Hope & Grace

I thought long and hard about a new title for our blog, and it hit me in the shower last night.

Hope & Grace

Our Hope is in Christ, and in God's daily provision for everything we need. Everything that is good.

Grace is what has saved us from our sinful hearts and minds. Grace is what comes between us and God when the accuser will begin listing our wrongs. All God will see is Grace - Jesus' blood covering us and making us clean. That is why we continue to have Hope, not just for now but in a future beyond the grave.

They are also our daughter's middle names. Some of the most important work God has us here to do is to grow, nurture, teach, and enjoy these amazing blessings He has given us. And we certainly will need Him every step of the way.

I just can't think of a more encompassing theme for our family. Hope and Grace. A relationship started in the Hope of the future, and growing in God day by day through the Grace He pours out on us.

There are countless verses on Hope and Grace, but I picked a couple of my favorites:

From Romans, speaking of our future Hope amid present suffering (of which we American Christians know very little):

For in this Hope we are saved. But Hope that is seen is no Hope at all. Who Hopes for what they already have? But if we Hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

From 2 Corinthians, Paul speaking of his thorn in his flesh, and about delighting in our weakness:

"My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

That's really all I had to say today. There is a lot going on in our household, but by coming to God daily we are living in His unexplainable Peace despite the present storm. His Power IS made perfect in weakness. And we have Love and Grace to give one another because our Source is a never-ending wellspring of both.

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His Grace we should become heirs according to the Hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:3-7

PS - Almost 22 weeks! Everything is going terrific. We had our anatomy ultrasound a few weeks ago, and everything was perfect, praise God! And Shelby is just a hoot, copying new words and activities every day. She has 13 1/2 teeth (one is in the process of coming in right now). She naps now too … but that is a blog for another day ...

Victoria Grace - Approximately 11 oz.
Shelby Hope - Approximately 23 lbs ;-)