Gift Wrapped in Grace

I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!   ~ Jim Elliot

We live in a world of unanticipated moments. When I think of the word surprise, I think of laughter and joy and unexpected gifts. But not all surprises are so pleasant. Some come wrapped in ribbons of defeat and pain and betrayal.

I expect that’s why most children love surprises so much more than adults. The ribbons are always right. As the world expands to include more and more experiences, we become more cautious about what lies beneath the wrappings. We learn that pretty packaging tells nothing about the present.

It’s different with God. He’s the giver of all good gifts. His intentional, deliberate grace is the most remarkable surprise of all!

Grace – re-gift it!

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About Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

33 responses to “Gift Wrapped in Grace”

  1. Chaz says :

    Awesome post Debbie! In particular, “Some come wrapped in ribbons of defeat and pain and betrayal”. Yes, some of the best things in life have emerged from these seemingly negative events.

    But were they really? If I had never been mistreated, would I have been deprived the privilege of being someone now strong enough to handle mistreatment? And then love or tolerate the very person who harmed me? Did the mistreatment then not help me become more like the one who taught, “Bless those who curse you”?

    I heard some teaching recently that said, “Advsersity doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you”. Another teaching said, “Count it all joy….”.



    • Debbie says :

      Chaz –
      Gosh is it nice to ‘see’ you again!
      Thank you so much for sharing your insight. I really agree with you. I’ve come to know grace more in the gut wrenching times than in the glory moments.
      This is probably over generalizing, which I generally try not to do, BUT here goes:
      In my experience, those who’ve suffered little, often (not always) have a harder time extending grace and being truly compassionate.
      I don’t know anyone who’s really been broken that throws around pat answers.
      “Adversity doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you”. I hadn’t heard that one, but there’s a lot of wisdom there.
      I think whether or not we learn and grow from the rough things, from mistreatment and harm, depends on us.
      “What man intended for evil, God uses for good” but we still have a part in that.
      Counting it all joy with you, my friend!
      ~ Debbie

  2. Debbie says :

    dottylizzy –
    I’ve just paid you a visit and you certainly do spread Sunshine!
    Thank you for honoring me with this award.
    How very kind of you!
    ~ Debbie

  3. dottylizzy says :

    I really enjoy your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the for the Sunshine Award! See Thanks and congratulations!

  4. Ann says :

    Thank you kindly, Deb

    I am so grateful for His grace.

    I am also thankful that He has brought me to a place where I can thankfully receive what I did not earn ….

    God bless you,

    • Debbie says :

      Ann –
      Me, too.
      I was slow getting here (a lot of years of wrestling with bootstraps).
      I’m grateful to take this journey in grace with you, my friend,
      ~ Debbie

  5. Zen and Genki says :

    I can think of nothing better to re-gift….or to receive :) Great post!

    • Debbie says :

      Hello anne –
      Welcome to TMG. I just visited your lovely blog yesterday.
      Grace… the gift that keeps on growing. :D
      Thank you for reading and sharing here!
      ~ Debbie

  6. writinggomer says :

    Thank you Debbie! You give grace to many. :)

  7. iamnotshe says :

    OK lady, strap on your writing boots and/or put on yer cowboy hat: Yer up for the Versatile Blogger award. SEE NEW PICTURE!

  8. Caddo Veil says :

    Hi Debbie–what a lovely post! God’s Grace to be re-gifted–He kind of makes everyday special, doesn’t He! love, sis Caddo

    (still pondering the previous discussion–wonder if we could email about it, because every time I think I have it straight–who’s responsible for what–I get re-confused! “Over-analytical Caddo”)

    • Debbie says :

      My dear over-analytical Caddo –
      Are you? I don’t think so.
      Write away!
      I’d love to hear your thoughts!
      I’ll be waiting by the mailbox,

  9. chasingtheperfectmoment says :

    Hi Debbie, another lovely post! I am nominating you for the “Sunshine Bloggng Award” for creativity and inspiration. You do not have to accept, but felt you deserved it. I will put a link to your blog on my upcoming post.

  10. Lori DiNardi says :

    I love this ~ “we learn that pretty packaging tells nothing about the present (gift)” You said a mouthful there. Thanks Debbie.

    • Debbie says :

      Lori –
      I think that’s true on so many levels. Packaging is many times purposefully deceptive, sometimes simply misleading, often in place to conceal our fears.
      Thanks for keeping in touch, Lori,
      ~ Debbie

  11. SPTP2011 says :

    You, friend, re-gift grace to us daily – Thank you for reminding us of God’s blessings

  12. fgassette says :

    What would we sinful people do without the gift of grace from God. And just think it’s free.


  13. Crowing Crone Joss says :

    God’s grace truly is limitless and fills our life with abundance.

  14. iamnotshe says :

    Have I surprised you?

  15. Heidi says :

    I have been given such amazing grace. Regifting. I’m going to be thinking on that all day. Thank you for the daily grace here. You are consistently wise.

    • Debbie says :

      Heidi –
      You are consistently too kind – but hey, who doesn’t love such kindness showered on them! :D
      Thank you for your constant encouragement,
      It means the world to me,
      ~ Debbie

  16. Noel Williams (prhayz) says :

    Amen! This is nicely put Debbie. Sometimes we forget that God’s grace toward us is deliberate. We did not earn it and no one deserve it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing. God bless.

    • Debbie says :

      Noel –
      So true, my friend. If we could earn it, it wouldn’t be grace, it would be payment. And since He did all the paying, there’s no debt left for us. Just grace.
      Thank you, Noel,
      ~ Debbie

  17. Debbie says :

    Oh gracious one! I love this . . .and am thinking now about deliberate grace. Praying that He might make me deliberately gracious. And to give the gift of grace? Wow, who doesn’t love getting that? :) You know what I’m thinking? He just graced us through you. love and prayers! – the other deb

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