Greetings! I pray your day is off to a wonderful start. As I reflect on the past year, I am reminded of the brain surgery I encountered last April, and I remember the neurosurgeon telling me that "they found it by accident." Now, for those who really know me and my heart for God, my response was, "God doesn't make mistakes; He creates miracles." I didn't need a Red Sea to part, but my recovery helped me to realize that that is exactly what God did, He made a way!
As I contemplate this second near death experience of mine within a five year span, I know that "The grace of God ... brings salvation." (Titus 2:11) He allowed the floodgates of His mercy to open a window of heaven and poured me out a blessing that was so great, it overflowed and grace seeped in. When God answers the messes we find in life with grace, not a wimpy grace, not a polite hymnal grace, not a church signage of grace, but a life-changing grace, the overflow is to be shared with others!
On this WINS-day, know that you are operating in an overflow of God's grace, so much so that you can now fill someone else's barren cup. Allow your grace to shape and strengthen another's life. Max Lucado says that God's grace can snatch us by the nape of the neck and shake us to our senses. Let grace chase you down the halls of your life today; let it rewire you from insecure to God secure to help others get from regret-riddled to better-because-of-it grace, from afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly grace. Lucado says "grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off!"
Today, when you let God's grace happen, you will receive a new heart and a right spirit within! Now, activate that power and let grace WIN the day!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed
Interim Executive Director