Go in Grace and Peace
by Christine Carter
As I write this, I can feel the hopefulness of spring rising up from the ground, restoring life to the ashes. As the snow melts, and the green grass peeks through, sprouts of hope promise a new tomorrow.
‘The past cannot be changed, but the future is whatever you want it to be’, a quote from a heart shaped magnet I gave my dad as a 12-year-old suddenly comes to my mind. That is what God’s grace is like. We think we can’t take another step, or live another moment bearing what we have born, and He wakes us up for another day, the sun shines, the ice melts, and a sprig of hope grows up from underneath.
We are still breathing, and the sun is peeking through the clouds. Sometimes we have to let go of everything we know and take hold of the Love of God with everything we’ve got. God’s love is not thwarted by anything. He can take us through and beyond what we never imagined we would experience in this life, and still say ‘I have a plan for you.’
‘We are pressed down but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.’ – (2 Cor. 4:8-9)
We have never been abandoned. Even when the pain we feel is great, the sadness immense, the burdens heavy, He is still there, sitting beside us.
He is merciful, and the sun still shines down on us. Today, I accept these glimmers of hope, the quiet away from the noise, the sunshine and the patches of green. I accept His grace, I accept His purpose.
‘He will renew our strength. We will mount up with wings like eagles. We will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not faint.’ – (Is. 40:31)
Hold fast to His promises, ‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) And ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland.’ (Is. 43:19)
Hold fast, my friends. Go in His grace and peace.
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.