Finding His Footprints in the Sand: God's Grace to Women in an Ungracious World

Finding His Footprints in the Sand: God's Grace to Women in an Ungracious World

by Erica S. Kim

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ISBN-13: 9781630474317
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Series: Morgan James Faith Series
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Erica S. Kim is a published author and dynamic speaker. She served as a missionary for almost 20 years on three different continents and speaks to many audiences about her life experiences, marriage, parenting, and grace. She is an elder’s wife and women’s ministry leader, counseling marriages and families. Erica has also written, “Open My Eyes Lord.” Erica has been married for 30 years and has three grown daughters.

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This Ungracious World

On February 8, 1988 while living in San Francisco, I received a phone call from my father, who was living in New Jersey at the time. “Your mother killed herself. I found her dead today,” he said in almost a whisper. As soon as he finished his sentence, I crumpled to the kitchen floor. I wailed so loudly that my 15-month-old baby, Miyoko, who had been playing in her room, came running and began to stroke my head as if I was the baby, and not her. Cradling the phone that was attached to the wall, my body heaved as I wept and wept. After a few minutes passed, my father said, “Come home.” What came out of my mouth following his words surprised me. “It’s your fault,” I replied while weeping. “Did you hear me? You did this to her.” The phone clicked as my father hung up.

In my grief and pain, I blamed my father. I was alone with my daughter and held her as I continued to cry for another hour before picking up the phone to leave a message for my husband who had flown to Japan early that morning. My mind raced in different directions. I was four months pregnant with our second child and had been frantically trying to contact my mother all day, since I had begun to spot that morning. My mother was a nurse, so I wanted her advice. The next day, in spite of being in a fog of grief, I made an emergency appointment to see my obstetrician. During my appointment, the doctor told me that if I got on a plane, I would probably lose the baby. I didn’t care anymore. I wanted to go home.

Many of us have experienced tragedy, abuse, and different forms of suffering, often in ways that are unique to us as women. God looks at each of us and knows our pain and feels each one of those scars. Even though we are Christians, when faced with crisis, our first response is too often not one of grace but rather a desire to lash out and blame others. Other times, we run away, withdrawing from even those who love us most. It is during these kinds of times that we see how much grace we lack in our lives and how much more we need to understand it, both for ourselves and towards others.

Jesus never lashed out from the cross. He endured a deep agony that we may never have to undergo during our lifetime just so we would not have to suffer eternally. It is through his life and attitude that we are taught how to respond in the most difficult times. Even though my general nature is to be easily forgiving towards others, I was not prepared for my response in times of grief. I saw that my faith and my heart were not strong enough to endure and to respond with the kind of grace that Jesus had shown me. I fell short with my father who was already torn up by his own feelings guilt. I reacted badly towards him and towards others during the hardest times in my life.

The reality is that we live in an ungracious world. For this reason, our upbringing and our past experiences have imprinted certain reactions and natural responses in each one of us. We often respond in ways that we have seen others do. It is said that most of us have lived with some type of dysfunctionality in our upbringing. Those memories can impact us more than God’s love.

Table of Contents

Introduction: This Ungracious World

Chapter One: For God So Loved the World

Chapter Two: Eve: God’s Grace Toward Sin

Chapter Three: Sarah: Grace Through Faith

Chapter Four: Rahab: God’s Grace for the Unloved

Chapter Five: Deborah: Raised Up Through Grace

Chapter Six: Ruth and Naomi: Finding Love Through Grace

Chapter Seven: Hannah: Finding Self-Worth Through Grace

Chapter Eight: Esther: Chosen By Grace

Chapter Nine: Mary, Mother of Jesus: Set Apart by Grace

Chapter Ten: Jesus: His Radical Love Can Heal Us

Chapter Eleven: Final Thoughts

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