First of all, thanks so much for stopping by here and checking things out! I’m honored that a couple of things I’ve written and said have been useful to people. It’s a little crazy, especially considering how the first half of my life was me learning to keep my mouth shut more often. (Let’s be honest: I’m still working on that.)
Basically my blogging has largely been me processing the unexpected, not-planned, messy parts of my life (a.k.a all of it). Often I eventually land in Scripture to help me make sense of things. This is the Holy Spirit’s doing and I am grateful. At the end of the day, Scripture doesn’t magically fix whatever I was complaining about at the beginning. But it does bring peace and comfort. Those are the things Jesus promises, so that’s pretty great.
I’m here telling you any of this because I can’t stop writing and being amazed about how scary/messy/fabulous life is, and also how useful we can be to each other. The thing that has especially blown me away is finding out I’m not the only one who needs to be constantly reminded of how the Gospel works.
Apparently most of us think once we have been told about the Grace of God and the Salvation of Jesus, it should just sink in and we should be able to run with it, apply it, remember it, believe it, know it… all the time for the rest of our live-long days.
In reality, our sinful-selves are always fighting the Truth about the Gospel. For a couple of reasons, including that it sounds too good to be true.
But also because we don’t like to think of ourselves as all-that-bad.
AND we REALLY like to do it on our own – especially thinking we can save ourselves.
But the truth is
- The Gospel sounds too good to be true… but it IS TRUE! Jesus’ saves us!
- We are actually way more sinful than we like to think.
- And we CANNOT save ourselves. At all. Doesn’t matter how much good you are doing. How nice you are to your crabby neighbor. How much money you give away. How many rules you follow.
- Also, I love lists.
Ok, don’t get too depressed. That’s not the end and here’s the part I can’t stop blabbing about. No matter how much of a mess we are, no matter what we’ve done, no matter how frustrated we get with our kids or husband or job… Jesus’ Grace flows over and around and through us and makes us Holy! Us! Holy! And then we can have community with THE Perfect, Holy one who created us. This grace enables us to forgive each other, love each other, celebrate an imperfect life, and rest in the arms of a Savior who GETS IT.
It sounds great for Sundays, but its even better in the heat of an imperfectly, terrible, frustrating moment on Tuesday afternoon when you can’t stand yourself or the people you live with. It fills us up on Sundays but it sets me free after I blow up at my kid when they are pushing ALL my buttons. Sunday mornings I feel ready to go, but the happiness vibe doesn’t always last past the ride home. Thankfully, the Truth is still the Truth on Friday afternoon when I just failed to follow through and I want to crawl in a hole instead of face my mistake.
Jesus forgives. Jesus fills me up so I can be graceful and useful and joyful. Even when my circumstances aren’t so great, my God is. And His faithfulness brings meaning in the midst of my mess.
That’s the kind of stuff I write about here. Daily, realistic stuff we are all dealing with. And then the Truth that we can all embrace.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
“In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39