It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chapter 1, Page 18, Book 15



Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

John Newton


January 18th -  Love is grace

God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.

Henry W. Beecher

When we speak of God's grace, we mean all the good gifts we enjoy freely in life.  Grace is an undeserved free gift, undeserved favor, and undeserved love

God's grace is an active thing, not merely cutting us slack and granting us mercy, but working in our hearts and lives for good.  Grace means favor or goodwill. Grace is the kindness and love shown to one another.

We often say, I would likely have experienced or done the same bad thing if God had not been watching over me.  By the grace of God, things worked out.  Grace is the expression of divine love.

Grace is the easiest thing in the world to receive and I believe we are to use this gift when we see an opportunity to love others.  The amazing thing about this kind of love is its reciprocation. You can’t bestow love on anyone without reaping the benefits of that love for yourself. It doesn’t matter whether the one receiving it reciprocates it or not, for in essence in discovering how to love others we learn how to love ourselves.

Gifts That We Can Pass On to Others:

THE GIFT OF LISTENING

You must REALLY listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.

THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT

A simple and sincere,  You look great in red, or You did a super job or That was a wonderful meal, can make someone's day.

THE GIFT OF AFFECTION

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone; really, it's not that hard to say Hello or Thank You.

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, I love to laugh with you.

THE GIFT OF KINDNESS

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE

It can be a simple Thanks for the help note or a full sonnet.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE

There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

THE GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT

It costs nothing, it's easy to pass on, and its effects can be truly magical.  Find some aspect of another person's life in which he or she could use an encouraging word or three, and pass it on!
 
It is a challenge to extend grace to others when they have created their own troubles! 

Love is my decision to make your problem my problem.

Robert Schuller


5 comments:

jack69 said...
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jack69 said...

Great GIFTS, many we should try to use much more often than we do.

Love from here. We too had a son drop in for a visit. Surprise visits are nice.
We are seeing some SUN!

Mevely317 said...

So perfectly simple, I wonder why folks are so inclined to forget. Little things - especially pausing to listen - make such a difference!

TARYTERRE said...

Love all the gifts but my favorite is the Gift of Listening. It can make all the difference in the life of somebody.

betty said...

I liked all the gifts listed, but especially the gift of listening. I think a lot of trouble can be avoided if we just truly actively listened when someone spoke to us. I am so thankful too of the grace God extends to us.

Betty