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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{ Older and Wiser }

I was raised in a household with a critical spirit.
Those negative traits have a tendency to rub off on children.
It did me.
Not quite the same as theirs,
but I still "inherited" it.
I'm finding the older I get,
the less critical I've become.
God is continually speaking "kindness" to my heart.
Kindness equals GRACE,
don't you agree?
God showed His grace to me.
I'm sincerely trying to show that GRACE to others.

Breathing in His Grace.

Breathing out His Grace.



8 comments:

  1. I was bought up in a very strict Catholic household, Deb...Grace was none existent, unfort. Whenever I find myself acting like my mother---the good Lord def. lets me know...thank you for another lovely post. Have a beautiful Tuesday, friend.

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  2. Oh Deb, I was raised the same way. I've had to fight that spirit all my life. Just like Linda, God reminds me when I begin to sound like my mother. Have a blessed day.

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  3. We have only been friends here for a short time, but in that time, I have seen you post the sweetest, kindest words to others. I would never have thought you were critical at all. You have over-come the past for sure my friend. I pray God continues to give you the grace you need and deserve.

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  4. Fortunately I was not raised that way, but we do have acquaintances that are the most negative and bigoted people we have ever met. We have had to distance ourselves from them. I have never known you to be even a little bit negative or critical. I think your soul is full of grace!

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  5. Hi Deb! How strange that we both have family based posts this week... I'm so sorry that your experience wasn't what it should have been. And yet, you have such a deep faith and a love for people that just shines through your words. What a work of grace you are, and how beautiful that you share it.
    Breathe in and breathe out. Yes! Let's grab that grace that's free, and makes us whole.
    Blessings and a special hug,
    Ceil

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  6. Grace is such a beautiful part of God's character and I pray that day by day I am able to extend even a portion of His grace to others through kind words and deeds. Great post, Debbie.

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  7. Deb, I think there are family curses that pass from generation to generation, until there is one who breaks it...you my friend...must have broken that curse. Perry Stone has a study on this subject, I've glanced thru it a couple of times. And yes, I think we do mellow as we get older, I think we finally realize what is really important to us and all else just fades away. Of course, all this happens by the Grace of God. Have a great week. ((hugs))

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  8. ((hugs)) I understand Mrs Deb and this spoke so loudly to my heart! I grew up so often feeling that I could only be loved if I did the "right" things. It is so hard still to wrap my head around unconditional live and undeserved grace. And to live that towards others.

    Beckey
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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24