teaches us most through our regrets. Thank you for sharing a tender part of your heart today.

  2. Dear Erika, thank you so much ! Your writing expresses what i’ve been struggling through the last few years. If it wasn’t for the grace of God I wouldn’t have been here anymore to write this. Thank you for reminding me to leave the past behind, that’s the hardest part of all .. Have a nice day and may Grace be with you, with love, Tania.

    • Oh, how I can relate! Grace has been the theme of my life. Sometimes I wonder where I would be … who I would be … apart from His grace. I shudder to think….

      You’re right, sometimes leaving the past in the past is the hardest part of all. It’s hard to expect blessing and hope and restoration when I’ve been the one to make the mistake, and yet, the amazing grace of our great God allows us to come to Him, surrender and have a fresh start. Praying for you today, Tania, that you will be able to surrender it to Him and choose by faith to start a new beginning!

  3. Erika,

    Thanks for sharing such a tender part of your life! Your post reminds me of the song “Blessings” and the part that says “What if our blessings of our life come from the trials?”

    May God Bless you with Grace!

    Hugs

    Beth

    • The Sunday after my cousin passed, we sang “Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” I sat and wept as I agreed with all my heart,
      “He gives and takes away.
      He gives and takes away.
      My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your Name.”

      What comfort and hope we have that ALL. is. grace. All of it.
      Blessed be HIS Name!
      Thank you for your sweet words, Beth.
      Hugs right back to you today!

      • This was my song as I was going through 2 miscarriages back to back! I cried & praised my Jesus at the same time through this song. It was such a blessing for me. And, yes, so thankful for His covering grace.

        • Oh Erin! I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Just. so. sorry…

          This was my cousin I wrote about. One year and ten days after we lost her, my husband’s little sister passed away.

          Lamentations 3:17-33 was especially heavy on my heart and pouring from my lips. V.22-23 are rather “popular” but I hadn’t been as familiar with the verses preceding or following them. Once I read them, though, I clung to them. It was like my heart was spilled out right there on the pages of Scripture.

          “…for men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He WILL show compassion, so great is His unfailing love…” (v. 31-32)

          Praying you know His compassion today.

  4. Erika, this was for me this morning. I’m struggling accepting Grace in some areas of my life. There is a situation I don’t know what to do about. I’m torn up about my responsibility in the situation and not knowing how to handle it. I’m fearful about what I think God may be asking me to do. It’s hard to stand in Grace when your not sure how to be obedient. *I’m not sure that makes any sense*. I just have a heavy heart. Please pray for me today, if I come to your mind- that I would have wisdom and the courage to be obedient.

    • Oh sweet Friend,
      I WILL be praying for you today. I am right now.

      I don’t know your situation, but may I encourage you to get in the Word…to just saturate your mind and your heart with His Truth? There is no better way to know His heart for you and to take captive each thought, each confusion, each emotion, than to be in the Word. Our God is not a God of confusion or fear, but a God of peace and love and hope and joy. I am praying for you today, that you will know His peace and grace today.

      “He will keep in perfect peace {she} whose mind is steadfast because {she} trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

  5. Oh sweet Friend,
    I WILL be praying for you today. I am right now.

    I don’t know your situation, but may I encourage you to get in the Word…to just saturate your mind and your heart with His Truth? There is no better way to know His heart for you and to take captive each thought, each confusion, each emotion, than to be in the Word. Our God is not a God of confusion or fear, but a God of peace and love and hope and joy. I am praying for you today, that you will know His peace and grace today.

    “He will keep in perfect peace {she} whose mind is steadfast because {she} trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

    • Erika, thank you so much for your encouraging words and prayers. Your words are just what I needed to hear. Thanks for reminding me that God is not the author of confusion- that has given me so much peace. I’m at work right now *shh* but as soon as I am home, I’m getting in the Word.

  6. I am truly blessed by you today! I also have been wrestling with some things this week and have lost sight of Grace. I find myself about to face this issue and am feeling so very unprepared. I believe God has given me this reminder through you and I thank you for allowing him to use this very difficult thing. Please say a prayer for me as I deal with these things and that I may bathe myself in his word. May God bless you greatly!

  7. I have a Grace, right here at home; fourteen years old, reminding me every day of His Gift, and the calling I have to bestow it upon my seven children. And yet, life is busy, days are full-to-bursting, tempers flare…
    So. Hard.
    As you said, “He rescues…each day, each moment we call.”
    Thank you, thank you for the reminder. I needed it this very moment.

    • Teri,
      YES! Each day, each moment we call…

      I must defer to you on this one, though! I only have two so far, and still some days are just hard! I wrote about it once…when my quick temper flared up and I remembered that I just don’t have it in me on my own strength, only in His. Maybe you’d be blessed to read it? http://moretimewithourkids.com/2011/02/on-patience.html

      Praying for you today…that in each moment, you will know His strength and grace!

  8. Teri,
    YES! Each day, each moment we call…

    I must defer to you on this one, though! I only have two so far, and still some days are just hard! I wrote about it once…when my quick temper flared up and I remembered that I just don’t have it in me on my own strength, only in His. Maybe you’d be blessed to read it? http://moretimewithourkids.com/2011/02/on-patience.html

    Praying for you today…that in each moment, you will know His strength and grace!