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Special Guest Post By Lisa Buffaloe

The Grace Gift

Written By

Lisa Buffaloe



An empty, two-lane farm road stretched in front of me. A perfect day and time to test how fast my little car would go. A teenager feeling my freedom, I put the pedal to the metal. Yep, stuck my foot on the gas and let my tiny engine whine and scream.


Freedom! I probably clocked in at seventy-five miles an hour (pretty good for such a small car). I was flying. And that’s when I saw him—the patrol car sitting on the side of the road.

I was caught. And I knew it had to be obvious.

The first opportunity to stop was a gravel road leading to a farmhouse. I pulled over and waited.

The patrol car stopped behind me. No lights, and no siren. The officer just sat in his car. A few minutes later he approached my open window. “Do you live here?”
I kept my hands on the wheel. “No sir.”
“You just pulled over?”
“Yes sir.”
His face showed no emotion, his eyes hidden behind mirrored sunglasses. “What were you doing?”
I responded with a sheepish grin. “I was trying to see how fast my car would go.”
He didn’t move for a few minutes. Finally, he shook his head. “Don’t do it again.” And with that, he turned and walked away.

I deserved a ticket. I even admitted my crime. Though I was guilty, I was pardoned and given the gift of grace.

Two thousand years ago, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem. At His birth, the heavens rejoiced and earth found hope. For He wasn’t any ordinary boy. His name is Jesus, and He is the Son of God. He came to earth to sacrifice His life to redeem the lost and pardon the guilty.

Jesus offers the ultimate gifts each and every day—grace and mercy. All we must do is believe and receive.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”
 (John 3:16-17 NIV).


Lisa Buffaloe is writer, speaker, happily-married mom, and host for Living Joyfully Free Radio. Her past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—bless her with a backdrop to share about God’s unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal. She is the author of Prodigal Nights (2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist), Grace for the Char-Baked and a contributing author of The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.



Friends, you can find Lisa just by clicking on these links. www.lisabuffaloe.com, www.livingjoyfullyfree.com, and www.Facebook.com/lisabuffaloe



Friends, I too hope you will take a peek at Lisa's newest gem,

"Nadia's Hope".
2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist
Runner-up for Women’s Fiction, 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest
Best of Conference for Adult Novel, 2007 North Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.



Lisa, thank you for this lovely post and many blessings to you sweet lady. You are always welcome and always a sweet blessing.











Comments

Krista Phillips said…
Ahhhh, God's mercy is wonderful isn't it?!?

Unlike the first time I got a speeding ticket. It was a speed "trap" and even though I had a very valid reason for speeding in my mind (I'd just got earth-moving news from a doctor about my daughter who'd been in the hospital for over 6 months... so I was driving on auto-pilot, just keeping up with traffic) at the time, I didn't even try to make an excuse. I was speeding, and you could give me a billion speeding tickets and it wouldn't match the other stuff going on in my life.

Plus, well, I deserved it.
marjilaine.com said…
Great post, Lisa! What a great illustration of God's grace and our greatest hope!
Blessings!
Lisa Buffaloe said…
Hi Krista and Marji, God's grace is so wonderful! No matter what we've done or what's going on in our life, His grace is with us!

God's blessings to you both,
Lisa
Lisa Buffaloe said…
Robin, thank you so much for allowing me the honor of guest posting on your site.

You bless me!!

Hugs and blessings to you,
Lisa

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