My Favorite Five Letter Word

This word has and continues to transform my life. I briefly shared about it in the post Here Comes the Bride Part 2. I’ll give you a hint, it is freely given, not earned or deserved. If you haven’t guessed by now, keep reading and you’ll soon find out!

When my husband and I were dating, we went through some very difficult times, stemming from my lack of understanding about grace. He had every right to say, “I don’t like the way you are treating me, I’m done.” I’m still amazed at the amount of grace and patience Ry gave and continues to give me. He knew God had something great in store for us and chose to believe that truth instead. That’s why our life verse is Romans 5:1-2 – “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

While grace can be given to others, it also applies to yourself. Your past mistakes, words you said, actions and choices you made. I had to give myself grace for the pain and heartbreak I caused Ry by not extending it to him in the first place. That’s ultimately what saved our relationship and has made our marriage more than I could’ve imagined. Little did either of us know, that we’d be challenged to extend grace again as we faced infertility. To friends, family, doctors and most importantly each other. We each processed our emotions differently and needed to have patience as we navigated this journey.

What I love most about grace is that it’s not transactional. It’s just given out of love, and our example of this is Jesus. Because of His death and resurrection, we can live a life filled with grace and not the law, which is full of judgement and condemnation. Grace is the catalyst to freedom that allows you to accept where you are and offer forgiveness to others and yourself. Until it’s given, you can stay stuck in a cycle of doubt, frustration and disappointment. That’s why grace is such a vital part of any wait. It gives us the freedom to live our lives to the full, which is exactly what God wants us to do in the wait.

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