Car Repair Grace

My husband's older car needed some major transmission repairs. I didn't mind, because I didn't have anything major to do, so he could use my car.

The week went by and then I needed to go see my dad in the Veteran's Home. We like to take my husband's car there and I started to get frustrated that the repairs had taken so long.  Somewhere along the line, I prayed a brief prayer for Car Repair Grace. Fortunately so, because it took a whole extra week before his car was repaired, because I could have been really frustrated by then, because we had family on standby each day to take my husband to go get his car.

Sometimes, it takes longer to find replacement parts for older cars. He has his car back and all is good. I'm just glad Christ gave me His grace, so my frustration didn't add to his stress in waiting for the car.

Example of a Brief Prayer

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15: 11

I was with someone who was scooping up some free popcorn. They didn't ask me if I wanted any. The person told me that I should get a bag of popcorn and then took it from my hands. They wanted me to get the popcorn for them to eat later.

It's such a silly thing, but it really did irritate me. Didn't that person think about whether I wanted some or not? Couldn't they have asked me if I wanted some before they took it from my hands? I found myself getting frustrated at that person. Then, it popped into my mind that that's not what Christ wants of me. He wants me to be gracious to those who irritate me, but I was too frustrated to be gracious at that moment.

What I prayed was, "Popcorn Grace," and immediately Christ calmed me down, so that I didn't respond to the person in a less than positive manner. Although the "Popcorn Grace" prayer was very brief, I was asking Christ to please give me grace with this popcorn situation, so I would respond in a gracious manner, and He did! It amazed me that He knew and understood my brief prayer and granted me that grace, so I could be more gracious as an example of how He works in my life! I have continued to use these brief prayers which are changing my life and my response to others. If Christ can do this for me, He can most certainly do it for you, as well. Try it...what can it hurt?