The Bite of Bread reading plan this week has been a game changer for me.
The topic of grace, though I’ve studied a hundred times before, has become even more thrilling, confusing, and wonderful. Wednesday’s post about grace making us happy, will feed me for a long time. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, I hope you’ll check it out.
I’ve always loved the thought of grace. I love the way the word rolls off my tongue, and I’ve always known how very much I need it for myself and for others. But this week it’s like I’ve come “home.” I’ve come back to my love for grace.
A few weeks ago I changed the picture on the top of my site to the photo of clothes pins. I loved the simplicity of it. Something inside felt it represented me. I simply changed it because I liked it. I just wanted to, but I knew it didn’t make sense. We live in a world that demands bits and pieces of us all. the. time. And as an author, the demands of the industry and all the good advice from other “experts” can be overwhelming. The clothes pins did not seem to fit my website, or the wisdom of the experts, but God had a plan.
A grace plan.
This week he reminded me of my affinity for grace. And so, a new title for my site, “Daily Grace”, has been born, clothespins and all. Isn’t it amazing how He is constantly leading us? I know there will be other changes coming, but I don’t know what they will be. I’m taking it one day at a time. And that my friends is daily grace.
I hear a whisper inviting me and you to slow down. He tells us to take off our shoes and stay awhile with Him. He promises that the world won’t stop rotating if we don’t do everything perfectly, and He offers a gift. It’s wrapped in paper the color and texture of an ocean wave tied up with a sunrise bow.
It’s the gift of grace.
Let’s open it!
What about you? Is there something that happened recently that did not make sense at first but later became a really good change leading you back “home?” Leave a comment.
I’m giving away a Bible study called Lavish Grace, by Kathy Howard. Here’s an excerpt from her book that reminds me of what we learned on Wednesday about the rope of grace. Kathy uses the word “cords.” So awesome.
By definition, God’s grace flows from His heart. It’s based on His bounty, His character. We do not merit His grace. We cannot earn it. Yet in His loving-kindness He woos us to Himself and freely pours out His grace through the death of His Son. Then after our conversion, on the born again side, God still woos us. Through times of rebellion, complacency, grief, and struggle, God gently draws us back to Himself with cords of love. He calls us from our wanderings. He longs to protect us from pain of our own making. His crazy, lavish grace refuses to let us go.
Lavish Grace is a 9-week journey with the apostle Paul that helps readers discover God’s abundant grace for their daily lives and relationships. You can find out more about Kathy, her speaking and writing, and find free resources at www.KathyHoward.org.
To enter the drawing for Lavish Grace, leave a comment. I’ll announce the winner Monday, August 8.