Living In The Grace Zone by Sandra McCollom

Living In The Grace Zone by Sandra McCollom

I truly believe there’s a place that Believers in Jesus can live in where Jesus’ presence permeates the very atmosphere. A place of grace, filled with everything Jesus, Who is grace. There’s not a doubt in my mind that every Believer can live and remain in this place that I like to refer to as The Grace Zone. How would I know? Because I’ve personally made The Grace Zone my home these past two and a half years.

You see, as a Born Again Christian for 34 years, I lived in a perpetual state of anxiety and frustration – trying, trying, trying to live the Christian life. Living my life as a Christian wasn’t about my relationship with Jesus. It was about me seeing if I could follow all the rules and trying to improve myself over yesterday. I was completely focused on me, myself and I, working so very hard in order to find a greater sense of personal worth and value. More than anything, I was desperately hoping God would be pleased with me.

After continuing down that monotonous path for 34 years, I finally wore myself out and at the end of 2011 I told God I just couldn’t do it anymore. I just couldn’t live the Christian life. I begged for help and God heard my prayer that day.

God answered my prayer by setting me on the most amazing journey I could ever imagine. He set me on a journey to discover the riches of His grace! This was in January of 2012 and from that day until this one, God continues to unspool my wrong thinking and spool it back up again correctly.

The Holy Spirit, my amazing Helper, helped me take my eyes off of myself and my performance and place them on Jesus and His finished work on the cross. I finally got it – “Oh, God already loves me perfectly and He is pleased with me. He has fully accepted me and sees me finished, completed in His Son.” I can’t even put into words my level of relief. I literally felt as if I was Born Again, all over again. I fell completely in love with Jesus, beyond anything that I ever imagined possible!

As a result of making the switch from placing my faith in my own self-efforts to placing my faith in God’s unmerited favor (His grace), the anxiety and frustration I had lived in for so many years began to melt away. I felt a peace like nothing I’d ever felt before. In fact, at first I was thinking, “I don’t know where this new, wonderful feeling is coming from, but I’m sure it won’t last long.” I kept waiting for it to disappear, but it never did and it never has – even after 2.5 years.

Does this mean I live in peace 100% of the time. No…but here’s the truth. Before I got a revelation of God’s amazing grace – not as one message, not as a subject, but grace as the person of Jesus Christ in my life – I was living in anxiety and frustration probably 95% of the time. Now, I live in rest 95% of the time. I’m forever grateful!

This post would be way to long if I told you all the things that God has transformed in me over the past couple of years, by His grace, that I spent decades trying to change in myself, to no avail. I was deceived into thinking that I had to do it all myself, but once I got the revelation that Jesus had already won the victory for me, I stopped trying to live by all my rules and regulations. When I began to set my eyes on Jesus, rapid spiritual growth started happening!

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:18-NLT)

Oh yes, there is absolutely a place available to the Believer that is filled with peace and rest, where the presence of Jesus will permeate your world. I encourage you to set your eyes on Jesus and on everything that Jesus did for you on that cross. My life is a good example of how someone can be a Christian for many years; yet, still not be living the life that has been provided for them as a result of Jesus’ finished work. My friend, there’s no need for you to live another day without believing in and receiving everything Jesus has provided for you. You can live in The Grace Zone!


    Thanks for sharing part of your journey into The Grace Zone. I have walked a similar path and spent many years trying to be “good enough” only to feel constantly defeated. Now I live in such joy and peace and pray for others to discover the wonder of God’s amazing grace. Blessings! :)

  2. Way to go Sandra – such a great job! I love your approach to your life now and pray God will continue to change me and set me free as He has done for you. God is so good!!!

    • Kim, there is no doubt in my mind that He will continue to set you free as you continue listening to messages and reading books filled with the good news of God’s grace!


    Sandra, I LOVE the name of this article–The Grace Zone!!!!! It’s so wonderful to let go and let God so that we can live the wonderful life Jesus died for us to live. Living in the bondage of always trying to do everything right is a prison we keep ourselves in. Allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us step by step while we remain in peace and receive from Him allows us to go out and love others. When we hate ourselves for not doing everything right we’re so focused on ourselves that we have nothing good to give anyone else. It’s great to see your blogs again. :)


    i agree thank you for sharing sandra

    Christine McElroy Nov 29, 2014, 9:12 am

    Sandra, thank you for this article! It resonated loud and clear with me as a similar occurrence happened to me this past spring. I had lived my life trying to do things the “right” way, only to end up frustrated and discouraged. But, by the grace of God, after pouring my heart out to Him, Jesus became so real to me, it was as though I just “met” Him for the first time! I can’t even put it adequately into words. The Lord is so good to us! He has healed me and continues to heal me of many things, including many of my own preconceived limitations, and all I can say is Wow! Our Lord Jesus has done it all for us and by his grace we are saved. Truly, what He has planned for us is far better than what we had planned. He truly is with me all day, every day.
    I, too, wondered if this would fade away with the business of life, but He is still here with me–praise God! I am so looking forward to your reading your book. Keep writing and sharing please! God bless you!


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