Grace Hoarder…

Enjoy my friend Tracie Stier-Johnson who is graciously guest posting for me today.  I will be giving away a copy of Tracie’s new book, 31 Days of Forgiveness.  To be eligible to win, simply leave a comment below, or subscribe to this blog.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 9.  Be sure to check back to see if you won.

grace-and-mercyHello, my name is Tracie and I’m a grace hoarder.

Sound a little crazy? Let me explain …

In talking with different people and reading various posts and articles, I sometimes wonder if there’s something wrong with me. You see, I take and accept all the grace I can get my hands on! I’ve been promised it’s mine for the taking and so I take it.

But when I hear others say they aren’t worthy or deserving of God’s  crazy-wonderful gift of grace, it’s then I begin to question why I accept it so easily. Is it possible I take advantage of, or take grace for granted?

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4 {NLT}

And then I read His promises. And again and again, I’m reassured … there’s nothing wrong with  hoarding grace. Saving up, stockpiling, banking, and carefully guarding  what’s rightfully mine.

Does that sound selfish? I suppose it could. But I don’t think it is.

I believe those of us who deny His grace, His forgiveness, His gift, and  His sacrifice are letting the enemy rob us of the most extraordinary gift we’ll ever know.

While researching for my book, 31 Days of Forgiveness, 31 Days of Forgivenessthe top two questions I came across were whether or not God really  forgives us, and how we can forgive ourselves. It’s seems there are  countless people who are living with the belief they can’t really be  forgiven for their past sins and therefore are unable to forgive  themselves.

Friends, I’m here today — as a sinner of some  unspeakable and shameful acts — to assure you, this line of thinking is  exactly what satan wants for us to bury deep into our hearts and belief  systems.

I think it’s important to understand when we start  tucking these destructive thoughts into our belief system, we’re  actually putting ourselves before God. When we believe we aren’t worthy  of the forgiveness and grace we’ve been promised, we’re telling God, “No thank you. I’ve got this and don’t need You.”

That’s dangerous ground to be on my friends!

God sacrificed His son so we could live victoriously. There’s encouragement, hope, grace, forgiveness, and victory in His promises! Will you believe it today?

I’d like to close by sharing a couple of excerpts from 31 Days of Forgiveness:

“The things we’ve been through, even if they are shameful or destructive,  could very well be things God wants to use in our lives to help others.  And if we’re standing in the way of our forgiveness, healing, and  freedom, how can God do His work in our lives?

Wouldn’t we rather have God bring glory to those undesirable seasons in our lives?

The Bible tells us story after story after story of God’s love and  redemption. Many a prophet, king, and disciple sinned against God, yet  as soon as they repented, God provided restoration in their lives.

The same is true for us today.

God loves us. With an unconditional, unending, unfathomable love. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor  angles, or ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no  powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the  whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that  is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 {NCV}”

My name is Tracie and I’m a grace hoarder. How about you?

tracie stier-johnsonTracie is a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters.  She’s passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life,  living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around  her to believe in better. She is the author of 31 Days of Faith {finding joy in your anguish} and 31 Days of Forgiveness {through the eyes of grace}. You can find chronicles of her journey in this life at TracieStierJohnson.com

14 thoughts on “Grace Hoarder…

  1. Natasha Alford says:

    I was just speaking with my mother this morning, who lives in Colorado, and reading this reminds me of her. She has been hurt many times in her past and today I was trying to encourage her that her of God’s unfailing love, grace, mercy and ofcourse hope. Thanks Rivera for allowing Tracie to be your guest for this post and thanks again Rivera for another great encouraging read.

  2. Carol McCall says:

    I am abundantly thankful for God’s gift of grace and receive it with deep joy. At the same time, I try to guard myself from being too casual about the high price our Lord Jesus paid so that I can receive this amazing gift. Our Lord Jesus Christ shed His precious blood so we can be forgiven and receive grace. May we receive what God has provided for us and respond by living lives characterized by grace – extending grace generously to others.

  3. GodGirl says:

    Great post! I too have wondered if I’m too ‘indulgent’ when it comes to grace. But this post certainly gives me permission to enjoy it, and praise God for it!

  4. tammy marley says:

    ILove reading these post. it’s such a joy to read these post.if im down these post always make me feel good.

  5. Susan says:

    I use to get stuck on forgiving myself and allowing myself to feel God’s grace. My attitude about God changed from a punishing God to a loving compassionate guiding God. My earthly brain and heart bought in to the idea of punishing myself for falling short of God’s grace. I now live a more compassionate loving life and those around me. Thank you for the wonderful blog post.

    1. tracie stier-johnson says:

      thank you for your honesty susan! it’s so hard for our human minds and hearts to understand a never-ending, unfathomable love. without God, we don’t have that capacity and so it’s hard to wrap our heads around it. i’m so thankful He spelled it out for us and i’m so thankful i’ve finally grasped it! 🙂

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