Sunday, September 12, 2010

Inspirational Sunday Post-Give Thanks

For today's Inspirational Sunday Post, I'm sharing another beautiful card (made by Cathy Somody using the Day of Gratitude stamp set) with the theme of gratitude.  Did you know that the word gratitude comes from the same root word for the word grace?  As a believer, the word grace is so loaded with meaning. 

There is the grace of God.  My husband (also my pastor!) often gives this definition of grace:  God's provision taking the shape of my need.  God's grace is truly amazing!

"But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. "
(Eph 2:4-5 GNB)

His saving grace is just the beginning.  As the grace of God works in the life of the believer, our life should reflect that amazing grace.  We receive God's mercy and forgiveness, His grace, and that changes us.  We are then able to walk in mercy and forgiveness with those around us.  Is this automatic?  Absolutely not!  Is it easy?  Most often, not.  We must rely on the Holy Spirit to truly walk in grace.  But when we live a life of constant gratitude, grace flows.  The roots are the same, not only in word, but also in deed.  Let today be a Day of Gratitude.  It will transform a common day into a Thanksgiving.

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