Returning to grace

“Blessed be His perfect love! LORD, if Thou send me wealth like broad rivers, do not let the galley with oars come up in the shape of worldliness or pride. If Thou grant me abundant health and happy spirits, do not let “the gallant ship” of carnal ease come sailing up the flowing flood. If I have success in holy service, broad as the German Rhine, yet let me never find the galley of self-conceit and self-confidence floating on the waves of my usefulness. Should I be so supremely happy as to enjoy the light of Thy countenance year after year, yet let me never despise Thy feeble saints, nor allow the vain notion of my own perfection to sail up the broad rivers of my full assurance. LORD, give me that blessing which maketh rich and neither addeth sorrow nor aideth sin.” – Spurgeon 

If not for His mercy and grace!…

I’m grateful for God’s forms of exposure.

His exposure keeps me safe. 

Isn’t always pleasant – but always useful and meant to complete the work He has started in me.

I pray, whenever the exposure reveals something about me that isn’t praiseworthy – be it worldliness, pride, carnal ease, conceit, self-confidence, vanity, idolatry, callousness, selfish ambition – that I will be quick to turn back. And return to grace.

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Live. Love. Learn. Laugh. Write. Draw. Colour. Blend. Play. Dream. Cry. Reflect. Pray. Sing. Worship. Bake. Cook. Rest. Give thanks.

3 comments

  1. Carol Lam

    Hi Wens, Trust that this finds you and yours well at this time. We are about to enter fall with a bang here as Thanksgiving is just one week away. Great time to gather with family and friends from afar before we get snowed in for yet another winter. Am certain you have a vague recollection of that feeling from the year that you spent here with us Ottawans. Certainly are far better off staying at home in Singapore!

    How is your health these days? Alright I hope! Are you overworking as usual?? Do you also celebrate Thanksgiving back home?

    We are about to celebrate Daisy Livingstone’s 90+ birthday back here at DC. She’s still quite the ‘live’ wire in many respects keeping the rest of us on our toes.

    Sooo, try not to work too hard!

    And always try to remember to smell the roses!!

    Peace, Carol

  2. Carol Lam

    Hi Wens, Trust that this finds you and yours well at this time. We are about to enter fall with a bang here as Thanksgiving is just one week away. Great time to gather with family and friends from afar before we get snowed in for yet another winter. Am certain you have a vague recollection of that feeling from the year that you spent here with us Ottawans. Certainly are far better off staying at home in Singapore!

    How is your health these days? Alright I hope! Are you overworking as usual?? Do you also celebrate Thanksgiving back home?

    We are about to celebrate Daisy Livingstone’s 90+ birthday back here at DC. She’s still quite the ‘live’ wire in many respects keeping the rest of us on our toes. I just love it!!

    Well take good care of yourselves Wendy! May our loving Lord Jesus Christ continue to look down on us in a merciful manner!

    Peace, Carol

    • Hi Carol!

      Thanks for visiting this little space! We are well, thanks – trust that you are too 🙂 Ha, I never got the best of Ottawa’s winter, so I can only imagine what it might be like from my short experience of first frost, relatively warm weather at -15 deg C, and getting half-blown away by the wind…

      My health hasn’t been too bad at all, thanks for remembering! Oh, I just read from Daisy recently – please tell her I said Blessed Birthday! 🙂 God has given her extraordinary strength, and a passion for Him that seems to only get stronger every year.

      Take care too!
      Wens

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