The words of Matt Redman’s song “Your Grace Finds Me” are stuck on replay in my head: “I’ll be breathing in Your grace | and breathing out Your praise | breathing in Your grace | forever.”
For the past week, I have been breathing in God’s grace. Life has been difficult to say the least. There are some circumstances that scream for grace—divine influence upon the heart. I am so grateful it is available, abundant and free. It is mine for the asking.
Just this week my six-year-old granddaughter, Kalei, told me that she had found her name in her new Bible. “I found it three times,” she declared as if I didn’t believe her. I was a bit leery not recalling K-A-L-E-I in the Bible, but then I remembered that her middle name is “GRACE.” I assured her that her name is indeed found many times in the Bible.
And it is! Noah found grace. He gives us more grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. He who came from the Father was full of grace. Great grace was upon them all. Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. By grace you are saved.1 Need I go on?
God’s Word is full of grace—and so is God!
Grace has been described as God’s unmerited favor—that which I don’t deserve. And that is what I have been breathing in all week.
I don’t deserve that He would rescue me from myself. (I take in a breath of grace.)
I don’t deserve to be called His child when I don’t act like one. (Another breath of grace required.)
I don’t deserve that He would be patient with me who is so impatient. (Yet more grace needed.)
I don’t deserve to feel His love when I have been unlovable. (Breathing deeper for still more grace.)
I don’t deserve to be pardoned when I have judged another. (Now I’m gasping for grace.)
I truly don’t deserve His grace, but I have it anyway. (How can this be: grace upon grace!)
As one who knows and recognizes her neediness before God, I gladly breathe in His grace.
It soothes a weary soul with His presence.
It calms nerves stretched to breaking.
It cradles faith that buckled underneath the load.
It sets feet upright that didn’t stay on top of the water.
It refocuses eyes on Him that were fixed on circumstances.
It strengthens weak knees and hands that hung down.
It renews a mind that is drained from the ongoing attacks.
It refreshes a heart that fainted instead of praying.
It rekindles love for the One who never quits loving.
That, my friend, is breathing in grace. With every breath, grace fills the emptiness of this clay pot with God Himself. God and grace go together. When we find we have grace, we find we have God.
Breathing is a two-fold process—it takes in and it expels out. Grace in, praise out is what the song says. There are so many reasons to praise the Supplier of grace. What could be as natural as praising on the flip side of inhaling? Inhale a breath of grace—and exhale a breath of praise. It makes perfect sense!
So now we know—a natural breathing exercise for the child of God: grace in—praise out; grace in—praise out; grace in—praise out.
We must not forget the word: forever. Not just this week when I so desperately needed it, but next week too, and the next. And next month. And next year. And forever, “I’ll be breathing in Your grace, and breathing out Your praise, breathing in Your grace, forever, forever!”
Need some grace today? Why not give it a try and then just keep breathing! ~ Janie Kellogg
1Genesis 6:8; James 4:7; I Cor. 15:10; John 1:16; John 1:14; Acts 4:33; Romans 5:20; Ephesians 2:8