GREETINGS FROM GRACE HOME
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can
compare with you;
were I to speak
and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
is vitally important to remember on a continual basis how awesome, how
wonderful, how powerful our God, our Father is.
We see evidence of His omnipotence through all the wondrous gifts He gives to us. Each and every day
we are blessed to experience the wonders of all His creation. It is forever there
for us to see, touch, smell, admire and enjoy.
How awesome He is. In addition, we
have “The Word of God” through the living Bible. Who could fathom the creation of such a
mastery of works from so many authors over such an incredible period of time
coming together as the masterpiece that it is?
It is the instruction book of life that was the truth from the beginning
of time, is the truth now, and will be the only truth through to the end of
time. How wonderful It is. On top of all this, the Lord blesses us with
the Holy Spirit, Sweet Salvation and
Eternal Life. We certainly did not do anything, nor is
there anything we could possibly do, to deserve these gifts from above. God gives us these things as an act of His grace
because of His great love for us. How overwhelmingly awesome, wonderful and
powerful is that? Every single day “we
need” to acknowledge these things and give Him unending praise and thanks, all
to His glory!!
those who believe, seek, deny themselves and pick up their cross daily to
follow Him will have any comprehension at all of what a wonderful life He
intended for all of us. This troubled
world makes it difficult, at best, to remotely be everything that God designed
us to be. It is by divine appointment of
the Lord that each lady is chosen to come to Grace Home. Once they are here, Grace Home provides the
opportunity for those who are lost beyond hope in their addiction, to be
redeemed. The ladies learn about
justification, sanctification, and glorification with the promise that they
will see God face to face. The Lord
works in amazing ways in the ladies lives according to each of their specific
and unique needs. We watch as He reveals
the barriers and challenges each lady faces that prevents them from having that
close intimate relationship with Him that they so desperately need. Whether it be anger, resentment, anxiety, unforgiveness
for themselves or others, etc., they learn that these things are what is
separating them from God. Until they
acknowledge these things, identify the bad behaviors they’ve adopted for
dealing with them, and make the changes necessary to conquer these obstacles,
they can not receive everything the Lord has for them. The hard part is making the behavioral
changes of bad behaviors that have become an intrinsic part of who they are. As they grow in the knowledge and love of the
Lord, He leads them through the transformation.
Their heart softens. They are
convicted of what they must do. As they
seek the Lord for guidance, He shows them the way and provides the strength to
do what they need to do. It starts with
the little things, such as holding their tongue or handling a conflict in a
loving way. The Lord blesses what they
are doing. The ladies grow closer to Him
as they experience the rewards of their righteousness. This is the breakthrough required for them to
turn their lives around. As the ladies
continue to grow closer to the Lord, they become more righteous and obedient to
Him, wanting to please Him. The key is
that it is a process. It does not happen
overnight. By the time the ladies leave
Grace Home they know what they have to do; the foundation has been laid. The seeds have been planted. No matter what they go through when they
leave---The ladies know that they know.
They have the chance to be delivered and to be set free. From that point forward, it is all about
their choices, every day. Thank you Lord
for Grace Home!
New Year has gotten off to a running start.
Our gardens are planted with onions, potatoes, peas, etc. Our roses and hydrangeas are budding. The birds are singing. Signs of spring are everywhere. Even a February ice storm could not destroy
our efforts to prepare for this year’s victories. Losing heat, light, and water for four days
did slow us down a bit however. Can you
imagine fifteen ladies without heat, lights and water for even one day? God did provide everything we needed and
showed us, once again in so many ways, just how much He loves us. We thank all of you who were there to help us
with this year getting off to a great start, of significant note is:
Ø Praise the Lord!
For the third year in a row, we have received a grant from the “James E.
and Mildred Waggoner Foundation”. This
year we will use the money to replace our chairs in the dining room. The chairs we have left now are thirteen
years old. They are literally
disintegrating before our eyes from extensive use over the years. The foundation has been a “major” blessing
for us, beyond anything we could have imagined.
Words can not express the gratitude in our hearts for their support in
such a big way. God is so good, all the
time, in “ALL” ways!!
Ø Clara J. Boone retired at the end of 2013 after 10+ years
at the ministry. We thank her for her vast
contribution to the ministry. We miss
her and wish God’s blessings for her as she enjoys her golden years.
Ø Judy Ball has joined us as Ms. Clara’s
replacement. Judy has been an avid
supporter of the ministry for many years along with her husband, Pastor Gene
Ball. We are blessed beyond measure to
have Judy (and Pastor Ball) in our lives on a daily basis.
One of the most amazing
blessings of all continues to be the unending, ever increasing support from all
of you who love God and love the ministry.
Every donation, every kind deed, every prayer is appreciated more than
words can express. May God bless you
whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns,
evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
Director of Operations