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\\ G R A C I O U S \\ adjective | gra·cious | \ˈgrā-shəs\

Webster 1828: adjective [Latin gratiosus.]

1. Favorable; kind; friendly; as, the envoy met with a gracious reception.

2. Favorable; kind; benevolent; merciful; disposed to forgive offenses and impart unmerited blessings.

Merriam-Webster today:

very polite in a way that shows respect : having or showing the attractive things (such as charm, good taste, and comfort) that are associated with having a lot of money

obsolete : godly : merciful, compassionate —used conventionally of royalty and high nobility graciously adverb

Gracious. Today it's like something that people do that's really nice. You can see that in the second definition was well as how it's changed. The sad thing is sometimes, if at all, it doesn't go too much further beyond that.

Gracious of course comes from the word grace. Grace is defined both as, "a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward" and "unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification"

Yep. I'm looking for the second one.

Yesterday I talked about being flawless, but once you recognize your worth, will you never ever stumble, fall, and mess up again. Nope. It's just unrealistic. And quite frankly not why Jesus came.

He came to save us from our sins. We had to see that we were sinners and N O T perfect. So why would we be expected to be perfect after salvation? He does want us to be holy as he is holy. To strive for that holiness, but we are human and we will fall short.

Does that mean we fall and never get back up again? Does that mean since we're not destined to be perfect that we sin on purpose?

No. We were meant for more than that. And God's grace should never be abused, but it's something I'm guilty of.

When we fall short, there's grace. With an open hand, ready to help us up and get us back on the road again.

Kind of like State Farm Roadside assistance. Like a good neighbor State Farm is there 😂.

Do we deserve grace? No, not on our own and of nothing we've done. Because we are saved, God sees Jesus in us and extends grace time and time again.

A gift, I am thankful for everyday.

And just as we have freely received, we should freely give. T H A T is the hard part and T H A T is where we truly began to love people and even more so appreciate what God has done and continues to do for us.

Anna Claire Carstens. Words can not describe her. Life cannot tame her. This world cannot hold her.

I took this picture sometime back in January for People of Instagram (February). You can read more about her on my Instragram feed.

Suffice to say she loves her family, dogs, and her home. Lots of dogs. Plenty of dogs. Did I mention she loves dogs? 😂

This picture of her is so great. Her personality comes through and portrays how we should feel living righteous but knowing we have heavenly Father who loves us, cares for us, and is willing to extend grace whenever we are in need.

Check back tomorrow, same Bat time, same Bat place. We have the letter H and a new picture coming your way