Plowing the Ground of Grace (Pt. 4 of The Path to Divine Influence)


I remember an incident that put me in my place as a mother of five wonderful daughters who love their Lord more than life itself. Someone once asked us, “How did your girls turn out so well?”

Before I could muster an answer with a semblance of humility as to anything we had done as parents, our middle daughter Millie quickly summed up the truth. It was short, simple and giving credit where it was due.

God’s grace,” she announced. And she was right. I don’t know why God has chosen to bless us with children and grandchildren who love and follow Him. I am well aware there are parents who have faithfully raised their children in the admonition of the Lord. And yet to their dismay, some have chosen not to walk with God.

But then, Adam and Eve had perfect parents and they still rebelled. Can you imagine being birthed by God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? What would you and I have done? The truth is our Creator gave us free will. Therefore, we’re all susceptible to choosing our own way instead of God’s. It’s His grace alone that delivers us from our selfish ways. Why do some choose to receive His grace and some don’t? It’s a mystery, isn’t it?

But I will say this. If I could name one thing that has plowed the ground for God to work His grace in the lives of our family, it has been prayer. Prayer for and with one another, for and with our children and now for and with our grandchildren. Individually and as a family, prayer has been our “go to” solution for literally everything.


We live apart from our girls now so we’ve found a way to continue praying together. It’s called group texting. The seven of us are connected as a group text. Sure, a lot of chatter goes on. But the main purpose is for prayer.

You’d be surprised how many times a week, one of us sends out a request for prayer. Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, this sets the rest of us in motion to pray. Our praying for and with one another not only touches the heart of God; it tightens the bond between us and with Him.

Does God always answer our prayers? I believe He does. Does He always answer the way we ask or want Him to? Absolutely not!!

Are we sometimes disappointed? Yes. Do we sometimes get a little exasperated with God? I’m afraid so. And yet it is His unmerited favor (grace) that keeps us praying and believing. We don’t understand His methods and reasons but we do believe He answers every prayer with love, wisdom and forethought for our future. However, for some reason, He doesn’t inform us as to the “hows and whys.”

Aren’t we glad God is God and we’re not? We have no idea what is best for us. But if we know and love Him, we can claim His promise to work all things together for His purpose in our lives. (Romans 8:28-29) And since He is an all-knowing and sovereign God, we can trust Him to roll out life’s map His way. And we can trust Him with our children and grandchildren, as well.

As a parent, perhaps you identify with Jesusheart for Jerusalem. . . . How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” Luke 13:34

My heart goes out to you. Continue to pray for your children. Prayer is simply a dialogue between two or more people who love each other. God loves you and He loves your children more than you do. The prayers of faithful parents availeth much!

Meanwhile, I pray Psalm 36:5-9 for you.

*v. 5 – that you experience God’s love for you and your children

*verses 6-9 – and that you reap the following benefits of finding refuge in the shadow of His wings:

-satisfaction as you feast upon the blessings He offers you

-joy as you drink from His river of delights

-life as you flourish in His presence

-light as you bask in the wonder of His Word

So my friend, keep on plowing the ground of God’s grace with prayers of faith, hope and perseverance. Your prayers will bear fruit. For His grace is truly sufficient to meet your every need, as well as the desires He has planted in your heart. That’s a promise!(according to II Corinthians 12:9 and Psalm 37:3-6)


Let’s talk! What does it mean to you to take refuge in the shadow of His wings? How do you do this?

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3 Responses to “Plowing the Ground of Grace (Pt. 4 of The Path to Divine Influence)”
  1. shirlee says:

    I love this and you Liz. Thanks for writing. Shirlee F

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