The first (discussed here) was the gift of growth discovered through all the challenges I faced. The second was the gift of grace.
Favor granted by one who doesn’t have to. A temporary immunity or exemption. A reprieve. Grace.
This amazing gift came in those moments when I really deserved a different outcome.
Like when my patience snapped with my kids and they forgave me. When I scrambled to find time to polish my Genesis contest entry and my husband took the kids to his parents’ house for the day. When I discovered that I’d lost three small diamonds from my wedding set – on the heels of an expensive car repair – and my husband offered comfort. When I let my busy schedule eat into my quiet time and God kept knocking until I made time, again.
In every failure, I was never alone. And once dusted off and back on my feet, I had the chance to continue my journey.
I didn’t deserve grace. Yet it came.
What about you? Have you received grace this year? Have you passed it on to others?