When Life Leaves Me Breathless, He Breathes Grace

For someone who doesn’t like Christmas movies, I sure have watched a bunch of ’em this month. I saw one with a Santa’s elf turned nanny. Ha…should have watched that one last year for pre-nanny training. She had super sonic nanny skills, AND she saved Christmas! Another movie used Santa magic to transport a small town professor into a lonely future where she had the career of her dreams but no one to love. Once she learned her lesson, the Santa magic got her back to where she could choose with new wisdom. Still another flick sent a successful TV reporter to an alternative reality as a stay-at-home wife and momma. After many misadventures, she woke up in her lonesome corporate apartment, friended her college sweetheart on Facebook, and rekindled their ten-year-old romance. Don’t you wish real life could like a Hallmark movie? Do-overs with happily-ever-afters.

Nah…I think I’ll stick with Christ’s steady grace and leave the Santa magic for the TV screen.

I love how He breathes grace on me just when life leaves me breathless.

Sometimes, He uses nature. Sunlight beaming through barren trees. A barn cat’s purring trust. Crisp fall air nudging me to the coffee pot.

Sometimes, He uses people. Phone calls and promised prayers. Blessing bags full of road trip snacks and handmade treasures. Tanks of gas and cash slipped in hands.

Sometimes, He uses perspective. Red kettles aching for change that brings change. A trailer full of donations for two needy mommas and their babies. Facebook posts from folks fighting illness or facing fresh grief.

Always, He uses His Word.

“Do not be afraid, [Lee]. I am your shield, your very great reward” (Genesis 15:1 NIV).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).

“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).


Thank you for meeting me right where I am with grace gifts tailor-made for my need. Give me eyes to see the certainties and the possibilities. Ears to hear Your love songs and Your marching orders. Heart to give freely and to receive humbly. I trust You, Lord, with this today. Have Your way in me. In Christ’s name I pray, AMEN

Has life knocked the breath out of you? I’d love to pray for you. 



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