He is in YOU!
Dear Grace Family,
My habit every morning is to get up, start a cup of coffee on my little Keurig, then take it out to my patio to do my bible study and get in some early morning time with God. And each day as I pour cream into my freshly brewed cup, I bemoan the fact that the 6 oz mark makes it too strong, and the 8 oz mark fills the cup so much I can’t get it light enough for my taste.
I’ve come to resent the fact that I have to pour a little of the precious brew out in order to make it exactly the way I like it. It’s a waste for one thing, and I only allow myself so much and want every last drop! Oh, the conundrum. Waste it or enjoy it a bit less.
When I get to thinking about it, how great is it that God is blessing me with more than I can use? Instead of grumbling, I should be giving thanks for my situation. I have the ability every single morning to taste and enjoy something I love, sit in my little yard in peace and safety, and talk to Him.
There have been times in my life when I didn’t have the luxury of being able to afford a cup of coffee in the morning, nor did I have a comfortable and quiet place to savor it. But as human nature often leads us to do, I have become complacent and unaware of the daily miracles and blessings in my life. Shame on me! I do take some comfort in the fact that I’m not alone in this bad behavior, even as I acknowledge my need to change it.
My weekly bible study is taking me through the journey the Israelites took when freed from bondage and slavery in Egypt. Instead of being grateful to God for His intervention in their lives, they continued to grouse and groan over the difficulty of the trip, the lack of savory food or easily obtained water. They were witness to miracles as He parted the Red Sea so they could escape, provided fresh, sweet water when they needed it, and even ensured they had a daily (if somewhat repetitious) ration of nutritious and life-sustaining food.
Still they grumbled, longing for the ‘good old days’ forgetting that meant being held in slavery to an evil and godless King, forced to work at difficult tasks and under the hands of cruel and uncaring masters. They had become so conditioned to having everything provided for them, they forgot what it was costing them. It may have been awful, but at least it was something they knew.
And they were blind to the miracles God was providing daily – a cloud cover to travel under during the day, and fire in the sky to light their way by night. Instead of looking at the good, they started to anticipate what “could” happen. And so, like we often do, they lost trust in God despite the miraculous way He had delivered them from the hands of their captors.
It’s easy for us to judge their behavior and think we would never act the same way, but… do we? How many times do we take for granted the little blessings of God, instead obsessing over the things we see as obstacles? How quickly we lose sight of the fact that everything we have is provided by Him, and every problem is under His care and control.
We have to change our thinking in order to change our life. Philippians 4:8 gives us the perfect recipe to do just that. Instead of ruminating about all the bad things that could happen or all the horrible things that have been done to us, how about we “Fix our thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all we can praise God for and be glad about.”
You know what’s most incredible about that instruction? If we consciously make the decision to fix our eyes on the good instead of the bad, our thinking starts to clear up – and so does our vision. When we stop complaining and allowing fear or (worse yet) entitlement to direct our thoughts, our whole perspective changes. Because no matter what, there is always more good than bad. That’s just how much God loves us.
As for me and the saga of my morning coffee. When I stopped focusing on the little inconsequential inconvenience, I realized that all I needed was a bigger cup to hold God’s blessing.
Be blessed my Grace family, God is on the throne!
- We are in need of a teacher for Kingdom Kids one Sunday per month. Our children are our most valuable resource, so please prayerfully consider this assignment. You can get more information from Pastor Eric or Pastor Bobbie
- This Tuesday Women's Bible Study will start back up at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We will be going through Priscilla Shirer's "One In A Million." The book is available on Amazon, but not necessary to attend. Join us for a great time of fellowship, sharing and sharpening.
- Youth of the Nations is meeting live and in person on Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 pm, at Grace. Please enter through the D-street door.
- Men’s Bible Study, has moved to every THURSDAY night at 6:30 pm at the church. Led by Pastor Anthony Collins.
Thank you for your continued faithfulness in your tithes and offerings so we can maintain our ability to reach out to a needy world. You can give online at here, or mail your checks to 3144 N G Street, Suite 125 PMB 308 Merced, CA 95340.
Sr. Pastor Eric Domen has a passion for his flock, and for the community of Merced and beyond. His strength and leadership are only surpassed by his generosity and passion to evangelize. He holds a degree in Counseling, and has a heart for the people of our community. Pastor E resides in Merced with his wife and children.
Pastor Bobbie Frye is our Administrative Pastor. She has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and is a 3rd generation Foursquare Pastor. She is a writer and musician, and takes care of Womens Ministries and Worship Arts. She has a background in Procurement and Marketing, in addition to her pastoral experience. Pastor Bobbie resides in Merced.