It’s been a while since I’ve blogged…
As a momma of two little ones, and living with a thyroid autoimmune condition, life has been good and filled with God’s grace! As I wrap up working on a book manuscript, I’ve also been training…

On our 12-year wedding anniversary weekend my husband gave me the best gift. He gave me his love, support, encouragement, and the grace needed to participate in the 2017 United States Masters Swimming Summer National Championships. (Thankfully I didn’t have to travel far because the meet was held close to home.) It’s been an interesting journey as I’ve trained for the swim meet, as well as participating in a sprint triathlon back in June. All of this has caused me to revisit what use to be my identity, to start healing an old wound, and to put that wound in its place so that it can be a blessing.

Over the course of three days, and participating in eight events at this swim meet, I experienced God’s grace in many ways. Most of all, I experienced God’s grace when I gave several of the medals I won to those who have encouraged and supported me. My treasure and greatest reward is found in the One who has already won the victory.

This summer, how have you experienced God’s grace in your life?

Blog Update: I was nominated as September member of the month at our local YMCA. I was also asked to join the aquatics staff as a part-time swim instructor.

34 thoughts on “Finding Grace

  1. Grace comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? For me, it abounds the most when I praise God for His grace in the victories, and seek it in everyday life. The best part is, there’s no limit to His grace. Congrats on your triumphs in and out of the water!

  2. Congratulations on your achievements! The joy on your face speaks volumes! Grateful to be reminded that even setbacks speak of His grace present and active in our lives each and every day. Blessings!

  3. How wonderful for you, Stacey! I’m so excited that you could train for this event and accomplish this goal with its fragrance of chlorine, good health, and welfare! This is such a different place than the world of autoimmune disease, the opposite in so many ways, and yet you entered with strength, purpose, and desire, healing old wounds and feeling the outpouring of God’s grace as a result. God is good! I’m so glad you’re experiencing this amazing blessing!

    I, too, am grateful for God’s grace as I experience the launch of my third novel and the Lord’s outpouring of enablement and support for that launch as I move forward in my own battle with autoimmune disease. God bless you, dear friend!

    1. Thank you, Melinda. All the praise to God!

      Congrats on your recent book launch. I’m praying that God continues to pour out His grace upon you with your ministry. Blessings to you dear friend! 🙂

  4. Stacey, how exciting that is! I know you’ve been glad to compete in swimming again. What a blessing!

    I experience God’s grace every day. I may not notice it every time, but He is there loving me and providing for my needs. He’s given me wonderful friends and a great church which we are able to participate in.

    Love the family picture, and you look so happy! Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at the #LMMLinkup this week. 🙂

  5. Beautiful story Stacey and so inspiring. You reminded me of the importance of knowing our true identity and purpose is found in Christ. God continues to bless me in this season and I am so grateful for His love. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What an inspiration you are to work hard at your God-given goals and aspirations. I’m amazed you were able to swim and work on a manuscript. It just shows with God’s grace we can do what he calls us to because He gives us the strength. Your post really blessed me this morning as I was feeling discouraged. It’s hard when the hard work doesn’t seem to be getting you anywhere and it’s then I must remember that I am in this WITH God and remember my purpose. God bless you!

    1. Valerie, you’re correct in that I couldn’t have done any of this without God’s grace. I can’t take any of the credit. I’ll be praying for you as you work on what God has called and appointed you to do. Blessings to you! 🙂

  7. This is an awesome testimony, Stacey! First off, wow. I love that you swim; push yourself — yet are learning to receive Grace. THAT is huge. Secondly, congrats on your manuscript. This is where I need pushing and grace, both in bouts and waves!! Thanks for sharing over at the link up this week. Your family is lovely!

  8. Congratulations! How freeing it is to see God’s grace in our blessings and our struggles. More wonderful still is to know that all the acceptance we need is found in Him. Thanks for sharing your beautiful testimony!

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