A River of Grace

Today’s verse:   2 Corinthians 12: 9-10  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.    

A river of grace…..what images that brings to mind!   I love to go biking, and on one of my trails, I pass a church called the River of Grace. It always brings a smile to my face and a sense of peace to my spirit.   I like the image of floating on a river of grace.

When we struggle with our diets, or our weight, or anything else in our life, we need to take comfort to know that God’s grace is with us.  When we feel defeated and we want to give up, or when we give in to our temptations we need to remember that God’s grace is constant like a river – it never stops flowing.

We will never be perfect.   We can’t have the perfect body, or the perfect hair, we can’t be the perfect weight, or be the best and win at everything.   We can’t just give up smoking and drinking and drugs overnight.   But we can do the best that we can do.  We can always strive to do our best, not worrying about being the best.  We can pray, and it is amazing how the river of grace may bubble up in unexpected ways.   God knows we are not perfect, and even though his grace is not something we always deserve, he always wants the best for our lives and gives his grace freely. He continues to forgive us for our back sliding and renew us with his grace.

Somehow you see beyond the mud on my face and you wash it away in the river of grace.”   (from the song  “River of Grace”, with lyrics by Rick Altizer from the album Blue Plate Special.)

River of graceBlessings to all of you and may God’s grace be upon you today and every day.<!–more– Read on for today’s Healthy Living Menu >

Healthy Living Menu  (adapted from Prevention Magazine‘s 28 day challenge)

Breakfast:  High Protein Multi-Grain Pancake

Prepare 5″ frozen or homemade multi-grain pancake and top with 1/4 cup berries and 2 Tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt.
12 oz. coffee

Lunch:  Garden Salad with Chicken

Dice 3 oz. broiled chicken breast and serve on top of 2 cups mixed salad greens.  Add 1/4 cup each chopped mushrooms, cucumber, and bell pepper.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp. unsalted sunflower seeds and drizzle with 1 Tbsp. low-fat Italian dressing.
12 oz. green or herbal tea or water

Dinner:   Baked Fish

Serve 3 oz. baked fish (sea bass, tuna, salmon, swai) drizzled with 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar over 1/2 whole barley or quinoa.
10 steamed asparagus spears
12 oz. herbal tea or water

Dessert:

1 oatmeal cookie

Optional Snack:

1 medium tomato, sliced
1 oz. mozzarella Cheese
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp. olive oil

 

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