Every day.

joy – love – grace

I’ve been learning recently that these are not characteristics we stumble on. They are each a choice. Every day, we must make the choice for joy, love, and grace, despite our seemingly defining circumstances.

Lord, help me to choose joy — to praise you in all of my life.

Show me how to love — to love unconditionally the people who are hard to love.

Teach me to be full of grace — in the way I speak and act toward others, and in offering grace for their words and actions.

Give grace.

Heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people.”
Greg Laurie

To those who believe in God: Don’t forget it is people who are broken, hurting, struggling, lonely, angry, ashamed, living a lie — it is those people whom Jesus brings to himself. We  forget we were once like that. We don’t admit we still are. Be full of grace, and above all, do what you were called to do: love. Show God’s unfailing, unconditional, and always faithful love.

To those who do not believe in God: Don’t forget believers are still human. They are imperfect people just like the rest of the world. They are broken. They hurt. They make mistakes. Though we as believers are supposed to reflect Christ, we are not Christ. We want our lives to reflect the beauty of God, but when our sin gets in the way, I hope you also see the grace of God. Look only to God to know God fully. We can only aspire to be a reflection God, but will never have the capacity to love as greatly as He does.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:22-24 (New Living Translation)

Give a little grace today.

On losing: Far from God.

If you haven’t noticed already, my blog has had a little makeover. Recently God has been impressing on me the importance of giving my entire life to Him, not withholding anything. The Art of Losing is the narrative of this life that God has chosen for me. This week I’ll be posting a series for the first time on where my heart has been lately to bring me to The Art of Losing. As always, I welcome your thoughts and love to hear what is on your heart too. Thanks for reading!
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I don’t know how to describe my heart to you tonight. It’s funny that only a couple days ago I was writing about how heavy my heart was for some unknown reason. I had a few silly, girly thoughts rolling around in my head for why my heart was so unsettled. But tonight, God showed me why I have been burdened, and I just have to laugh. It’s so obvious, so blatantly obvious, that I feel like a  blind fool for not noticing sooner.

I am far from God.

Yeah. I am. So far from where God wants me to be.

I laugh at that now because sometimes it feels like God is absent when in actuality, He is in the middle of all of it. The confusion, hurt, anxiety,  heart-ache, indecision, darkness, vulnerability, shame, lies, lust, selfishness,  rock-bottom — He’s there. It doesn’t always feel like that, does it? It feels like He’s so far away. But He’s never left. He’s never moved an inch.

I am the one who was far away.

I am the one who chose to be against God.

I am the one who said ‘no’ to his perfect plan.

And He is the one who has the grace to take me back.

He is the one with a love that I will never be able to fathom, but will know intimately for all of eternity.

(Click here for the rest of the series: 23)