2016 – A Year of Grace

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living Comments: 16

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How do you feel about new years? I am very much an optimist. I am sure that this is the year I will lead a more peaceful life, lose twenty pounds, get my priorities in order, and even have a clean house!

Which started me thinking. What would be the one thing I could do that would affect everything? If God were to whisper a new year’s resolution or goal into my ear, what would it be? If God were to pick my “word,” what word would he have me focus on?

I’ve decided to focus this year on GRACE. The grace of God is mentioned 123 times in the New Testament and 8 times in the Old Testament (NIV). That’s a lot of times! What does it even mean? What do you think of when you think of God’s grace?

Grace–the free and unmerited favor of God

I think there are probably a lot of definitions, and maybe they’re all right to some degree. If we looked at the one above, if we believe it to be true, how would that change our life?FeaturePics-Grace-Word-140019-3551867

1) It’s FREE

2) It’s Unmerited (we can’t earn it)

3) Favor of God–His delight! You can read more about that by clicking here.

It’s kind of exciting if you think about it. And if we spent a whole year focusing on THAT? It’s difficult to imagine how our lives would change. So what do you think? Are you ready for a year of GRACE? I am, and I’m hoping that you will join me–because in today’s world? We can all use more grace.

Blessings,

V

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16 thoughts on “2016 – A Year of Grace

  1. JOANNE

    I’m ready and the Saint I have picked to pray for is Saint Martha as I need to center more time on Jesus and prayer

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  2. Nancee Marchinowski

    I love your choice of “grace.” I chose “simplify” since I need to simplify my life and my house, but I’m also going to focus on “grace.” We could all use more grace in our lives, and apply it to others.

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  3. Margaret Persinger

    The words that came to me are “hands and feet”. These past few months have been trying, and I am afraid I have let my anxiety filter out on to those I love the most. I am looking at this brand new year as the new beginning it always is, to be the hands and feet of Jesus, every hour of every day, and this blog is going to help me!

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      I’ve been thinking about those words a lot, Margaret. Will be praying that your anxiety lessens and that God ministers to your heart in the coming weeks.

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  4. Dali Castillo

    Grace is definitely a great theme for the year. For me, I’m adding Simplicity. — “let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1 (AMPC)

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    1. Margaret Persinger

      Dali, thanks so much for this scripture. I am in the midst of “downsizing”, in preparation for a move across the state. I find myself making tough decisions about “material” things that have meant so much to me over the years…grandma’s old barrel top trunk that she packed all of HER worldly possessions in, when she moved from St. Genevieve, MO, to Rockdale, Texas, in the 1890’s. A 50 piece teacup collection of my mother’s, which she started whenever she was a young girl. On and on…and now my own material memories of my childhood, and those of my daughters…”encumbrances, entanglements,and that sin that so readily clings to us”.
      I realize I’ve also been toting an immense weight of anger, anxiety and stress, which was pushed way down. And is now beginning to surface, and is hurting the people I love the most. This scripture, the one you have shared with us, helps me focus on what is really important in BOTH areas, but especially in my spiritual and emotional health. Through the Grace of God, I will apply this scripture every day, in my walk with Him.

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