Clipping Grace Coupons of Pickles

pickles of grace

Clipping coupons is a great way to save money. But have you ever clipped a coupon for Grace?

God’s grace is always there for us; His mercy abounds to all those who ask.  Clip a coupon for grace today.

I have many friends who love to clip coupons.  All different ways.  They clip them from newspapers on Sundays, print them off the computer and clip them out, and some even “clip” them off the store’s app.

While I know my couponing habits will never make it on television. I do like clipping coupons for grace.

Simple ones like gifts of music.  Singing loudly in my van when I’m all alone. Seeing special friends that are far away.  Hearing my children playing without fighting (a miraculous event, let me tell you).  Watching my husband spend time with our children and seeing the love they have for their Daddy; their eyes just sparkle with laughter and joy.  The guilt of my sin-debt gone.  A heavenly Father who is eternal and loves me with an everlasting love.

Recently I visited Chick-fil-A. I was so hungry. Not hangry (as posted here) but really, really hungry.

Now you’ve got to know something about me. I’m not pregnant. Just thought I’d throw it out there.  But, I love pickles.

Dill pickles, bread & butter, and store-bought or homemade. It doesn’t matter. They should always be cold

and crunchy. The best ones out there are ranked for me #3 is Burger King, #2 is McAllister’s Deli, (drum roll please) #1 Chick-fil-A. Oh, my!!! They are so good. Just the right amount of tang, crunch, and salt. And that day, I asked for pickles. Lots and lots of pickles.

Sometimes, when I say that at a restaurant, it gets me 2 more little pieces. But this day, my plea was heard and the worker gave me a container packed full of those juicy pieces of heaven. I piled them on my sandwich and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. And of course, I had extra so I took them home and enjoyed them another day.

Grace Coupons. Small blessings that only a loving Father could provide. #graceblessings #lifecoach Click To Tweet

But it made me think of something.

Grace Coupons. Small blessings that only a loving Father could provide. God draws me to himself by sending small blessings (such as the pickles) to remind me that He loves me and cares for me.

 Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

As a mother, I do exactly the same thing for my children. I draw them close, and look in their eyes and remind them that I love them and care for them.

My Father is aware of my misgivings, my failures, my thoughts. Yet that doesn’t change His opinion of me.  He still looks at me with his loving eyes and sees His child.

However, His gaze never changes. You see, sometimes I look at my kids and think “when will they ever learn?”  Will they ever conquer this math assignment?  Why didn’t they clean their room when I told them? Will they ever stop arguing and fighting amongst themselves?

 Psalms 103:13-14 also echoes a similar sentiment. 

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”

He looks at me tenderly. He pities us.  But what does that really mean?  The word “pity” is not used in a good way this millennial age, and so I researched exactly what the verse is saying. According to Bible Study Dictionary, “In the Old Testament “pity” is closely akin to “mercy.” It is most frequently the translation of chamal, “to pity,” “to spare,”.”

Mercy. I love that word.  I mean I really do.  I even named my first daughter, Mercy.

Mercy is defined as

“compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also: lenient or compassionate treatment” by the Merriam Webster Dictionary.  

Compassion to an offender.  That’s me. I’m the one who has offended a Holy God. I am a sinner.  I need God’s mercy in my life. I need His compassion for me.  My sin debt is paid in salvation by His death on the cross, a fact for which I’m very grateful. 

It doesn’t stop there though, I need His tender mercies every day of my life.  A wife, a mother, a blogger, a registered nurse, a life coach, a homeschool teacher, snack lady… what could go wrong in all of these roles?  Well, obviously a lot!

I need His tender mercies every day of my life. #graceblessings Click To Tweet

When I reflect back on that day, I remember so well that it was an emotionally hard one for me. My personality is usually upbeat and chipper, but even I struggle some days.  As fall comes to an end, and winter begins…my life changes. Work changes. Family pressures increase.  Finances change. Physical illnesses can worsen.  That day, I felt the weight of it all burdening me down. I needed encouragement so badly.

Extra Pickles

And that is exactly what I received when I redeemed my coupon for Grace. It was given to me in full measure.

But it didn’t come alone, I also received encouragement. Kindness. Reassurance. An increase of my faith and a large helping of mercy….. All piled together in that small dish of pickles.

**Please note: this is not a paid advertisement, just a simple sharing of my love for Chick-fil-A.

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