Category: Rachel Thorne
I have no catchy title or opening line for this article because grace needs no formal introduction. It is in itself something beautiful. It is one of the hardest concepts for some people to grasp but one of the most wonderful realities to behold.
Grace, by definition is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” Most people love to hear the word free, but if you have much experience with it, many times the word deviously hides stipulations and requirements. Grace however has no conditions, only that you fully accept it. You don’t have to earn it or try and understand why it is allotted to you. It is freely given because it was paid for by the blood of Christ.
To be transparent, I too have struggled … Read More »
In my reading not long ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a simple, yet powerful concept. That morning, I opened my heart a little wider as I re-opened a gift that was purchased long ago. I’m not sure why it never stood out to me, but depending on the tense where forgiveness is used, “give” and “gave” are found in the word itself.
Forgiving is the intentional act of not harboring hurt and hate or feeling like you are owed something. Rather it is a choice you make to give, even in the face of crippling offenses. It is a decision to give another chance, to love, to turn the other cheek, and to let go.
When you forgive, you stop expecting the other person to compensate. Instead you offer love in the face of what scarred you most. … Read More »
If you have ever traveled for a long period of time, you know how important it is to find a place to rest when night falls. On a summer road trip with a friend a couple years ago, one of the highlights was being gifted the opportunity to stay in a five star, luxury hotel. I wanted to hug every staff member, guest, and wall because I was so blissfully happy. We had complimentary valet parking, a view of the city, a lavish room with all the amenities and charms, fruit infused water, and other normally unnecessary features. We were living large to say the least.
This stay was not the usual though. Along my journeys I have checked into some spaces that had me questioning the human race and security of those particular cities. It was less than perfect and … Read More »
“The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination.”
If you own a vehicle or have been inside of one, there is a pretty good chance you have encountered one of my least favorite things aside from Satan himself. This more than annoying thing is traffic. I face it almost every day and have on more than many occasions found myself beating my steering wheel or passing the time listening to Spanish music I don’t understand or waving at unsuspecting truck drivers. You don’t have to read between the yellow lines to know that traffic can bring damage to more than just vehicles.
On my commute not long ago, I was routinely frustrated with the miles of red lights in front of me when the Lord spoke into my road blocked heart.
“Would you still praise Me … Read More »
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Working with children, although challenging, can also be so incredibly rewarding. I witnessed a child’s first steps not long ago. How blessed I felt that out of the billions of paces he will take in his lifetime, I got to be an observer of the paramount one. He was seemingly unfazed by the tiny maneuver his feet made but it meant so much to those around him. He could not fully grasp the significance of what he had just accomplished, but his tiny step made a lasting imprint on a pathway in my mind.
I watched as he staggered and fell time after time after walking on his … Read More »