Grace is Greater + a Giveaway

March 20, 2017

in the generous life

Amazon affiliate link: Grace is GreaterI enjoy Kyle Idleman as an author. He’s funny and insightful. Anytime I turn a page and see a footnote I know I’m headed for a belly laugh.*

I was delighted to receive a copy of his new book Grace is Greater, especially as “grace” is one of my words for 2017.

Idleman walks you through the heart work that comes with receiving and offering grace. Full of amazing stories and wonderful analogies, I had a hard time putting it down. I was a good deal lighter and more in love with Jesus when I finished the book.

I’ve added Grace is Greater to my “read every year” list of books. I need the reminder.

I encourage y’all to pick up a copy (and then loan it to your friends). I think it would make a great read-and-discuss book for small groups as well.

I’ve been offered an extra copy, so it’s time for a giveaway.

Please share, as a comment to this post, a time when someone was gracious and kind toward you. On Friday, March 25th, I’ll pick a random number and the poster in that spot will win a copy of Grace is Greater.

Grace is powerful enough to erase your guilt.
Grace is big enough to cover your shame.
Grace is real enough to heal your relationships.
Grace is strong enough to hold you up when you’re weak.
Grace is sweet enough to cure your bitterness.
Grace is satisfying enough to deal with your disappointment.
Grace is beautiful enough to redeem your brokenness.
Grace explained is necessary, but grace experienced is essential. 
Kyle Idleman

* Sorry, I’m not nearly as funny as Idleman, but I had to add a footnote in his honor.  :)

Prayer Prompt Spend a little time thanking God for all the good in your life. 

This Month’s Marriage Challenge Look for new or interesting things to share in conversation with your husband.

Hot, Holy & Humorous: When You Don’t Know What to Pray for Your Marriage Personalize scripture when you pray.

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eunice b March 20, 2017 at 4:31 am

After our guests left this past weekend, my husband was gracious after his day of work and helped me with the cleanup and getting our nest back in shape! I am so blessed!

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Heidi March 20, 2017 at 4:44 am

Love this post and the list about grace!! Grace can heal everything!! Thank you

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Tsungyu Liu March 20, 2017 at 5:29 am

A sweet friend knew we were stressed out as a couple, she graciously offered to babysit our three kiddos and husband and I can go out for the afternoon!

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Jill Hoke March 20, 2017 at 6:11 am

Grace was my word of the year a few years ago. Spiritually, it was my best year.

My husband is a minister, and after he was abruptly relieved of his position, I ran into one of our former church members at the post office. He asked me how I was and I promptly burst into tears. He prayed for me on the spot right there in front of the post office.

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Kendall March 20, 2017 at 6:12 am

Grace is such a large topic in my life that I feel like I constantly need to work on – giving and receiving. It truly is a blessing when I am given grace. My husband is constantly showing me grace despite my poor attitude, pride, and selfishness. I am in awe at the grace he gives me as it reveals just how much God’s grace is sufficient for me.

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Patti Bodenhamer March 20, 2017 at 6:30 am

My Husband is Gracious to me on Sundays. He makes breakfast so I have plenty of time to get ready for Church.

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Tiffany Shaklee March 20, 2017 at 6:34 am

My kids give me grace everyday! I love how forgiving they are, and so willing to let it go. I don’t know how it becomes so much more difficult as adults to do this, but my prayer is that I can work towards having childlike grace in my adult life.

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Suzy Scott March 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

My youngest has been very gracious in always showing thankfulness for even the smallest things. It is such a blessing to see this and makes me want to be more diligent in doing so too!

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Leonor March 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

I will never forget the time when I was a teenager babysitting for a wonderful family. They had just returned from vacation to some amazing place and brought back some sandstone rocks that form naturally in the ground in the shape of roses. Ingeborg Courtney, the mother, offered me several from the collection they had, and I being a selfish person with lots of growing up to do, picked out the best ones. One of the children began to express disappointment, but the mother quietly signaled her to contain it. I will never forget that lesson of giving to others our very best without expecting anything in return. God has graciously given His best for our salvation.

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KJ March 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

My husband is gracious in allowing and encouraging time with other women, taking on responsibilities with the children and at home while I’m away.

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Sarah McDaniel March 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

Growing up in a family of yellers with short tempers, I’m blessed time and again with my husband’s patience and grace when I mess up. He is such an example of Christ to me and I’m so thankful for him.

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Clarinda March 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

My husband is gracious and kind to me most the time even when I get cranky with him. More specifically though, He lets me play softball once a week and he takes care of dinner & the kids (even when there are sports practices to take them too)

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Anita March 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

Grace…Been reminded lately how much grace God has given me…It makes me wanna be nice to my children n offer them grace. They r good kids but they aren’t supposed to be perfect, and I’m glad I’m not either.

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Lee Ann March 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

I am looking for a job, and a friend, who is a professional HR person, is helping me go over my resume and skills for free. I really appreciate her graciousness.

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Jessi March 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

My children show grace and kindness every day. Even when I lose my patience they forgive so quickly have nothing but hugs and love for me. If they see me down, they give me a hug and a kiss. My husband is always helping. He makes my coffee every morning, and heats up my breakfast. He gets up early to do little chores and make our lives easier.

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Darcy Carmichael March 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

A friend that I met on-line allowed her daughter to come and stay with us after one of our babies was born. She did this without pay and even paid for the groceries she picked up while she was here.

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Adrienne Agre March 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

My sister-in-law is a plan-ahead-er & list-maker extraordinaire; I am more of a live-in-the-moment-er and with 4 kids, I am working to improve the order and organization factor in our life! We planned a party together this weekend & I showed up later than planned & forgot a few things. She was gracious and laughed about it without holding it against me or getting frustrated with me. What a blessing to have family like that!!!

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Joy March 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

My son-in-law forgave me for not accepting him at first when he was dating my daughter. He turned out to be a prince.

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valerie j March 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

I remember sitting in nursery at church because it was my turn. I was upset because it turned out that today happened to be the day that my husband was receiving an honor in service. A friend that I hadn’t known long came and relieved me so that I could go. I’ll never forget her graciousness in taking my place. At the time, I was in awe because I didn’t know that I would have been as thoughtful as she was. ♥

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Chris March 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Recently I was having trouble learning the music and feeling welcome in a local Choral. I was near the point of resigning when I told a friend in my section. She is a wonderful musician and she offered to have me sit by her during rehearsals. It has made all the difference! What a gracious gift!

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Katie March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Most recently, a lady whose ponies I feed when she is away called to let me know her neighbors had called her to tell her that the ponies were out. My heart sank because I knew it was because I knew it was my fault. I had left the gate unlatched to come back with hay, them decided to just chuck the hay over the fence. I haven’t made a stupid mistake like that in a very long time. I was mortified. I expected to be fired, screamed at, etc. Drove over there. Caught the ponies. Put them in the field where they belong. Then I called for my sentence. She laughed!!! Said, “You should have been there the day they all ran down the road with lead ropes flying. Goofy things! I lost them all for the majority of a day. Took me forever to get them back…. Don’t worry about it. They are ok. Thanks for putting them back in. You’re a lifesaver!!” Not a mention that I wouldn’t have had to go put them back in if I hadn’t been an idiot and left the gate unlatched. Not a bauble. I was speechless. God was showing me what grace is, and I took that as a lesson to be more gracious myself.

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Valerie March 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

At a fragile point in my life, I had a melt down just trying to get dressed for a job interview. He picked out my outfit, calmed me, drove with me to the interview. Not a word of anger or condemnation. Only a heart of kindness.

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Kara March 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Last winter we moved to town from the country and had so much help from our church family in EVERY aspect of it . God provided it all thru them.

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Debbie Flack March 21, 2017 at 4:17 am

There have been so many times when people were kind and gracious to me – I really do have a wonderful family and circle of friends! One that stands out, though, is a time when I came back to my office after having the flu and finding flowers and a photo-card from the college students who worked in our office at the time. It was so wonderful to know that they missed me, and they helped pick up some of the slack when I was away for over a week.

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Lisa Kartos March 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

My parents. Oh my parents.
My parents have lived a life of self-sacrificing for their children. They are amazing examples of how God gives His children all He has. I thank my parents for the unmerited grace they have shown us over the years, but specifically, as they enter their golden years, they sold their house (essentially their life earnings), and doled out the money in absolute unmerited grace to their kids.
Praise God for His work in their hearts, and their obedience to Him.

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Ramona Seymour March 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

Through my husband, God shows me grace daily. . . grace in hurtful situations, grace in stressful times and grace in joy. Thank God for His Grace and for my husband! Every. Single. Day!!!!!

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Lora March 23, 2017 at 5:40 am

My husband and I missed an appointment with a professional we had hired…just completely forgot and went for a walk. She had to drive 30 minutes to get to our house and stood there alone for about 15 minutes before calling us a few times and then assuming something had come up. Later, we apologized and I felt so terrible. We had messed up. We didn’t even have a good excuse. We simply forgot. It seemed so thoughtless and irresponsible in my mind.
She was so incredibly gracious, and had such sweet, understanding things to say. She said, “I understand. We all forget at some point. It helps us to offer grace to someone else when they do.” I’ll never forget how gracious and kind she was with my mistake. I hope I can do the same for someone else.

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