Like Raisins Soaked in Gin

Ahab’s mama, “Honey” as we were instructed to address her, used to swear by the health benefits of taking 5 white raisins a day, with your breakfast. But, these were no ordinary golden raisins. Oh, no! These had been soaked, patiently, for five or six long months. In gin.

To this day, I don’t understand what benefit they were to have had. And now that she’s dancing with The Good Lord, I can no longer ask her. But, she surely made a big deal about allowing them to soak for that 5-6 month time period.

And I can’t help but think that the grace God dispenses is kind of like that too. It has maximum benefit when I soak in it for long periods of time.

It’s when I forget that the grace is there for the soaking in, and maybe you can relate, that I do myself and others the most harm. God’s very Word utters promises and whispers tender affirmations of His boundless love for me. Of His fathomless grace for each and every one of us.

For a few years, I chose a word to hone in on. I am not doing that. No, I’m choosing a mindset.

This new year, this 2016, is the year I choose grace. For myself. For others who aren’t yet choosing it for themselves. And for each situation that doesn’t sit right at the start.

While I’m at it, I might pop a few of those raisins.

Yes indeedy. Because, it surely can’t hurt!

Happy New Year, friends. I pray God enlarges your vision for all the grace He gives to you. And maybe more than that, that we can always remember the grace we have to give to others.

 

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