GREETINGS FROM GRACE HOME
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-3
God’s timing is perfect, always. God’s plan for each one of us is perfect. The only barrier to our achieving God’s plan for us is that “we” are not perfect. Knowing this, God is faithful. He has promised us that His grace is sufficient for us and that His power will be made perfect in our weakness. In addiction, our weaknesses have taken us far into the miry pit; for many of us, it has taken us to the brink of the grave. By the Grace of God “only”, have we been plucked out of the pit and set upon the rock of Grace Home.
We know it is God’s will for each of our ladies to be brought to Grace Home, by His divine appointment, specifically for that particular time. It is the time that the Heavenly Father has called them to be given the opportunity to draw closer to Him. God reveals Himself in so many ways at Grace Home that the ladies see firsthand that He is involved in every detail of our lives, big and small. They are encouraged to trust Him, and to turn to Him, with everything. God answers many of their prayers while they are here. In awe, they experience the power of God in their lives and for the first time, they know that they know “it is God”. These experiences fortify their ability to continue to turn things over to God and relinquish the feeling that they need to be in control of every situation in their lives, especially those they have no control over. The next step is for the ladies to recognize and believe that even if they don’t see immediate results, God is in control and working in their lives consistent with His will, His timing, not theirs. Another victory in Jesus!
People have commented over the years that our ten week program is not long enough. The question comes to mind; What is the right amount of time? Many of our ladies have been in one or more other addiction programs for various lengths of time ranging from one month to a year or more. These experiences may have provided many things such as length of sobriety, education, etc. but not total deliverance. Bottom line is that, for all of us, much of our journey is determined by the decisions and choices we make on a daily basis. These choices may come into play relative to whether our journey takes eleven days or forty years. However, we know that when we diligently continue to strive towards denying ourselves, seeking the Lord, walking with Him in obedience and trusting Him consistently, God will hear our prayers. He will direct our paths as we go through everything we need to go through to get us to where He wants us to be, to glorify Him All of it, in His timing!
As the year is coming to a close, we look back and see the magnificence of God’s love for the ministry through the love of all His children who have touched us in so many ways. There is so much to be grateful for.
- Our homecoming was filled with enthusiasm and love as we celebrated God’s precious gift of Grace Home. Great food and fellowship was enjoyed by all 150+ people followed by an “on fire for the Lord” worship service in our chapel. There was no denying God’s presence and delight throughout the day.
- Ms. Nita was recognized by the Mason’s organization with the “Spirit Award” for her dedication to helping the ladies that come through Grace Home. What a great surprise and great honor!
- The “James E. and Mildred Waggoner Foundation”, for the third year in a row, provided funding that enabled us to replace household items that we were in desperate need of due to wear and tear over many years. This year we replaced our old dining room chairs that were disintegrating before our eyes. After an extensive search we found the most beautiful and well manufactured chairs ever. Our dining room now truly has the look and feel of home. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for all the foundation has provided for us.
- Once a lady comes through Grace Home, it is always a part of them. Although they leave to go on to the next step of their journey, they take Grace Home with them in their hearts. Our past graduates are so deeply grateful for the part Grace Home has played in their new lives in Christ. Many, as they are able, show their appreciation by giving back to the ministry in numerous ways year over year. Some of the contributions are in the form of monetary support, others provide much needed repairs/improvements, and still others come in providing something special for us as their way of showing their gratitude and love. All are donations from the heart. Every contribution the ladies make is greatly appreciated and crucial in the ongoing support of the ministry. What a great witness for the Lord!
In all things, we are so extremely blessed by so very many people. God’s love pouring into the ministry through those that love Him is never ending. It takes each and every one of you to make the ministry what it has been, what it is and what it is going to be in the future. We never, ever take that for granted as we thank God for each and every one of you. We thank you all from deep in our hearts and we love you! May God bless you all, Always!
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:…” Romans 12:4-6
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