GREETINGS FROM GRACE HOME
We love to share information about Grace Home with everyone and anyone we can. We are even more grateful for the opportunity to show Grace Home to all who come to visit, to see for themselves, what we are all about. Everyone who comes here shares with us that words alone cannot describe what they actually see and experience while they are here. God’s presence is felt by all. Behind the scenes what is actually happening revolves around the greatest of all the commandments.
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
God commands that we love one another as we love ourselves. We all experience some degree of love from others on a daily basis. It may be reflected in a smile, a kind word or through compassion for those in need. When the love of Christ is in our hearts, love naturally shines through us to others. What an enjoyable, comforting feeling we get when we think of these things. The world of addiction is a world where love, for the most part, does not exist. It is a world where the focus of each individual is “only” on one’s self and the fleshly desires common to us all. A world that operates based on a value system of greed, manipulation, lying, seduction, secrecy and self satisfaction. Satisfaction never comes, however, because there is never enough. There is very little light in this world, mostly darkness. Any possible glimmer of light is overshadowed by the darkness that will inevitably follow. There might be brief bouts of intermittent, superficial joy, followed always by overwhelming pain, suffering and intense sorrow, shame and guilt. In this world there can be no love for others as there is no love in the afflicted person’s heart, especially for themselves. Those in addiction live in this world day after day getting further and further into the darkness until prayerfully, one day, our precious Savior says: “My child – come to me”.
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him
with His hand.”
Each lady that comes to Grace Home has lived in this world of darkness. The Lord calls them, divinely leading them to Grace Home with the purpose of restoring their lives; to give them the opportunity to be everything He designed them to be, in Him. Through the studying, preaching, and teaching of God’s word, the opportunity of time set aside to diligently seek the Lord, and the chance to actually apply God’s word in every day life situations, the ladies are literally transported out of the world of darkness into His marvelous light. Their minds are renewed and their hearts are opened to be able to receive the love of Christ. Once the love of Christ is in them, only then, are they able to learn to love themselves and others. This is what Grace Home is all about. Praise the Lord!!!!
We have had a beautiful summer this year. Although we have had some of our normal “very hot” weather, we have also had many, many days of rain providing cooling off periods in between the hot spells. The ladies have been working hard no matter what the elements have brought, persevering through it all. Many of our ladies have never before experienced mowing a lawn or planting a garden. At first, some believe they can not possibly do it physically. As they put their trust in the Lord and pray for strength, they learn that through Him ALL things are possible. The effects of this reality carry over to other aspects of their lives. It gives them hope and confidence that other things they thought were impossible, are indeed possible through Christ.
The lord continues to bless us in so many ways:
- For the second year in a row the Episcopal Church Women Diocese of South Carolina has chosen us as their project of the year for 2013-2014. No words can express the gratitude in our hearts for this gift from God.
- Through the kindness and generosity of the “James E. and Mildred Waggoner Foundation”, we were able to replace our twelve year old raggedy, torn, dark dining room carpet, with absolutely beautiful, bright new tile. The difference is striking. It is thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all who enter the facility.
- Dr. David Brien has officially joined our staff team, providing counseling for our ladies. Dr. Brien had been with us previously as a volunteer for almost ten years, coming weekly to meet with the ladies. He left us when he retired and moved away from the area. Obviously, God had other plans for him. We thank God for bringing him back to us.
- Many individuals and churches continue to share their God given blessings with us. It never ceases to amaze us that whenever we need (or sometimes really want) something, it will show up at our door. It reminds us that God truly is in control of this ministry—in the big things and the little things.
All of these things, and many more not mentioned, are major blessings for our ministry. It is “only” through this support that Grace Home is able to thrive as we continue to do the work God has called us to do. With all of our hearts, we are ever so grateful for each and every act of kindness shown to Grace Home. The value of your prayers, donations, support provided to us by way of your time and talents, and most importantly, your overwhelming love for us cannot be measured in worldly terms. They truly are treasures from Heaven. Thank you ALL!!!!!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Director of Operations