If you’ve been following my writing for long, you’ve heard me mention that I mess up sometimes … well, okay, I mess up a lot. In my marriage, in raising my children, in my Spiritual life.
God says do not envy … I do. Dr. James Dobson says not to yell at your children … I do. The Apostle Paul and a host of marriage experts admonish wives to show respect to our husbands … even when he doesn’t deserve it? I struggle with this one. Boy, do I struggle!
But I’m certain I’m not the only one who falls flat on her (or his) face occasionally … or maybe daily (Multiple times in a day, anyone?).
And I’m equally certain there is always hope. Each time we fall is another opportunity to get back up. Each mess-up exposes a lesson. [←Tweet this.] Each bout of self-condemnation is countered by God-assurance that indeed we may not have what it takes but God does.
God loves us not because of what we can accomplish, but because we are His child. His love never runs out; it does not have an expiration date. We can fail an infinite number of times and God will still be there to forgive and offer us strength and guidance. [←Tweet this.]
Oh the sweetness of grace!
And that’s the reason for this blog: to be open about my struggles, so you can feel less alone in yours, and to share the hope I’ve found in the Lord’s abounding grace. Not just the hope for eternal salvation, which is a treasure beyond measure, but the daily assurance that we are not alone.
I pray my words encourage you in developing a dynamic and intimate relationship with the Lord.
“But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abundant in faithful love and truth” (Psalm 86:15).
Reflection: How do you typically mess up? Do you struggle with accepting grace when you do?
And praise God! I’ve penned and typed more than 2,500 expressions of thanks since I began keeping track on August 23, 2011! Three a day, that’s what Ann said. Just three a day will add up to more than one thousand in a year. One thousand praises. One thousand gifts given back to a God more gracious than can ever be imagined. What a blessing!
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6).
Linking up again this year with Ann Voskamp’s 2014 Joy Dare. Find the linkup at A Holy Experience. Beginning where I left off in 2013. What a blessing! #2481–2501, read the entire list by clicking here.
- Safely home on nasty roads; Amazing youth who continue to challenge themselves; Suspect tire that kept air in it for 160 miles–thank you, Lord!
- Visiting with an amazing woman who loves to help teenagers succeed; Rach resting her head on my shoulder; A productive IEP meeting
- Ratcheting sound of a woodpecker in the morning calm; Turkey hanging in bushes off our deck; Quiet peace just before bed
- The hope reflected in a flickering candle; Honor of praying for loved ones; Smokey scent of our woodstove = warmth
- Quiet house for the day’s work; Sparkle of the snow in the headlights; Online Bible sites for easier study and editing
- Two bald eagles gliding overhead; Watching Zach and his friends perform well at district speech contest; Good roads tonight
- Free access to approaching God in worship and petition; Sledding before the blizzard; Living, dynamic nature of God’s Word
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Yours in grace ≈