Paul wrote this letter to young Timothy to encourage him in his ministry in Ephesus. Paul loved Timothy as a son and they had spent many years preaching the gospel together during his missionary trips. He was imprisoned in Rome at that time and he knew his time on this earth was coming to an end (2 Tim. 4:6-7). Still, Paul wrote to Timothy not to complain but to show him another aspect of God's grace that I hadn't paid much attention to. God's grace can strengthen us.
God's grace is undeserved favour. It's unexpected, extravagant, all-powerful and incredibly generous. It saves us and loves us first. It's more than what I can comprehend. But reading this short passage also brings this grace to a new level. In Christ, by his grace, we can be strengthened to persevere, to fight the good fight, to remain faithful, to try again, to keep loving, and to keep our faith. It's not in us, it's from Him. It's one more of his gifts to us, like a lilac tree blossoming in spring.
May this short verse encourage you too and may you be strengthened in the grace that is available to you through Christ Jesus. He sees us and our work is not in vain.
All about my next watercolour workshop in Ottawa:
I'm super excited about my next watercolour workshop later this month! Here are all the details:
I'm partnering with Safe Families Canada to raise funds for the Play Day campaign this year. Join me on Sep 24th for a Watercolour workshop for all levels with all supplies included. Learn more about this flexible medium, explore your creativity and let's help to keep children safe and families together! All donations will support families through the Ottawa Chapter and you'll receive a charitable tax receipt.
I truly believe anyone can learn how to paint and we feel accomplished when we channel our creativity into something we are passionate about. If you want to know more about watercolours, please join me and let's help Safe Families too :)
How it works:
- Donate to this page on Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/
- The minimum suggested donation is $45 but please feel free to be generous to this important cause :)
- Send me your donation confirmation email to secure your spot.
- Join us on Sep 24th, 9:30 AM -12:00 PM @ East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd's Rd and let's paint!