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You Don’t Have To Carry The Burden

Business man carrying an old box saying "BURDEN" - indicates debt and business burden

Hebrews 12:1-2 says,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (NLT) 

Jesus is always working in us as we keep our eyes fixed on Him!

Don’t make the big deal about what you do (how you behave). Just a warning though: This may make some people (self-righteous people) mad.

Make the big deal about what Jesus has done for you through His finished work on the cross. This way of doing life will remove the heavy weight you may be carrying of trying to fix yourself. It will also bring you great peace and cause your biehavior to improve. Yes, you read that correctly. This way of approaching life will cause you to grow in Christ. Why?

Right believing leads to right living! You will be changed by the Holy Spirit as you keep your eyes on Jesus!  See 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Here’s an example from my own life that just happened today:

I was sick today and had to miss the last day of volunteering at JUMP Camp. I started getting a sore throat yesterday about mid-day and it turned into a cold and flu type thing. I’m sitting here in my bed in the same pajamas I woke up in, just to give you an idea.

I do not believe God puts sickness on us or that He allows it, but I do believe there are times when we experience negative circumstances in our life as a result of the natural consequences that come along with our poor choices. This is what happened to me today.

I explained in my last blog post about the importance of getting enough sleep and admitted that this has been a difficult discipline for me.

During the past two weeks while volunteering at JUMP camp I was hoping to get on a better sleeping schedule, but I didn’t follow through as I should have.

I may have gotten a full 8 hours of sleep 2 out of the 7 nights. This left me with 5 other nights where I got less than 8 hours and on two or more of those occassions I got between 4 and 5 hours of sleep. NOT cool.

Thank God the lack of sleep didn’t affect my interactions with the kids or adults at camp because it could have caused me to be crabby. I shouldn’t have taken that chance.

I’m very thankful I wasn’t crabby, but felt peaceful the whole two weeks (whew). I did experience some tired spells at different times throughout the day though.

Then yesterday about midday it hit me, I started getting a sore throat. I get sick so very little that this was a surprise to me until I remembered how very little sleep I had been getting.

In fact, as I was typing this it came back to me that the last time I got sick was during a time when I wasn’t getting the right amount of sleep either. And I have no excuses.

I could have gotten in bed earlier if I really wanted to.  So I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I need help in this area.

Something very important I want to point out though, is that I have had zero guilt and condemnation over this. I’ve been sad that I disobeyed God by not getting in bed when I should have, that I had to miss my last day of JUMP camp and also had to miss another very special event tonight that our family was invited to… but not one ounce of guilt or condemnation.

I have a closer relationship with God now than I’ve ever had before so, of course, it makes me sad when I disregard His leading, but my genuine act of repentance didn’t take all day and it never does for me anymore. I already know I’m loved, righteous and forgiven in Christ and I think about that A LOT. In fact, I meditate on these Biblical truths everday!

The Bible says it’s God’s goodness that leads us to repentance, which is why I’m quicker to repent now than ever before. It’s the natural result of having my mind on God’s goodness so often. I hope you’re experiencing this same freedom!

As a believer in Jesus your position of being loved, righteous and forgiven never changes according to what you do or fail to do. It was never established based on you to begin with. Your position in Christ is established on what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you and your acceptance of that.

Even though I know I opened the door for this sickness by allowing my immune system to get worn down through my disobedience (lack of sleep), I’m fully expecting to get over this very quickly. It’s not like I have to be sick for a certain amount of days to pay my dues and then I’m clear. This is not a punishment from God.

In the new covenant of God’s grace we don’t get punished for our sin, thanks to Jesus. He already took all the punishment for all of our sin in His body on the cross. His willingness to go to the cross changed everything!

I also want to be sure I clarify that every time we are sick or have a negative circumstance, this does not always mean we’re living out natural consequences from some choice we’ve made. Many times these things just happen as a result of us living in a fallen world. The devil will continue to attack us until that glorious day when God throws him into the fiery lake of burning sulphur.

Revelation 20:10 (NLT)

Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Seriously, I’m just sayin’ – this is going to be one of the happiest days of my life!

But until this day arrives, we have to fight the good fight of faith and remember that we have authority over the devil.

Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses. –1 Timothy 6:12 (AMP)

Ok, I just got a fresh revelation on the importance of us knowing we are completely forgiven in conjunction with us walking in our authority in Christ from reading these next two verses.

Colossians 2:14-15 

14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross. (NLT)

Jesus paid our debt and secured our complete forgiveness. ‘In this way’ He disarmed and shamed the devil and his demons by His victory over them on the cross. Then He gave this authority to us, His followers!

Through the cross, the authority Adam and Eve handed over to satan has now been handed back to us believers – all because of Jesus. See, I told you the cross changed everything!

Luke 10:19 (AMP)

19 Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.

My good friend Cally had to fight the good fight of faith and remember her authority in Christ recently as she got some routine blood tests and her numbers were really high, indicating possible cancer.

Her doctor wanted to do exploratory surgery. I watched her rest in Jesus’ finished work and all that He has provided for her. From that place of rest I also watched her follow through on a specific protocol that the Holy Spirit led her to go on.

She received grace to implement this protocol AND she just received the great news last week that every one of her numbers are completely normal.

Her doctor cannot explain it, but Cally can. No surgery needed. And Cally has already been able to speak into the lives of several doctors as a result of her miracle!

Cally didn’t carry the burden of her healing because she understands that when Jesus said, it is finished, He meant it is finished! She stayed in peace, relied on the power of prayer and God’s Word and followed the leading of the Holy Spirit.

This is not the first time Cally has received a miracle either. Another one of her miraculous stories is in my book and in this blog post titled Victorious Living.

God is still in the miracle working business folks. In fact, I’m convinced if we wrote down all the good things God did for us we would be astounded by the way He miraculously watches over us!

Just this week on the first day of camp my right eye was bothering me really bad. I almost never have eye problems. Sometimes, don’t you just want to say, “you’re so obvious devil.”

I even had to borrow eye wash and saline solution from the first aid station at camp several times during the day to get rid of the pain, but it started hurting again after getting home.

I simply prayed over my eye and commanded the pain to go and my eye to be made whole in the name of Jesus and I received the healing that Jesus provided for me through His finished work. It never hurt after that. Healed!

Now, do we perfectly understand everything that happens in this life. No we don’t. Sometimes we have to set aside what we don’t understand and stick with what we do understand and one thing we know is what Jesus Himself said here in John 10:10:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – John 10:10 (NKJV)

Another thing we know is that the devil is bad, but God is good.

Referring back to the title of this post, I refuse to carry the burden of trying to change myself in this area of being more disciplined to get the right amount of sleep. I lived that way for far too long and finally decided to trade trying in my own strength for trusting Jesus; therefore, right in the middle of experiencing the natural consequence of my poor choice (being sick), I turned my attention to Jesus and thanked Him once again for His love, His gift of righteousness and His forgiveness.

I know that focusing on God’s grace is the answer. I’ve had too many positive changes in my life over the past 4 years of my grace journey in areas that I struggled to change in my own strength for years and years to not believe my answer is the grace of God. I could never be convinced otherwise.

I’m not sitting here feeling guilty or condemned for my wrong choice. I’m still believing wholeheartedly in the healing power of Jesus for my body and am ever so grateful that it is not based on my actions, but on Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

The more you understand your position in Christ, the more immovable you will be, no matter what storms come along.

My friend, always remember you can rest in Jesus’ finished work for every single thing you need!

Make the big deal about Jesus and His perfect life of obedience to His Father. Refuse to make the big deal about you and your failures.

Go to the the throne of grace. Receive help in your time of need.

When you do this, you will see as I have, that it is 100% possible for you to enjoy a life of peace and rest!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

We Are Weak…But He Is Strong

I was singing the song  Jesus Loves Me by Anna B. Warner the other day. As I was singing in first person, this one line really stood out to me: We Are Weak, But He Is Strong. I’ve been singing this all week long and loving it!

Recently, after watching one of my TV interviews, a Christian woman asked me why I get to live in peace and wanted to know where her peace was. I love being asked these types of questions because it forces me to think through my answers and I learn a lot in the process. Questions from other people about my grace journey have actually been a major help to me.

Here’s a portion of my answer to her question:

I believe God created each person with a free will because He loved us so much that He didn’t want to have robots that served Him and loved Him because they were forced to. With free choice came the option to choose good or evil. Even though I was a Christian, I chose the wrong path for many, many years by choosing to rely on myself and my own efforts and by trying to solve my problems without God’s help. This approach to life left me feeling anxious and frustrated almost constantly. I believe the reason I now live in the peace that passes understanding that the Bible talks about is because I finally chose to give up on my own self efforts and told God that I was done trying to live this life in my own strength. When I made the choice to receive His Great Grace and came to the understanding that only through Him was I going to be able to successfully live the Christian life, His peace came over me and it has never left. Just like me, the way you’ll know if you’re trusting in God instead of trying to figure things out on your own and working everything out in your own strength is that you will have peace, even when all of your circumstances are not lining up correctly. You’ll have peace in the midst of the storm. You’ll find yourself relying on God’s ability instead of your own to solve your problems. Now, this doesn’t mean there will be nothing for you to do in regards to your specific circumstances and situations, but whatever actions you take, they need to be Spirit-led actions and not self-led actions.

I’m happy to say that my reply to her question encouraged her. Thank God!

I’ve posted it here with the hope that it will encourage many others as well.

Let me make one clarification to my response: Of course, what I said to her doesn’t mean I’m living in perfect peace 100% of the time because there are still times when I choose to trust in myself and my own ability to solve my problems instead of trusting in God and receiving His grace for the situation at hand. But life has become pretty simple now for my family and I because when things begin to get chaotic, we simply stop and ask ourselves several questions:

1.) In what area are we not trusting God that is causing this anxiety and frustration?

2.) In what area are we doing our own thing instead of following the leadership of the Holy Spirit?

We’re convinced that the Holy Spirit would never lead us into chaos so if our lives begin to get chaotic, that’s a sign to us that we haven’t taken the time needed to hear God’s heart in one area or another.

There’s an extreme amount of safety in remembering:

WE ARE WEAK…BUT HE IS STRONG

There’s also an extreme amount of danger in us putting confidence in our own flesh.

I love these scriptures that remind me of this truth.

In Philippians 3:3-4 Paul says, 

3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! (NLT) 

Have you ever heard someone say “Jesus is just a crutch?”

Ha! No way. Jesus isn’t just my crutch. He’s my whole hospital!

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 says,  

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of the brightest and the best among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these nobodies to expose the hollow pretensions of the somebodies? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have “right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start” comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” (MSG) 

So let’s sing it out friends. Let’s sing it loud and clear:

We Are Weak, But He Is Strong!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

What’s Rest Got To Do With It?

This past March my twin girls had their first slumber party to celebrate their birthdays. As they were eating breakfast with their friends the next morning I thought to myself, “I want to listen in and see what all these girlsies are talking about.”

Interestingly enough, they were not trying to impress each other by naming off the things that they owned or the things that they had accomplished, like adults sometimes do.

These 10-12 year olds were talking about the vacations they had been on with their families. I sat there and smiled as I said to Steve, “This is so cool. What makes these girls happier than anything is getting to spend time with their families!”

Steve and I really want to be great friends with our daughters, Angel and Starr, all throughout their lives. We’re thoroughly enjoying our relationship with our girls now as well as looking forward to what our relationship is going to look like as they grow up and begin leading lives of their own. We want to continue doing life with them and we want them to want to continue doing life with us as well.

The kind of relationship Steve and I want to have with each other and with our girls is one of the things we kept in mind when we made the decision to go with owning less stuff and more date nights with each other, date nights with our girls and family vacations.

We are in the middle of a vacation right now and we could definitely have found something else to do with this money (isn’t that always the case), but we don’t want to do something else. We want the memories with each other.

We think investing in our relationships holds far more value than getting our garage fixed up or finishing the decorating on the inside of our home or buying furniture for our one room that still doesn’t have any after four years of living here.

That will all be done over time, one thing at a time, but the memories come first. Why? Because they’re more than just memories.

We’re building a family identity together. The security our girls are gaining from knowing that they are so much more valuable to us than material possessions is something we believe they will take with them into their own families.

Really, so many of the decisions Steve and I are making now, by God’s grace, are actually an investment,  not only into our kids lives, but also into our grandkids lives. Did I mention we are already looking so forward to having grandkids? Cannot wait!

In talking about this subject, I realize there are many people who are barely paying the bills with the income that they earn and I am definitely not for spending money you don’t have. As my Dad says, “If we spend tomorrow’s prosperity today, then tomorrow we will be living in poverty.”

So everyone has to start where they are at. For instance, Steve and I go on a date twice a month, but we don’t want to pay a sitter twice a month so one of our dates is a stay-at-home date. This way our date money that we set aside each time Steve gets an extra check (which is twice a year) lasts a lot longer.

As I mentioned, we are on a vacation right now and it is a dream come true for me. Ever since I saw the Anne of Green Gables series of movies years ago I have wanted to go to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Well, I will be there by the end of this week, but this didn’t happen immediately just because I wished for it. It took lots of years of being patient and not getting ourselves into debt by spending money we didn’t have and continuing to believe that if we used wisdom that we would be able to go someday.

When I first started having a desire to do this our girls were not even born yet and they are now 11 years old so you can see how much patience I’ve needed to have. And that’s ok. Waiting is good for us. Do you know how much I am going to treasure the memories from this vacation since I have waited to do this for so many years? A lot!

Anything is possible when we are willing to put whatever little amount of money we can aside and wait, wait, wait. The thing that Steve and I have found out to be true with money is, if we don’t set it aside for date nights with each other, date nights with our girls and family vacations, that money will get spent some other way and usually very rapidly. But if we set some aside from each paycheck or from the extra paychecks Steve gets, it does eventually add up so we can do some special things with each other and with our kids!

So please don’t let the fact that you don’t have enough money right now stop you. You can even take a stay-cation. You can take off work for the week, stay at home and plan lots of local things to do with your family. We have done this before as well and it was so much fun!

And most importantly, above and beyond all of this, you gotta believe that God, your Heavenly Father, does want to see you blessed. It really is ok with Him if you laugh a lot and take breaks and go out and have fun and go on vacations.

I know for me personally, I used to feel like I was doing something wrong if I wasn’t working all the time.  It was ridiculous. I think a lot of people struggle with this. For me, so much of this workaholic mentality stemmed from my misconceptions about God and the way I perceived Him to be, but thankfully I’m getting all straightened out now by His grace. Now I see God as my Heavenly Father who loves, loves, loves me.

You wouldn’t even believe the number of times I’ve  simply prayed and seen miraculous answers. I’ve prayed simple, believing prayers like this. “Dear God, I sure would like to have some more money for date nights. We are running low and won’t be getting any more for a number of months. I trust you to provide for us, in Jesus’ name, Amen!” or “Dear God, I would love to go to this particular place on a family vacation. It’s a desire of my heart. I thank you for providing the finances for us to be able to do this someday, according to Your will, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Obviously, from a physical and mental standpoint having an impromptu mid-week movie night with the family, a day of rest, time out with your friends, date nights, and vacations are all so good for you because they allow you to pull away from your normal everyday life and throw in some variety and they allow you to recover.

Yesterday we were on a bike ride with our friends, Frankie and Teresa, in upstate New York. As we were coasting down one of the hills on our bike ride I told Angel and Starr, “It’s in the times when you’re coasting downhill that you can recover for the times when you have to peddle uphill.”

It’s the same in life. This is what vacations are for. This is what time alone is for. This is what Mom’s nights out are for. This is what date nights are for. This is what any and every kind of break is for – recovery and strength building so we can then do everything else God has called us to do in life!

Don’t be afraid to rest because rest has everything to do with God’s overall plan for you!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

When You Rest, God Goes To Work On Your Behalf

See this long, deep, ugly scratch on our car?

I was pulling out of my driveway a couple of weeks ago when I side-swiped my own mailbox. Seriously, who does that! Apparently I do and for some reason I have beaten up this particular car on a number of occasions. I can’t seem to stop running into things, but thankfully, I have not actually hit any other cars or people, only my own house. No need to show my mailbox here though, because it looks like it’s been virtually untouched. Go figure.

The day I did this though, I was so excited about the reaction I had toward myself because of how different it was from the way it would have been a couple of years ago. Oh my, had it been a couple of years prior to this, before God set me on the beautiful journey of grace that I am currently on, I would have been so mad at myself and felt so guilty about it. I would have been putting myself down for this imperfection and most likely calling myself not-so-nice names. But the reaction I had on May 21st was completely different. To my surprise, I did not feel one moment of anger toward myself that day. I was taking my girls to some classes and I actually kept laughing about what I had just done on the way there. It really was a great testimony to the power of God’s grace for my girls to see me stay calm and peaceful. Another thing I very well may have done in the past or even could have done a few weeks ago when this happened, had I not been focusing on right believing in the days leading up to this event, was that I may have even blamed my 11 year old twin girls, saying they were talking to me and distracted me, causing me to hit the mailbox.

When we don’t feel good about ourselves because we don’t know who we are in Christ, it’s so hard to admit we are wrong and many times, in an effort to escape our guilty feelings, we blame others. This all changes as we become more solid in knowing who we are in Christ and in knowing how deeply loved we are by God. It doesn’t mean we are going to be perfect because of course, we don’t always believe right 100% of the time. Sometimes we choose wrong believing, but what I’ve found to be true is that the longer I have been on this grace journey, the more often my mind is filled with right believing and right believing always leads to right living!

On May 21st, after I ran into my mailbox, I continued to drive my girls to their classes. For about the first 5 or 10 minutes I didn’t even know I had scratched the car, until my daughter Angel gasped as she saw the scratch in the side-view mirror outside the passengers seat. As a result of God’s grace at work in my life, the first thing I felt that day was not anger or guilt or fear. The first thing I remember coming to my mind was, “That’s O.K, I am completely loved by God.” Then the second thing I remember thinking of was the following verse!

Romans 8:28(NLT)

28And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

In fact, after I dropped my girls off I started singing this verse. Something like, “I thank you God that Your working this situation out for my good, I thank You God that Your working this situation out for my good.” I sang it over and over and over again. Then this thought came to my mind, “I should take a picture of the scratch and do an Instagram/Facebook/Twitter post so I can encourage others about how we can remain at rest, even in hard times, when we are living under God’s grace. I told the short version of my story and pretty much stated what I have already told you here, but one of the things I said as a way of encouragement was this: “My friend, it’s such a beautiful thing to relax in God’s love for you and know that you are secure in who you are in Him and no mistake you ever make can shake you from that secure place in Christ. God’s love truly does drive out every fear.” (1 John 4:18)

So I had made a decision to stay in rest regarding the whole situation. How was I able to do that? By God’s grace. “But what do you mean when you say you were able to stay in rest by God’s grace, Sandra?” I am so glad you asked this question. When a person is living under God’s grace that means they are going to be focusing often on everything that God’s grace is; therefore, other than allowing the devil to trip me up for a day or two (and that definitely happens sometimes), oftentimes I make the daily choice to stay surrendered to or yielded to God’s grace in my life and focus on His unmerited favor toward me (which is His grace)! I didn’t start out doing this as frequently a couple of years ago when God first set me on this journey because I didn’t understand how amazing His grace was back then. But the more I started trusting in Him and His unmerited favor in my life instead of my own self-efforts, the more I saw the phenomenal results that accompanied this kind of lifestyle. Then, on days when I would go back to doing things by my own self-efforts or trying to live life in my own strength I kept seeing over and over again that things never ended up good, or even if I could manage to get a good result once in a while, I noticed that this kind of lifestyle was always accompanied by anxiety and frustration as I busied myself trying to produce the result I wanted. This is why the subtitle to my book that is coming out next year, in the Spring of 2015, is ‘From Anxiety and Frustration to Rest and Relaxation.’ The more I see the incredible results that go with a life lived by resting in God’s grace, the more I desire to continue in His grace!

Someone may ask, “Why didn’t you choose to live this kind of restful lifestyle all the other years in the past when you were almost constantly anxious and frustrated.” Another great question and one I have thought about often. I believe I have an answer. First of all, I was very, very caught up in myself and living my life by my own self-efforts/in my own strength. I also lived with many misconceptions about the way I perceived that God felt about me. I saw Him as a hard taskmaster, not a loving Father, which caused me to live in fear that I needed to do all these things to prove myself acceptable to Him. The fear I lived with just caused me to try more and work harder, but no matter how hard I tried and no matter how much I worked, I never felt I was doing enough for God or even if I was doing a lot, I never felt I was doing it all right, and that simply wasn’t acceptable to me. I knew the word grace in my head, but I didn’t understand true grace in my heart and it wasn’t until I came to the point of exhaustion and decided to give up all my self-efforts one day late in December of 2011, telling God I could no longer live the Christian life and crying out to Him for help that my life began to change. I call this day my coming to the end of myself day or as the Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:24 (MSG) – “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope.”

This is when God came in as if to say, “Good Sandra. I have been waiting for this day. Now that you know you can’t do this on your own and you have cried out to Me for My help, let Me show you how the Christian life is meant to be lived and not only that, but how it can be lived from a place of great effectiveness, beyond anything you have ever imagined possible and how all this can be done from a place of complete rest in Me!” Over time, from living under God’s grace, I have become less self-focused and more Jesus-focused and I am just beside myself with joy. As you can see, the joy I am experiencing is not based on my circumstances. It’s based on Jesus and Jesus’ finished work on the cross. It’s based on God’s unconditional love for me, totally separate from any right or wrong that I do, which is why I could feel just as confident and peaceful after hitting the mailbox and scratching my car as I did before I made that mistake. My focus that day was not on me after I did what I did. I immediately turned my focus to God and His goodness. In fact, I remember thinking, “Wow, this is so cool to be able to stay in peace right now after what I just did.” I was just thanking God all the way to the girls’ classes and all the way home. That day, I had no idea what God had in store for me, I just knew that because He was with me and was never going to leave me, everything was going to work out fine.

As I said I would, I posted a photo of the scratch on my car along with an encouraging word via social media and the very next day something amazing happened! One of our Facebook friends names Greg, who Steve and I went to church with for years and years a long time ago, posted a comment on my Facebook page telling me that he works at an auto body shop near us and said, “Let me know when you want to get your car in and we will make it look new again. Don’t even worry about the money. We just count you as family.” Another jaw dropping experience that is a regular part of our life now because our trust is no longer in ourselves, but in God’s unmerited favor. In other words, we didn’t do anything to deserve this blessing. It was simply a sheer act of God’s grace. Still, just think about all the stress and anxiety and lack of sleep that I could have had over this seemingly bad circumstance that has actually turned into a testimony that will inspire many people. As you can see, it wasn’t necessary for me to go through any stress at all because God’s amazing grace was and always will be enough for anything and everything we ever encounter in life.

We just picked our car up a few days ago and look at this!

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The scratch needed to be sanded out, they had to take a dent out of the door and the whole door panel had to be re-painted. Who knows, this could have cost up to $1000 if we would have had to pay for it. We even asked the company who fixed our car if they wanted us to mention the name of their company on Facebook and they said, “Nope, God has blessed us so much. We have work backed up for nine months. Well, guess what, Steve and I are not the only ones who have benefitted from their generosity. Greg was telling us some stories and they do these kinds of things for people on a regular basis as the Lord leads them. All they wanted was for others to hear this testimony so God could be glorified.

I WILL be spending the rest of my life telling people how good God is and how we can choose to enter His rest and live in this wonderful place of peace! Look what happened. When I decided to rest, God went to work on my behalf and this is one of so, so, so, many times that He has done this for the McCollom’s since the day that we made a decision to live by His grace alone! YOU CAN enter into this place of resting in Christ as well and just stand back in awe and watch God work on your behalf! The more you choose this lifestyle, the more you will see what it produces and the more addicted you will become to living this way! Honestly, once a person gets a revelation of true grace it just naturally leads you to a place of wanting to live in it more and more often because you end up realizing, “I’d be crazy not to receive everything that my amazing Savior, Jesus, died to provide for me!’

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom