It is with much thankfulness that I am writing today. I may have missed the holiday of Thanksgiving, but thanksgiving fills my heart. After years of battling an intestinal problem, the surgery that I had on Nov. 18 has proven to be a success. I enjoyed a nice long walk today, and other than being tired, no discomfort or needing to desperately look for a rest stop.

I am so thankful for the surgeon I was directed to. God truly blessed his work. The staff at the hospital was great, and being able to recover at home has been nice. I came home to a clean house, and my refrigerator keeps getting refilled before I need to add anything to it. This girl is not going to starve to death!

I had read many horror stories about the type of surgery that I was going to undergo, but I knew I needed it. I am so thankful it was successful. If all goes well, I will be able to get back to work next week… rejuvenated and re-energized.

Sometimes, spiritually, isn’t that what we all need to do? We read a passage in Scripture that speaks to our hearts, and we realize that this is more than head knowledge. We need to act on it.

Perhaps to be a friend to someone as is written in Prov. 17:17 “A friend loves at all times.”

Perhaps to forgive someone as Jesus encouraged in Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Or to be an obedient child, a wife who honors her husband, or a husband who sacrificially loves his wife…

It’s like going under the knife. We risk being vulnerable and obedient, and there is no guarantee of the outcome, at least as it relates to the other person. But we know we need to do it.

And so we step out to obey, and oh the grace God gives! He is there to meet every step of the way. And to our surprise, we are the ones changed.

Grace in the everyday things of life, grace to live the life God has asked us to live. He showers His love upon us, grace upon grace…

And that leads to an interesting thought… did you know the number five represents grace in Hebrew numerology? When I was in the hospital, a friend called and asked where I was staying. “I’m on the fifth floor in room five,” I answered. My friend’s immediate answer, “Grace upon grace.”

And it was…