I am so aware of His faithfulness this morning. How can I have anything to give if I'm unaware of all that I've been given? How can I forgive if I'm unaware of all that I've been forgiven?
Thank you for the incredible mercy, grace, and forgiveness that you have poured out on me Lord, these 32 years. I have walked this life with you, continually oblivious of what the gift of that grace cost you & I will never completely understand. Forgiveness is costly only to the forgiver. I have been bold to walk, in selfishness, always receiving but never giving that grace & forgiveness to others. Unwilling. It pierces me to write it. Oh Lord, but You. You redeem, encourage, come along side. You never left me, even though I feared you would. You remained with me.
You are so valuable...so precious...a treasure that this girls desires & I will seek you. Shepherd me, my Lord.
Making One’s Calling and Election Sure2 Peter 1
3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”