I have an awesome husband who is my best friend, who was also born to be a daddy; loves me and our kids amazingly and who supports me in mothering, homeschooling and all of my outlets and pursuits. I have a comfortable home and working car. I have married into the best family on earth, I have a brother, sister and mom who I love and many wonderful friends.
Of course my life has been fraught with pain, death, and disappointment just like everyone else but at this point in my life I am feeling very blessed. Though my life is not without stress, worry, fear and the occasional dysfunctional family problems; I know that my life right now is not the norm.
It could be easy to say I did all the right things, I was always the good girl and so my wonderful life was coming to me. It could be easy for me to get apathetic and want to shut myself out from the world and not care about others. It could be easy to for me to fear bad things happening because things are going good right now. It could be easy for me to pull away from the Lord because I am not in a desperate situation.
It is only by God's grace and mercy that I have anything or am anything. All that I have and am is because of him. Every day I am in need of him for my very life. I never want to come to a place where I think I have arrived or have it all together. The more I see my sin and my need for a Saviour the better off I will be.
Once I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and rule and reign in my life, my life no longer belonged to me. I have to choose daily to surrender my dreams, my goals and my plans; knowing that ultimately God's are far exceedingly better than mine. I might not always understand... but I trust him.
I love the life that God has given me. It's not always easy, but I keep thinking about how it's all grace.
I could never muster up enough faith on my own to believe God for prayers that I have been praying for years to be answered, I could never love my family without God's love, my husband and I could never love each other and have such a great marriage if God wasn't teaching us to humble ourselves, I could never get out of my comfort zone if God did not enable me, I could never live in peace and joy after experiencing tragedy and hurt, I could never know God's unspeakable comfort in the midst of trial and pain, I could never have any hope of eternity for myself and my loved ones, I could never save myself from my sin and my shame...it's only grace...grace upon grace.
Are you struggling in your marriage?...there is grace.
Are you experiencing family sickness or difficulties that seem insurmountable?...there is grace.
Are you aching for a loved one that you have lost?...there is grace.
Are you struggling with each breath to keep your head above water?...there is grace.
Are you pulling your hair out as you try to parent your children?...there is grace.
Are you in a season of blessing and peace?...there is still need for grace.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
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