Day 6

Grace Day

from the Mourning and Dancing reading plan

Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:4

BY She Reads Truth

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.
Focusing on the first part of verse 4, ask the Holy Spirit for the freedom to weep and to laugh in every season of your life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4:
There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:

a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance

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68 thoughts on "Grace Day"

  1. Nancy says:

    Kathy, this was amazing. Especially: “Here’s the thing though. I don’t want to run past the terrible. I don’t want to miss what incredible things I can learn by going through the terrible. I want to allow the terrible to grow me and make me more like Jesus.” The terrible brings us closer to Jesus! Thank you!

  2. Kathy says:

    In one of the devotions on He Reads Truth, John Blase shared a quote by Frederick Buechner. He said, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” This has resonated throughout my entire being. Terrible things have happened in my life and the lives of people I love over the last year – more death and sickness than anyone wants to see. It would be so easy to just camp in the terrible. But after reading this quote I made a list of all the beautiful things that have happened – new grandbaby on the way in March, new additions to our family through marriage, new friends, notes of affirmation from students, hugs at just the right moment. I could go on and on.
    Here’s the thing though. I don’t want to run past the terrible. I don’t want to miss what incredible things I can learn by going through the terrible. I want to allow the terrible to grow me and make me more like Jesus. But Lord, don’t let me live in the terrible. Help me to find and rest in the beautiful. Help me to be brave and not be afraid.

    1. Iris Eger says:

      Thanks for sharing. I’m in the midst of the terrible and this is what I needed to hear.

    2. Katelyn Leopold says:

      This is really beautiful. Thank you

  3. Mari V says:

    I have allowed myself to to start weeping. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a hard cry. Having been in a home where you’re told to stop your crying took a great effect on me. Oh… I’ve been able to cry but a good hard cry is hard to do now. Thankfully I’m on the road of healing and healing well. But to laugh, thankfully I’ve been able to do that and laugh hard and good and have a good time and be thankful. When my daughter starts to weep and cry hard I sit and listen to her. I’m thankful she’s been able to do that now. I’m ashamed to say that during our unhealthy environment I would tell her not to cry. Since then I’ve asked her to forgive me. So I sit and listen to her even when I don’t have the right words. I just listen. And thankfully we both been able to laugh together and laugh hard. There’s still lot of healing that needs to take place in her, but I’m glad she’s been able to laugh. As for my son. He surprised us on Wednesday night and showed up one week early for the Thanksgiving break. He is also on the road of healing. He is doing well. I am blessed to have two wonderful children. I am blessed to have a son and male role model speaking into his sisters life.

  4. Melissa Graves says:

    Our present life focus is not of our choosing and I mourn the fact that we are restricted in our travel and comings and goings, but I rejoice that we are exactly where God has planned for us to be.

    1. Mari V says:

      Praying for you Melissa

  5. Churchmouse says:

    “There is a time…”. It has a beginning and it has an end. I’m grateful for this reality because God is in control of them both. And He loves me.

  6. Chelsea says:

    2017 has been a rocky road. I lost two grandparents, a cousin, had a health scare with my daughter and had a miscarriage all within a few months of each other. I know God is still in control and has a reason for his timing but some days its hard to hold on. Praying for his presence and direction like never before.

    1. Holly says:

      Praying for you Chelsea. I know how those days feel when it’s a struggle. I always look for His presence specifically during those days. It always shows up :) Hope this encourages you today

  7. Brittany Ann Goodrich says:

    We are trying to uproot our lives and move to the city for bible college. We had a beautiful apartment lined up for a great prize.. everything was perfect.. but then they refused to fix the carpets that were soaked in cat pee. :( we are so confused cuz we felt like God said this was the apartment. I know all things will be made beautiful in his time.. but now we have a week to find a place cuz it fell through and the other places cost about the same but aren’t nearly as nice. Needing prayer for trust, favor and faith. And to stop crying. I’m bummed.

  8. Teri says:

    I’m currently going through my season of mourning and grieving. I feel like today I’m struggling to focus on anything positive and have been crying on and off. Praying.

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