Being Fathered with Grace Mendez

Today's blog is written by Grace Mendez. Grace lives in Nashville with her husband and two sons. She is the Creative and Events Coordinator for Legacy Nashville. When you meet Grace, you instantly are aware of her love for the Lord. She is filled with the joy of the Lord like no other. We are thrilled to hear what she has to say about being Fathered! 

What does it mean to you to be Fathered? 

Being fathered is being cared for and covered. Several years ago I was living in Hawaii with a missions organization called YWAM. While I lived there my means of transportation was a moped. I had been on campus all day and forgot I needed to get gas in order to make it home. It was late and dark and I did not feel comfortable stopping alone to get gas. So I took the risk. In hindsight running out of gas was definitely a more dangerous gamble than stopping at a gas station after 10pm. As you can guess, I didn’t make it home on the little gas in my tank. I made it to my neighborhood but there was still a massive hill I didn’t stand a chance at pushing my moped up. My moped gracefully turned off and wouldn’t turn back on.. so I started to push! I made it all of 3 yards up the hill before thinking about telling my dad this story tomorrow. Then Luke 11:13 popped into my head, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”. My earthly father wouldn’t leave me hanging here, I bet the Father doesn’t want to either! So I prayed. “God, my earthly father wouldn’t make me do this, show me how you’re better!”. Right then I turned the key and my moped started, it took me all the way up the hill to my house and to the gas station the next morning!! Being Fathered is being covered. 

What is your favorite characteristic of the father and why? 

He GIVES grace!! Wouldn’t it be the worst if you were expected to learn everything about everything all at once? I love that The Father gives us the grace we need to grow. It’s ultimately not self help books or hours of podcasts, it’s His grace being fully sufficient. 

How does knowing the Father define who you are? 

So. Much. Freedom. I have two young sons and they both like to be in charge. But when they take charge everything is absolute chaos and there’s so much fight haha! But when they’re just being kids and allowing my husband and I to parent, there’s order and freedom in their lives. Positioning ourselves correctly in our role as children, is completely liberating!