Plug Into Grace

By Sabrina Schlesinger

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Grace. It is a word we use often, but how many of us actually understand what we are saying? I think understanding grace will be a lifelong lesson as there seems to always be new facets to discover. But lets make sure we understand the basic definition.

I have heard it said that grace is unmerited favor. And yes, that is right! It is unearned and a blessing to us. But if that is all we see it as, we are missing so much more.

Here is my simplified definition. Grace is God’s power and God’s ability at work in my life. My husband adds that grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve (and mercy is God withholding what we do deserve!)

Think about an outlet on a wall. It has power charging through it, available for you and I at any time. This is much like the grace of God. We are near it and it is readily available to us, but much like that outlet, it won’t do us much good if we don’t plug into it and access the power.

2 Corinthians 12:9a says “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” (MSG)

So the question is, how do you and I plug into His grace? How do we access His freely given power and ability in our lives? I’m glad you asked. Here are two ways we can do this.

1.     Humble ourselves.

God’s word says that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. To be humble means to be brought low. It means not thinking more of ourselves then we ought to. It is putting God at the top and placing ourselves at the bottom. We must get our position right if we are going to plug into the grace of God.

2.     Admit we need help.

It is hard to help someone when they don’t want it, isn’t it? And it is even harder when they say they don’t need it! The same works with God. He wants to freely give us His grace, but it is contingent on our asking.

Look at Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10. Jesus approached this man, who was obviously blind and needed sight, yet Jesus still asked him an important question. “What do you want me to do for you?” There is an important key to accessing God’s grace in our asking. We must admit we can’t do it on our own and need help.

It is when we do these two things that the grace and power of God come rushing in like a flood into our lives, circumstances and messes. It is at this time that we feel the peace of God come over us when all of life is shaking around us. It is in this spot that we can stand in the face of great tribulation and trials, because we are no longer standing in our own strength but have accessed something far more powerful than ourselves.

Remember mom…you were not created or designed to carry such weights and burdens on your own. ALL of us, even the strongest among us, will crumble in our own strength from the pressures this world brings our way. We all need this.

The remainder of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says it so beautifully…”So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NLT)

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

Let go and let God take over.


Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance graphic designer and mom coach! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!


Sabrina Schlesinger

I am officially middle-aged! I have gone up the hill and am now SLOWLY going down the other side.

I am married to my best friend! No really! Our first 10 months of dating were spent entirely in group settings, either working along side each other in ministry or at our families homes. We never had alone time. We never held hands. We never kissed. So we had a great amount of time to talk and really get to know each other. We read books, received counsel from our pastors, discussed our strengths and weaknesses in front of our parents, and built a foundation of friendship that I am forever grateful for. And let me tell you...when we did have our first kiss 10 months in....there were fireworks baby!!!! We are approaching our 17th anniversary and co-pastor Grace Church in Oceanside, CA. We are living out or dream and calling side by side.

I am a mom of 4. We have three girls and a boy.

When we gave birth to my first girl, Sophie (now 16), we thought we were amazing parents. She slept through the night, hardly every fussed, was beautiful and easy. First child syndrome...I know.

When I gave birth to Mattie (now 14) nearly two years later everything changed. She was colicky from the start, she had red raspberries on her face that turned BRIGHT RED when she that was all the time, and as she grew, it didn't get any better. I seriously thought at one point she was demon possessed because her outrageous fits where over the top. I could often be found in a fetal position crying when Matthew, my husband came home. Little did I know then that Mattie and her over-the-top fits would be the catalyst for so many future ministry moments with other moms in desperate need of help and advice on raising toddlers...who too were crazy!

We thought we were done. After Mattie I was like, "No way, I can't risk having another kid like that! The only way I will get pregnant again is if God speaks to me directly, and I don't think He is planning that." Welp....I was wrong. I heard God speak to me one night as I was at a conference that we were to have a third child and He spoke some very special promises to me about this child. So out popped Lillian (aka Lily - now 11).

Lily wass one of those babies that everyone gravitated too. She had and still does have a spirit about her that is so welcoming, loving, and kind. People just love her and she loves people. I am so glad I obeyed the Lord on this one. After Lily we felt done. This time Matthew said, "If we are supposed to have any more children, God is going to have to speak to me directly." Fast forward 9 years!

In August of 2016 we were on a much needed family vacation, the five of us. It was at this time that God whispered in the ear of my husband that we were to adopt a child from our county. Matthew told me what God said and of course, I said, "Let's do it!" I will write another post about our adoption story later, but November 1st, 2017, at age 4 1/2, Shawn (now 6) came into our home and became our son.

I am a freelance graphic designer by trade and a pastor by calling, but I felt like there was something more I should be doing. Recently I asked myself a question..."What brings me life?" It was easy for me to answer. I LOVE helping young moms navigate through motherhood. I love giving advice to help moms get through tough and trying seasons of life. There is a generation of moms out there who have broken relationships with their own mothers and feel like they have no one to turn to. That breaks my heart. No mom should have to go through life alone with nobody to lean on. And this is where Mom Mentor was birthed.

So that is me in a nutshell. I am pretty simple, not high maintenance, a lover of mac-and-cheese and chai lattes, and slightly obsessed with all things dystopian. I am glad to have met you and I look forward to our journey together!

Love & Blessings,