GREETINGS FROM GRACE HOME
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might
have life, and that they might have it
The phrase “and that they might have it more abundantly” begs the question----what does “more abundantly” mean? As we grow as Christians we experience firsthand what it means to each of us as an individual. The blessings that flow into our lives as the result of our love for, and obedience to the Lord enrich our lives beyond anything we could have hoped for. The peace we maintain during our times of trial and tribulation is a peace that cannot be explained. Even the pruning and discipline the Lord imposes upon us gives us a warm feeling of gratitude knowing it is because of His great love for us. We learn that there is no limit to the “abundant life” He so generously showers over us.
Grace Home ladies come to us broken and downtrodden. Many of the ladies have been brought up in Christian homes, having known Jesus their whole lives, yet have drastically drifted away from Him. Some of our ladies know about Jesus or of Him, but know nothing about having an intimate/personal relationship with Him. Very few of our ladies, if any, can relate at all to an “abundant life” through Him. All hope of a fulfilling life worth living has been snuffed out. As the ladies begin their journey at Grace Home, they are uncertain about what to expect. They listen as senior ladies share their renewed hope and their plans for the future. They learn the word of God that promises them a new life as a new creation in Christ. They hear it but they can’t relate to it at that point. As their journey continues, the Lord reveals things to them, heals them, gives them wisdom to understand and to open their eyes, and most importantly, He convicts them of their wrongdoing. We encourage the ladies to do the “right thing” in all things, starting with the littlest of things: follow the rules at Grace Home, handle conflicts with love as opposed to defense, judgment and condemnation, put others before themselves, etc. We teach them that obedience always brings blessings. Disobedience always brings consequences. As they grow in knowledge of the Word and apply what they’ve learned into their lives (even in the littlest of things) they begin to experience the power of God: they begin to recognize the presence and purpose of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The Lord continues to reach out to them calling them closer and closer to Him. They are on their way to experiencing “the abundant life” the Lord has promised to each of us. From that point forward, it is all about them continuing their journey to become more like Christ, resisting the temptation of satan, and making the choice, in all things, to do the right thing, in the little things and the big things, that life brings our way.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3
Grace Home is a prime example of God’s provision in abundance, in all things. The past several months have been mostly consumed with harvesting our gardens, then canning and freezing everything for the upcoming year. Our freezers are overflowing and our pantry is more than adequately stocked for the year. It literally felt like there would be no end. Thank You Lord!!!! The ladies are amazed at the entire process relative to the amount of work it takes to maintain/harvest the gardens, to preserve everything in various ways and then to experience the great sense of accomplishment in the end with our beautiful and tasty jams, pickles, salsas, garden vegetables, etc. It truly is one of the most rewarding undertakings the Lord has blessed us with. In addition, our grounds have never looked more beautiful than they have this year. A lot of hard work and a lot of love have been poured into creative beautification and diligent maintenance activities. Clearly, the Lord has His hands on every detail of Grace Home’s existence. We are ever so grateful to Him every day for every lady He brings to us, for every heart He changes, for every life He transforms, for every blessing He bestows upon us, and most of all, for His great love for us that never ends. We never forget, nor take for granted, that all of this is possible only through all of you who support us in so many different ways. We thank all of you with all our hearts and pray that you are blessed as much, and more than the blessings you so generously provide to us.
“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
Director of Operations