I’m so grateful Jesus enables me to change, one groaning effort at a time, and I’m thankful for those folks in my life who have given me the space and time to change. It’s easy (but not loving) to view a person in one light and mentally lock that person into never being different. When that happens, even if the individual changes, she might feel bound to her old behavior when in our predetermined presence.
Grace is a liberating quality—no, let me restate that. Grace is a required quality for family members, mates, moms, servants, and friends. Grace is a wide space, acreage full of forgiveness, humility, acceptance, safety, and love. When I consider what great things the Lord has done for me, grace and friendships make me want to break out bags of confetti, kazoos, and my most outrageous party hat!
Excerpted from Glimmers of Grace © 2007 Women of Faith, Inc. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.