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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Megan & More Grace

Happy 24th birthday Megan! What an absolute joy you have been to me sweet one. 24 years ago, I entered the world of motherhood with your birth. I have watched you grow from a happy, precious, content little baby to a happy, precious, content young woman. You are a godly wife and mother and I couldn't be more proud of you. As I watch you seek after God and instill what you believe into those amazing 3 children you are raising, my heart is filled with joy. You are a blessing to me sweet girl.

I love you - Mama

And yes, for those of you who did the math, I had my oldest girls 12 months apart. And no, it wasn't planned =)

"Grace is God at work"

As my husband and I were watching a DVD last night, Louie Giglio made that statement. He said that is the best way he knows how to explain what grace is to people who don't have a clue. Grace has nothing to do with us. Grace is strictly about God and what He did.

I think that is why it is so hard for us to fully accept it without having that feeling of it being so undeserved. The fact of the matter is - it IS undeserved. We are NOT worthy. That is why it is grace. We can't understand it, because in reality we don't operate that way. We put conditions on our love and we put conditions on our 'good deeds'.
We expect something in return.

But that isn't how God operates. God transfered our sin to His Son at the cross. We don't have to do anything but believe and accept it. But when we fully understand it and we fully 'get it' - we want to do all we can to be worthy. We want to be sanctified. We want to be set apart. We want to live holy lives. We want to walk worthy of our calling.

I am so humbled and thankful for what Christ did for me at the cross. I know that I am undeserving and I know that I am unworthy. But He did for me, what I couldn't do for myself. I am thankful for His mercy and His forgiveness. I am thankful for reconciliation. I want to walk the rest of my days in holiness. I want to walk the rest of my days in His footsteps.

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" 2 Corinthians 5:21

Beth

14 comments:

Lisa said...

As the song goes, "There's no other word for grace but AMAZING!"
Blessings - Lisa

Yolanda said...

Beth,

Becoming sanctified because of all He did for me, is something that is on my heart day in and day out. He wanted what the world did not....ME.

Lovingly and many blessings as you celebrate your girls and that new grandson.

Yolanda

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday Megan. Me and my sister are 1 year and 364 days apart, so our birthdays are back to back as well.

Cricket said...

God's Grace is sufficient...and that's and understatement...

Happy Birthday to your Girls

Tessa

LisaShaw said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN!!

You are so blessed Beth as I know you know. You have a beautiful family.

My Granddaughters Layla and Rhianna are 14 months apart. One born June 2007 the other August 2008. WHEW!!! Their Mommy (our adult daughter) is blessed and tired :)

Love you

Misty said...

Have a happy birthday, Megan...and Beth, again, you are so blessed to have such a beautiful, loving, godly family.

Have a wonderful week! :o)

Laurie said...

"I think that is why it is so hard for us to fully accept it without having that feeling of it being so undeserved." So true. I sometimes stop and just think about heaven and think, "God, I don't deserve to be there with You one day." Then I can only think of the Cross and God's amazing love. He loves the same whether we are true to Him or not. That always humbles and confounds me.
Love and blessings!

Joyful said...

Beth, thanks for visiting my blog. Lovely to 'meet' you.

Your blog design is beautiful. I have a degree in music so I feel right at home here :o)

Thankful for God's grace,
Joy

DeeDee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday... It really was a glorious day in the Lord!
Congratulations on the birthday of your precious daughter. They really are treasures from Heaven!
Sweet Blessingsdf

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A Stone Gatherer said...

Great post Beth, and a Happy Birthday to Megan!

TRUTHSHARER said...

April is a great month for a birthday!! Wow - at least God gave your girls each their own day.

Happy Birthday, sweet Megan!
Your Mama is the best!

Choosing JOY,
Stephanie
[kneeling in prayer]

Michele Williams said...

Wonderful post! I am truly amazed by His Grace! Thank you for sharing...

Happy Birthday to both of your girls!

God bless...

Jensmere said...

Such a sweet post, Beth...His grace is available for each day...especially when we don't deserve it.

Glad to be back with you...
Susan