Sunday, June 21, 2015

There's Grace For That

A moment of surrender almost four years led me to Arizona three years later
I left my home in Seattle on a leap of faith
An act of obedience
I came with big dreams and big visions
I came with a big expectations

It has almost been a year down in Arizona
One of the best years of my life
I know I am supposed to be down here
I know God is paving His Will for my life

However, this life doesn't come without difficulties
God didn't promise that even if you walk in His Will it will always be easy
If we are not careful and mindful to put God first, our comfort will set in
Our human control will increase
Our selfish desires start to overpower His desires for us
"Well God, this isn't what I had in mind so I will take over from here.
Thank you for trying"

Our quiet times and prayer lives begin to decrease
Our strength is emptied by the world and its distractions
Has this ever happened to you?
My story of Grace is one of vulnerability
I thought I had it all figured out coming down to Arizona
I thought I was bullet proof to the ways of the world
To the ways of the enemy
Turns out, I am not
And neither are you

We are human beings not meant for this world
We are more broken and fallen just like this world
More than we ever dare to admit
But we are also loved more than we ever dare believe

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"
Romans 3:24

So, what is Grace?

When we stumble
There is Grace

When we fall...and fall hard
There is Grace

When we turn away
There is Grace

When we make the wrong decision
There is Grace

When we mess up
There is Grace

Even in the all out cry- face on the floor- hands in the air- surrender moments
There is Grace that wraps you up, holds you and says "I am here"

Grace says "You are loved"
Grace says "You are forgiven"
Grace says "You are seen"

Grace is not something we deserve but something that is freely given to us by The One who loves us 
Grace says, "No matter what you do, nothing can separate you from me and my love"
Grace says, "I understand this world is hard"
Grace says "There is no shame, no judgement, no condemnation" 
Grace says, "No matter what you did to yourself, no matter how you got into this situation, I still forgive you, I still love you"

 No one is too far away where the Grace of God cannot go
No one is in too deep where the Grace of God cannot reach down and rescue

"My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Cor. 12:9

We don't deserve Grace
We don't deserve the favor and blessings He brings
In fact, we don't deserve anything God gives us in this world
 But our God, full of compassion, love, and always faithful
He gives it to us anyway
To you
To me

Grace allows us to live freely and boldly, knowing that no matter what happens we are covered in Grace

So, going into year two in Arizona, that is what I am going to do
I will continue to press into the Lord asking for His strength daily
Never taking it for granted
I am going to go boldly into this world knowing I might will stumble
But knowing the Grace of God will ALWAYS get me back up
I am confident that He will help & Grace me to do what He has called me to do
I will rest in the Lord alone
I will rest in His Amazing Grace

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