You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day and week, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. Because of your generosity, lives are being changed by God’s grace, and we’re able to share these stories with you here!

The Monday After Sunday, April 21, 2013: Sufficient Grace {click HERE to listen to the sermon}

By Anita Everly

I’ve had several big life events show me just how much God’s grace has been sufficient for me in those circumstances.  God has grown me to a point that it’s relatively easy for me to surrender to Him what is too overwhelming for me to deal with.

However, it’s the everyday things where I tend to neglect His sufficiency and instead, rely on my own power.  We all have a to-do list longer than our day and a transcript of thoughts running at full speed from the moment our feet hit the floor to when we lay our heads down at night.  What do we do with all this?

When life is just … life do we rest in His all-sufficient grace?

Or do we turn on our electronic devices to be swept away from the routine of life to check social media feeds and view beautiful pictures of more interesting people and places?  Perhaps we make plans to make a regular day more exciting by going shopping or hitting the drive-thru because we deserve a little treat for self.  Or maybe we go for a run, hit the gym or plug in the tunes to deal with the grind of life.

(Believe me, I’m typing through the plank in my own eye right now).

Through this Outrageous Grace series, God keeps directing me to Proverbs 16:3.  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

I have a responsibility:  To commit to the Lord my daily tasks and decisions.

That takes discipline and time with Him, most beneficially first thing in the morning.  When I do this, the Word promises that He will guide the path and He will work it all according to His will and His best for me.

I also landed on Psalm 37: 7 this week:  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

In our instant, high-speed culture it is hard to wait, much less patiently, for anything.  And for me, that includes the Lord.  In the daily, immediate things of life, that is often hard.  But if I have spent time being still before Him, committed my day to Him and continued our conversation throughout the day, the waiting doesn’t seem as long and His answers become clearer.

Romans 12:2 offers that very promise:  “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Yes, God is enough and He shows me through His Word how to practically experience His sufficiency over my own.

When His Word is truly a light for our path and we have committed each day to Him, sought Him throughout the daily decisions and filled our minds with Him instead of the distractions of life, we are equipped to rejoice in our sufferings because we know that He’s got it!  Those very moments are when our lives show the world how big Christ is.

God is enough. Every moment of today. His grace is sufficient for us all.

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

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