Mar 01

Amazing Grace in Your Face

By: Jamie Len Cumbo

Last night I went to A Beacon of Hope’s annual gala called Amazing Grace. I went with one purpose in mind, to see the author Lysa Terkeurst speak, and came out with a deeper understanding of God’s grace along with an in-your-face- lesson learned.

Just last week I started reading one of Lysa’s books, UNGLUED. She’s a huge motivational faith-based author. After diving into her book, I discovered how much I loved how raw and transparent she was. How she was able to openly discuss her past mistakes & pain to change lives in a big way.

Intrigued by her style and all she has been through, I Googled her to learn more about her.

I came across a series of videos where she was speaking and found her incredibly captivating. I then went on her website to look at upcoming events and it just so happened she was coming to Georgia this weekend!

I immediately bought a ticket not even realizing what event I would be going to. Selfishly, I just wanted to hear her speak and meet her.

The event happened to be for a women’s pregnancy center, A Beacon of Hope, helping women with unplanned pregnancies.  Lysa told us her story of having an abortion many years ago and the impact it’s had on her life.

It was through one of those centers she felt God’s amazing grace and forgiveness & now speaks to millions across the world and ministers about God’s unconditional love & the power of forgiveness.

Now that is what I call amazing grace.

The way God has used her past, her struggles, & her hurt to bring so much light into millions of lives.  It was such a POWERFUL testimony at how God works through us if we let His grace in.

I couldn’t help but feel God wanted me there at that event last night & hearing Lysa speak was just a part of it.

Our table ended up being right next to her!  Literally.  In my face, there she sat the entire night.. just a few feet away.    I sat there as we ate and contemplated several times going up to her to say hi. Normally I don’t hesitate at moments like this.

Last night, I did nothing. 

I’m not sure what took over, but I didn’t want to interrupt her dinner and figured I’d just wait until after the event to meet her.    Assuming she would be bombarded after she spoke, but I decided I would wait no matter how long the line was.    She’s made an impact in my heart and I simply wanted to thank her for sharing her testimony.

But that moment never came.

She gave her speech and guess who won the raffle after her speech?   Yep.   I had the matching ticket.  By the time I walked up to get the prize and sat back down, she was gone.   I didn’t get a chance to thank her.

Actually, that’s not true.   I DID get a chance… I had the chance all night… but I didn’t take the opportunity to act on it.

It was an in-your-face moment of insight for me. I was reminded this:

We are all exactly where we are meant to be in our lives.  We all have everything lined up for us that can help us in the direction we want to go.

God doesn’t want us to sit and wait for everything to be perfect before we take action if something is tugging at our heart.  That’s called analysis paralysis. I was stuck in it last night & recognized that I didn’t act on what was so blatantly put in my face.

Opportunities are in front of ALL of us, all the time!! And when they are, we can pray and hope we see signs of what to do and what direction to go.

Trust your intuition. Know that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. And most importantly…. don’t hesitate to TAKE ACTION!! 




Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”

To learn more about A Beacon of Hope, check out http://www.beaconofhopeatl.org/

To learn more about Lysa TerKeurst check out her site:  http://www.lysaterkeurst.com  

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