What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Rom. 8:31

Heavenly Father, I just woke up in the Smith River Valley, Montana. Over the past few days, a few of us have been immersing ourselves in the grace-geography of Romans 8. Exploring the “wonderful things” revealed in this one chapter of your Word—(while catching trout, sighting wildlife, and savoring meals)—has been a profound gift. For what am I freshly grateful? Here’s a few of many.

Thank you for these three words: “Now. No. Condemnation.” Free from all judgment, we repent quicker and live kinder; throw less pity-parties and make less excuses; be more concerned about our eye-log than anybody else’s eye-speck.

Thank you for the Holy Spirit’s tenacious commitment to make us more like Jesus. If we’ll just listen, every day we’ll hear the Spirit tell us we belong to you, that Jesus is our wonderful merciful Savior; that our future is better than we can imagine; that we have His intercession and strength to help us in our weakness(es).

Thank you, Father, for calling us, justifying us, and guaranteeing our glorification. Thank you for intending us to live as your beloved children—not as spiritual orphans or slaves to fear. Thank you that nothing, no one, at no time can separate us from your love, undo our adoption, or keep us from the Day we will finally be like Jesus.

Father, continue to meet us, melt us, mesmerize us with your grace. So very Amen, we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.