“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
“The more grateful I am the more abundant I feel.”
Keep saying this affirmation and notice the positive
effects it has on your day. Robert Holden
Do you have moments when you feel the presence of grace is so palpable that you can touch it? Imagine this: Every night we go to bed, there is no guarantee that we will see the sun rise the following morning or the comfort of our bed the following night. Yet, we retire each night with a spirit of grace and acceptance that all will be well … and it usually is. Each breath we take during the night and thereafter represent moments of infinite grace. We inhale and exhale unspoken blessings that are showered on us regardless of our beliefs. And each of those breath moments can be an opportunity to encourage and bless others… I’ll share an example in a story/incident below.
“I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn’t something left in life of charm and grace.” Margaret Mitchell
“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Diahann, one of my closest friends, and I met at The Metropolitan Museum this afternoon. We had planned to see the special exhibit; a fashion retrospective – Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. It was planned weeks ago and the day had arrived and we were excited. We agreed to meet by the information booth and as far I was concerned, all was set as planned. I got ready, grabbed some fruit, and headed to my car. I drove off, calculating in my head how long it’d take me to get to E 82nd St.
As I a turned a sharp corner in the road, my car banked left then right and in a flash, I thought it would spin out of control. My little car groaned in terror as the brakes screeched into action, refusing to yield to what appeared to me as a forgone conclusion – an accident in the making with me in a ditch. But it didn’t happen that way. Instead, my car steadied itself as I released the brakes and uttered a prayer. What I felt in that moment was the presence of infinite grace. I was very grateful, and said a quiet thank you before continuing my trip. We all have these moments every day; when we drop a glass jam jar that doesn’t break, when we narrowly avoid hitting our head on something sharp, when we find that parking spot or special deal, when we receive/offer help when most needed… with it must come a grateful thank you! May we all embrace that grace. More below.
“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Jackie Winspear
“Learn to limit yourself; to content yourself with some definite work; dare to be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not; and to believe in your own individuality.” Henri Frederic Amiel
Grace by Forrest Hamer via Famouspoetsandpoems
This air is flooded with her. I am a boy again, and my mother
and I lie on wet grass, laughing. She startles, turns to
marigolds at my side, saying beautiful, and I can see the red
there is in them.
When she would fall into her thoughts, we’d look for what
distracted her from us.
My mother’s gone again as suddenly as ever and, seven months
after the funeral, I go dancing. I am becoming grateful.
Breathing, thinking, marigolds
Even though Forrest wrote this poem about his mother, I am, in my mind, inserting my father in the words as the anniversary of his death is here. I admired my dad a lot; he was my first hero and his death was a huge blow to all of us. Yet, I have found that his blessings, his advice, his wisdom and his benevolence remain present in my life. There is an infinite grace that touches me when I remember him. And the love he had for us, though unspoken, is present in many ways and moments. I believe we all have these connections with our loved ones and when we remember them, somewhere out there, we are also being remembered… with grace.
Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? How do you see grace in your life? What do you think grace means? What infinite moments of blessings have you noted in your life? Do share! Thank you. :-)
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)
Positive Motivation Tip: Take some time to observe the infinite moments of grace in your life and share your goodwill by blessing others.
- Grace (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- A State of Grace (jodiebethinhercrystalroom.com)
- Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (richardangulo.wordpress.com)
- Embracing Gratitude and Valuing the Things We Have (joyofspa.com)
- Grace (un-scripted.net)
- The Grace of God (tos4god.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: The Infinite Grace In Moments… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- God gives grace and peace (gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com)