I was loved and raised by parents devoted to the Pentecostal faith. Prayer in our home was common, and rarely did we miss a church service. Mom and Dad exampled (and still do) a life of service in the kingdom of God. I am indeed blessed with a godly heritage!
I’ve heard of God’s grace and mercy all my life. I struggled when younger to understand the difference. My assumption was I was granted “grace and mercy” when I messed up—when I sinned. To me, they were a team, forgiving and overlooking my faults when I erred. It took a while for me to wrap my mind around grace and mercy being different. I finally understood when they were simply and clearly explained as follows:
“Mercy” is not getting what one deserves. It is an act of being spared from judgement, so when I sin, God in His mercy doesn’t react immediately with judgement. Instead, He continues to love me and forgive me when I admit my wrong. I liken this to the time I was pulled over for speeding by an officer of the law. I had been talking with a passenger and hadn’t paid close attention to my speed. The kind officer warned me to slow down then sent me on my way. He was merciful. I didn’t have to pay a fine!
“Grace” is getting what one does not deserve. God grants us favor—and we haven’t done anything to deserve it. I’m reminded of the time I was driving to work when a car next to me lost control and caused a bad accident. How I was not involved in that accident is a mystery to me, except for grace. God protected me by His grace!
Grace is getting what I don’t deserve. I am blessed in so many ways! I have to agree with the phrase, “By His grace, I am what I am.”
Melody Reever, Editor
November 26th 2018 @ 12:25 PM
Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.” I am not a worrier by nature. I am more of the glass is half-full, keep the faith, optimistic Pollyanna person. But, oh, how I have learned to worry!
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October 29th 2018 @ 8:04 PM
I saw God recently.
I was at church on a recent Sunday morning and my seven-month-old baby girl, Elyse, wasn’t feeling well. My mom “just happened” to mention that Elyse might have an ear infection and suggested I take her to an urgent care. When I arrived at the urgent care, I noticed there “just happened” to be an EMT (emergency medical technician) team there taking care of …Read More +
September 4th 2018 @ 3:35 PM
Ever go on a long trip and end up somewhere totally unexpected—a place you didn’t even know existed? Life can be like that! We can be traveling along on our intended route, our secure destinations in mind, when God redirects the whole map, GPS, and Bluetooth commands. Such was our life’s journey redirected, when we lost our only child and amazing daughter, Ember Michelle Meadows. (Her name still makes …Read More +
July 2nd 2018 @ 8:50 AM
Am I dying? Am I really, really sick? Or just scared?
As I sat gasping, hallucinating from a high fever, a jet glided in from the blue sky. After a few minutes, I lay strapped to a narrow gurney on the plane being examined by a Kenyan doctor as the plane ascended over Mt. Kilimanjaro to medivac me to Nairobi, Kenya. As soon as the plane leveled off, …Read More +
June 19th 2018 @ 10:17 AM
There are days when life is normal. Then there are days when something happens that changes your life in an instant. This was one of those days. My husband and I had been hoping for a sweet bundle of joy for eight years, but with no success. We’d encountered disappointments, but still had no sweet little thing to hold and call our own. Until this one day, when everything …Read More +