Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Enough Grace, More Grace

I've heard this phrase a lot lately from people ... that God would grant us "enough grace" or "more grace" to get through each day during this time.

It's not the first I've heard of this. In fact, I've prayed it for other people myself. It's just kind of a thing we, as Christians, pray. It's something we sing ... "Your grace is enough ...". It's in so many of our worship songs. It's sorta like a Christian catch-phrase.

But, I didn't grasp what it even meant until now.

We often get grace and mercy confused. This is the best explanation of the difference that I've found: 
Mercy is NOT getting what we deserve; grace is GETTING what we do not deserve.

Mercy: God saves me from punishment and death that I deserve because of sin.
Grace: God shows His kindness and favor to me despite the fact that I don't deserve it.

Grace has been described as unmerited favor. What a wonderful thought! It can't be earned, but God just freely gives it to us, like the good Father that He is. An earthly father would have issues with giving his child kindness, love, gifts, and favor. If the child were disobedient, disrespectful, and the like, an earthly father would have a very hard time with this. Eventually, an earthly father would grant grace, but only after he got over whatever the child did or continued to do. But, God's not like that. Despite what we do as His children, He grants us grace, when we faithfully follow Him.

So, what does it mean for God to grant us "enough" grace or "more" grace.

There will always be "enough" grace for us.
Grace has always been around for us and God continues to grant us the grace we need for each day.

From the beginning of time, grace was there ... enough grace ... and more grace.

Grace is already there before our circumstance arrives.

We pray for more grace when we're going through hard times. I now understand that.

There are times that we need more grace from God, times where we have nothing else and can only rely on the grace of God to get us through to the next day, times where we need more favor, times where we just simply need God to work things out for us even when we don't know what those things are. That's "more" grace.

Right now, we need more grace. The amazing thing is the grace that we need was already here, waiting for us to arrive at this time in our lives. God knew that this time would come and we can see His hand in so many areas, working things out for us.

The grace that each of us needs for different times in our lives is always there. It's God's grace that sustains us in hard times. And, in those hard times, our spirits are sensitive to His and our eyes are more open to see His hand in it all. We see Him working out even the smallest details to create the bigger picture where He is ultimately glorified. I think we also see God's grace more clearly displayed when we come to a point in our lives that we have fully surrendered to His ways, when we have no control over anything and all we can do is rely on Him. It's when we give up our control that He can display His very sufficient grace. It's when we make Him all that we need and come to realize who He is. That's when giving up control and letting God do His work is easier.

Not only is God love, but He is also grace. It's in His character and a part of who He is.

When I look back on the last few months, I see how God has worked out so many details and given us such favor in different areas to get us to where we are now. And, the awesome thing is ... His grace will continue to be enough and He will extend us more grace in the coming weeks, months, and year. Because He sees what's ahead and the grace we need awaits us in the moments set before us.



LATEST UPDATE: 
Yesterday, we had an unplanned appointment with an adolescent gynecologist here at Texas Children's Hospital. The fact that Katie (aka La Petite Belle) is a teenage girl going through this process makes things a little more tricky due to menstrual cycles. With her condition, this type of bleeding needs to be stopped for a time due to the anemia and low platelets. She needs to keep every drop of blood. The doctor in Lafayette had her on pills for this, but most pills of this sort contain iron (which actually can grow cancer cells). So, yesterday she got a shot which actually will stop her bleeding for three months and put her into a menopausal state. Sounds crazy, but this will help to preserve her ovaries. A lot of transplant patients go into ovarian failure and we want to do everything we can to stop that from happening.

I had to explain to my daughter what that might mean. This didn't seem to affect her too much as she stated that there are so many other options for children rather than having them naturally. She really doesn't seem to worry much about long-term stuff at the moment, just short-term. We are believing and trusting God to protect her from ovarian failure and we are doing all we can medically to prevent it too.

We have our last scheduled appointment tomorrow before admittance day on Sunday. She will get a general check-up and labs done to check her counts again. Depending on her counts, she may also be getting platelets.

She and I have been here in Houston on our own this week, staying in the apartment so that we can be available for anything that may come up like the appointment did today. We're having some good quality time together and just trying to enjoy this freedom before the long hospital stay. Just last night, my girl said, "Mama, have I told you lately that you're a good mama?" That did my heart good. I'm continuing to help her to keep a positive outlook on what's to come. We're praying daily together, and trusting and believing for God's best. He is faithful.

If you would like to financially support Katie's (aka La Petite Belle) journey to healing, you can find more information here: www.gofundme.com/Katieg.  All funds go to cover medical bills and expenses. Thank you for your prayers and support!

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