If I look back on my own journey with God so far I can so clearly see the hand of God in so many moments. There have been many lows. Times when hope was scarce and darkness surrounded. Other times have been times of growth and fullness. At the moment, as we transition from what has been to what will be, there are also ups and downs, with days of certainty and a few of doubt.

However, today as I asked Jesus to speak to me I was aware of his grace. His patience with me, even when I was getting it wrong. His forgiveness when I messed it all up. Today I am reminded of the many second chances I have had. My heart was full of gratitude for what God has done in my life, changing my story and bearing with me. Today, I am thankful.

I would also encourage to take a moment of look back. Identify the times when God’s grace upheld you and when his forgiveness made you whole. Look back… you may find that God’s grace was evident even when you did not notice at the time. The old hymn by Johnson Oatman Jr. sung so many times in my childhood tells us to count our blessings…

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]

Today I am learning to remember the times Jesus held on to me, even when I wandered away. Today I am learning that gratitude is a key feature of an abundant life. Today I am reminded to thank God for his grace.

“Jesus, thank you for Grace! Amen.”

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