Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to doubt everything but a voice inside you stops you dead in your tracks? Have you ever felt like you messed something up only to have people rally around you and assure you that it’s ok?
This is grace. If you’ve never experienced grace from the love of Jesus, yourself and the people around you I want to ask you to lean in tonight.
Over the past few days I’ve had more opportunities to “lean not on my own understanding” and acknowledge Him. I have seen God show up and give me supernatural grace for myself and others. Even in the moments when it’s hard, He is reaching out to us and asking us to grab hold of grace.
Over the past few months we’ve been launched into a new season we lovingly refer to as #emptynesting (because it’s a verb). We are relearning what it looks like to be parents to kids who don’t live under our roof, exploring what life just the two of us looks like and experiencing all the feelings that accompany big life change. The measure of grace the Lord has poured on me personally, my family and my marriage has been a sweet reminder of His love and presence.
For the last seven months I’ve been on a journey to unpack and understand grace in a whole new way. I stepped into a new role working for a ministry I have loved for a long time. In this new role, my first project rocked me to my core, stretched me out of my comfort zone and deepened my dependence on the Lord. I’ve practiced extending and receiving grace at new depths, and at the very core of it all is the love nature of our Savior.
Today, I came face to face with an opportunity to practice grace for myself. As a self proclaimed recovering performer I was sitting in a staff meeting when we realized there was a mistake in the project we just completed. My immediate and first response was disappointment. I was discouraged and frustrated wondering how in the world I could have missed it. Everything in me wanted the project to be perfect. Smack dab in the middle of this moment I had a choice: beat myself up for what I messed up or give myself grace and rest in His love. The team poured out grace through their encouragement and I was able to embrace God’s grace for myself.
This weekend my husband and I spent two days cleaning, rearranging, and decorating our sons house while he’s working out of town. We could have chose to gripe and get mad at him for the state of his house. Instead, we chose to put on love and grace and lavishly love and selflessly serve him as we cleaned, did laundry, picked out some new things, mopped, vacuumed, and the other countless little things we did. We extended grace when it wasn’t requested or deserved. That’s exactly what Christ did for us.
We can miss it. We can mess up. Others in our life can miss it. People we love will mess up. We will get hurt, frustrated and disappointed and none of that is wrong. The only thing “wrong” is what we do with those feelings. We can get on the hamster wheel of self-defeating or people-beating and no one wins.
When we lean into the example Jesus set for us, grace wins every time. We get to live in a place of receiving God’s grace through the person of Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross and His provision through the resurrection. We choose to extend the same grace we’ve received from the Father to ourselves and others. When we do this, we are one step closer to walking in the fullness He designed us for.
Today I want to challenge to receive and extend grace. Whatever hard situation you find yourself in, whatever disappointment you are facing in a relationship, let God give you a heart for grace. You can’t ruin your life, your children or your marriage. We don’t have that much power, only God does. When we learn to live in and press into grace, everyone benefits.
Praying we all learn to have a heart for grace. First, receiving what’s been freely given to us and second, showering ourselves and those around us with sweet grace too.
What about you? Where do you need to receive or extend grace? Let me know how I can pray for you!