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Sunrise Thankfulness

Today’s guest blogger is Jolene Flores.  Jolene describes herself as a Wife, Mother, Baker, looking to infuse a dash of Grace into this world.  Dan Flores is fortunate to be married to Jolene.  She used to blog at Grace Infusion and you can see some of her cake creations at Cakes by Grace.  Thanks for your addition to…

The Grace Challenge Day 8

Morning light sets ablaze a darkened world.

I awake each day before daylight slips onto the horizon. Each day that my heels click on pavement towards car, I glance at the still night sky. Stars scattered in great brilliance, and the moon looks as though there a pinhole in the night sky and now revealed to us is a slight snippet of heaven-light.

As I drive to work, the hour or so that I drive, I search the horizon from all directions. I witness the morning hues stretch out their arms and suppress all semblance of night darkness. That golden morning light that washes over the mountains is the last view I have before I walk into the office. It is confirmation that the day has begun, the world has awoken.

To me, a sunrise is a sacred moment in the day, when God’s masterful hand paints a glorious magnum opus for us. For us. His chosen. His beloved. A sunrise is a reminder that God never rests. I sometimes envision Him looking upon us with an adoring Father-glance, the way I look upon my children as they sleep. To God, we are the most glorious of all creations. More lovely than the daybreak. More of a masterpiece than any other works of His hands.

A sunrise is also a reminder of renewal. Of forgiveness. Each morn is a new one; the day before is put to bed and the day ahead is a blank canvas for us to paint beauty upon. As heaven light warms us out of the cold dark night, we are given great opportunity to begin anew; make this day better than the last. That gift is given by He alone who spoke the light into being, framed and colored in Salvation Grace, and breathed life into our very lungs.

And so, in this day’s morning light, my heart swells with gratitude. Father-glances, grace, renewal, salvation, warmth.

Anything less than gratitude for this new day would be blasphemous.

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Thankful Workers

For Monday.

The clichés abound about Monday.  Monday blues.  Monday blahs.  Monday is arguably the most difficult day of the week.  Transitioning from the weekend back to work is hard because we typically like what we do on weekends, and don’t like work.  Starting our week on a downer typically makes for a long week, resulting in a lot of complaining.  Complaining is the opposite of thanksgiving.

Work is a blessing.  Getting a job is usually a reason for bragging.  Having a job is God’s provision for our security and future. Finishing a job brings satisfaction.  If your job is connected to your strength, passion, and purpose then happiness, contentment, and fulfilment are in your future.  Work is a grace from God.

So, a moratorium on complaining about your job during the challenge.  On Monday morning, thank God for work and more specifically, your work.  Include your boss, your co-workers, the opportunities and challenges, the rewards.  Frame your Monday with thanksgiving.  As you drive to work, bless the Lord.

Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.  Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20)

The Grace Challenge Introduction and Instructions

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