Grace

 

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2 Corinthians 12:9–But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

Grace is the merciful kindness of God, His divine influence in our lives doing for us what we are unable to do for ourselves.  When we have no strength we look to God and He provides the strength that we need.  I am not sure what you are facing today, but the truth is, His grace is enough.  I have  reminded myself of this very truth frequently this week.

What started off as a week of victory quickly turned to a week of unexpected incidences.  But the truth is, even in the midst of the unexpected, I still have the victory because His grace is enough. None of what we face is a surprise to God.  I am glad that He already knows and that He cares about everything that concerns you and me.

We like the Apostle Paul  can boast of who He is even in our weakest moments. Because the truth is when we are weak, He is right there enabling us, giving us the strength that we need to be strong.

We can always make the choice to stand on the truth of the Word of God even when the situations of life show and tell us something different. Remember the truth: His grace is enough.

 

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I have watched over the past few days as my hometown of Lumberton, NC is making national news headlines.  This community has experienced great devastation as a result of Hurricane Matthew.  Even now the flooding continues to be a threat to this close knit community.
Many people have never heard of Lumberton, but I graduated nursing school from Robeson Community College located in Lumberton. My first job as a nurse was at Southeastern General Hospital now called Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.  In 1991, although I had not lived in Lumberton for nearly ten years, I returned there to be married at St. Mary Church in Lumberton.
I have strong roots and close ties to this community.  Many family members and friends who still reside in and around the area were affected by this storm and I have great love for the people of Lumberton.  While some of them have lost everything, I hear constant praise and thanksgiving to God in the midst of their tragedy.  They are not focusing on what they have lost, but on the goodness of God.  They are focusing on the many provisions that have been made to accommodate them during this time.  There are many volunteers who are bringing the necessary help to the community.
This tells us a little something about the people of Lumberton.  They are strong and resilient people.  They are people who care for each other and many of them have strong faith that will not be shaken by Hurricane Matthew.  Join me as we pray for this community and others who have been affected by the hurricane.  Even in times when we do not understand the reason, we know that we can trust God.
Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” God is sovereign, He has all wisdom and, above all, He loves us.  Even in the bad times, God does not change, His great love for us remains.
Email me if you want to help – evelynjtaylor@evelynjtaylor.org

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

 

What’s Next

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Our graduate student daughter is settled into her new career. Our first year graduated student is all moved in.  Our annual Women of Promise International Ministries Conference is over, and I am back home after nearly two weeks on the road.  So what is the plan for the rest of 2016?

Well, I will be working diligently on getting my manuscript, “The Heart of a Caregiver” ready for its final publishing.  This is a project that is near and dear to my heart.  As most of you know, I have been my husband’s caregiver since 2008.  I have learned so much along the way and I want to encourage others who may be caring for loved ones.

The caregiver’s journey is one of selflessness and perseverance. Watching a loved one suffer is never easy, and it takes great resolve to endure.  I salute anyone who is functioning in the role of caregiver.  In this book I share my personal struggle and how I have been able to continue this seemingly endless journey.

God has been faithful to sustain me, and it is my prayer that this book will encourage caregivers everywhere.

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor