Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finding purpose in this great BIG world!



 



Hello friends!


Since my last blog post was about the changing seasons of life, I thought it would be appropriate to let you in on some changes that will be taking place here at Grace Found Me.


After much consideration and prayer, I’ve decided to refresh and re-launch my blog. I've purchased a new domain name — Your Grace Found Me — and will be moving from Blogger to Wordpress. The process is a little intimidating (at least for someone like me who is more than a little unsure of what she’s doing!) and there’s still so much to do before I launch! While over 10,000 of you have visited me here, I’m hopeful that the new blog will reach even more and that my words would be an encouragement to anyone reading them.

My deep desire is to share my story in hopes of inspiring you all to do the same. It’s in the sharing of our stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, that we find healing, a sense of community and a deeper understanding of our purpose in this great BIG world! Most importantly I want you to know that You Are Loved — regardless of how unloved you have felt, regardless of what you’ve done, where you’ve been, choices you’ve made or choices made for you…

JESUS. LOVES. YOU.


If you’ve been a follower of Grace Found Me or if you’re a first time visitor, I would love to hear your comments!

If you’ve read previous posts, what did you like most or least? Is there something you would like to see added? What are you most encouraged by or what do you struggle with most? Your feedback will be very helpful in the renovation process.

I’m very hopeful that when the new launch finally happens that you will choose to sign up to receive new posts! (There have been a few issues with the current blog, but I’m confident those will be resolved at the new site.)

And finally I just want to say how much I appreciate all the love and support over this last year and a half! I feel so incredibly blessed to have an opportunity to share the words placed on my heart and hope to be a catalyst for truth, sharing God’s grace with you all.

 


Philippians 3:13 The Message

Focused on the Goal
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

 
You may see a few more posts here over the next few weeks until
I get this whole thing figured out but I promise, change is coming!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seasons of Change



 

"Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts.

So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will."

 


Living in the Northern part of the United States throughout my entire life, the changing of the seasons has always been something that I looked forward to with great anticipation.

Spring.

Summer.

Fall. 

Winter.

Each season offering unique beauty — ever changing scenery, beginnings and endings and beginnings again.

The budding of the trees at the first sign of Spring.

The blossoming of flowers and all things green with warm Summer breezes.

The vibrant colors of the changing Fall leaves.

The first blanket of snow as we see our breath against the cold winter air.

So many breathtakingly beautiful changes!

However, some changes are uninvited and possibly even painful — then there are times when change is welcomed but seems as if it will never come.

Last year was one of the most grueling winters I can remember — the bitterly cold temperatures combined with the record snowfall suggested an endless, boundless season of hibernation.

It was the first time that I questioned why I continued to live in this God-forsaken place (can you feel the desperation in those words?) and the first time that I began to lose hope of the new beginning that Spring had always promised.

I, like so many others, had become so very weary. Just when it seemed as if winter was about to let go of it’s icy grip, we were hit with another arctic blast! Polar Vortex — we became quite familiar with that term.

To be honest, I’m not even sure when it happened, but Spring finally arrived and along with it — Hope.

Hope of an end to what had been.

Hope for a new beginning.
 
A fresh start.

A clean slate.

Sometimes the seasons of life become almost unbearable and we’re tempted to lose hope as our circumstances seem to endlessly endure — it’s as if we come out of one storm and are immediately hit with another and during those times we’re convinced that there is no hope in sight.

If you find yourself in a difficult season I encourage you to hold on.

Keep pushing through.

Stand firm.

Stay strong. 

When you feel like you can no longer stand, fall to your knees and cry out to Jesus — the One who will either give you strength to endure whatever you're going through or who with one breath brings winds of change and the hope of a new beginning.

 
 Give hope a chance to float up.

 
 
 
1 Peter 5:10(NIV)
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
 
 
 
Daniel 2:21(NKJV)
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inescapable, all-consuming LOVE






"Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus."

-Jeremy Camp



 

The hurt and pain of this world is inescapable. 


If you watch the news, even for just a few moments, you’re likely to see stories of unforeseen tragedies, natural disasters and evil manifested in sex trafficking, child molestations, rapes, murders and school shootings.

 
There are hurting and devastated families, and communities torn apart all around us but if you look closely you will also see LOVE.

 
A love that overcomes even the darkest moments in our lives—the all-consuming love of Jesus.

 
I’ve suffered great loss and devastating tragedies in my own life and if not for the love of Jesus I’m not sure I would have survived the unspeakable pain of those circumstances.


When our hearts are broken into a million pieces and we doubt if we’ll ever be whole again— when we have nothing left and we cry out to Him— Jesus picks up the broken pieces and carries us, holding us close, mending all that is broken, until we’re able to walk on our own once again.



Friends, this life is too hard to try to live without Him.


 

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what choices you’ve made— just cry out to Jesus.



He will rescue you from the deepest, darkest pit of despair.



He will comfort you, and give you a peace that only He can give—a peace that the storms of this life cannot destroy.


 

And when you know the love of Jesus your heart’s desire is to share what He’s done for you and what He wants to do for all who are lost and broken.





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Wait and Wonder


 
This life is hard.


Just in the last week there have been those close to me facing overwhelming battles; the death of a precious loved one; divorce; sickness and disease; financial struggles and job losses.



Many of us have faced some of those battles too.



During those times of testing and trials we wait and wonder.



We wait for test results and wonder if the outcome will be in our favor.



We wait for things to get easier and wonder why sometimes this life has to be so hard.



We wait for our circumstances to change and wonder if we’re strong enough to endure if they don’t.



We wait for someone to show they care about our hurts and our fears and we wonder if we’re all alone in this life.



Those hurts and fears and times of complete brokenness, when it feels like our hearts are ripped from our chests and fear and doubt invade the empty places left behind—in those desperate moments, our Savior draws ever nearer.


The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:18-19
 

Crushed.
Broken.
Afflicted.

 

Friend, if you find yourself in those difficult places I hope you’re encouraged by knowing that the Lord is near, you’re never alone! The Lord promises to deliver the righteous.

 

So what does it mean to be righteous?

 


For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Corinthians 5:21


 
We are incapable of making ourselves righteous which is why we are in great need of a Savior. Jesus makes us righteous through his sacrifice on the cross and when we ask him to come into our hearts and ask his forgiveness of our sins.

 

The better understanding we have of the grace he poured out for us, the more we desire to live our lives for Him.

 

This life is hard but don’t give up— give it all to the One who gave his life so that we might live.





Linking up with Holley Gerth - Coffee for Your Heart

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finding Rest in Chaos and Clutter




My thoughts were as cluttered as the countertops strewn with papers and backpacks and all the other things that were not in their rightful place.

Perhaps that’s why I chose to venture outdoors to find my whitespace-- a place free from chaos, a place where I could find peace as I listened to the birds singing and the wind blowing through the trees, a place where I could just be still and give it all to Jesus.
All alone with my thoughts in this quiet, restful place I discovered this resting was not easy. I willed myself to stay --to remain still-- as my heart was more and more exposed with each word from Bonnie’s pen, words that seemed as though they were written just for me.

"This new world of whitespace can feel disorienting--doing things that yield no use to anyone other than being God’s cherished daughter."

"…no use to anyone", those words pierced my heart as I read them and thought of how diligently I had labored to do more, to be more and yet still felt as if I had no value and that there was no use, no purpose for me. The idea of accomplishing nothing and still being cherished by God seemed unimaginable. But not only did He love me even if I did nothing to earn it, He loved me in spite of all that I had done to not deserve it.

"Jesus is leading us to the operating room of grace, where the past isn’t forgotten but remembered. We are free to remember. This is God’s gift to you. And me."
 
 
All along I had been trying to forget the past but God didn’t want me to just forget, He wanted me to be free…

"But the truth is, I’m not free inside. What I need—and what I don’t have—is soul rest."


 
Friends, I know that many of you are on this same journey and I want to reassure you that it’s ok because we’re not traveling alone—Jesus is at our side with every step we take and sometimes He even carries us.



 

 






 

 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Messy, Complicated, Blessed Life

 
 




I didn’t wait for the one, I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart, we didn’t have a cute little house with a white picket fence and two children and we didn’t celebrate milestones like 25 year anniversaries. No, that wasn’t my life…





My life was messy and complicated and full of hurtful choices- some made by me and some made for me- and of course it included painful consequences.




I used to hate that this was my life- disappointed that my story didn’t include all those pretty perfect things. I used to be angry with myself, with others, and sometimes even with God for the way my life turned out.



And then

God poured His grace into my life, filling me up to overflowing until I could no longer scrutinize the life that wasn’t but could only be thankful for the life that was. Looking back over my life I could see how He had protected me so many times from others and even from myself and how He rescued, restored and redeemed me from the deepest, darkest, most painful places.



The lyrics to the song "How He Loves" frequently play over and over in my head and in my heart….


He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all…

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way...

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.



Now when I think about my life and all that was and is and will be I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by how much God loves me, and how much He has blessed me - in ways I never dreamed and certainly didn’t deserve.


We have an amazing God who loves us like no other and when we fully comprehend that- all of the disappointments and hurts are eclipsed by His glory and regrets no longer have a place.




 

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. Psalm 13:5

 


 

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Friend to All





"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend."
Robert Louis Stevenson



When I was just a kindergartner a letter was sent home from my teacher… apparently I was too social. I would finish my work and then walk around the classroom checking on my classmates, my friends- to see if they were doing ok, whistling whilst I made my rounds.



And so it went for many years. I would strike up conversations with anyone, anywhere- making many friends along the way.


My mom would say that I could make a friend in the bathroom and she was probably right.


If I met someone and had a conversation with them (no matter how brief) I considered them my friend. But didn’t everyone feel that way?? Seemed perfectly natural to me...

As my children grew they would say 'you know everybody’ and it seemed they were right because no matter where we traveled we would inevitably run into someone I knew. My daughter jokingly added that I forced people to be my friend, that I didn’t give them the option to not be.

I was nice to everyone and I was friendly so I just assumed that everyone would want to be my friend. I mean- why wouldn’t they, right?

And then it happened…no matter how nice or how friendly I tried to be to a certain person- she didn’t like me. It seemed the harder I tried, the less she liked me! I even apologized to her for anything that I may have done to offend her and although she admitted that I hadn’t -she still didn’t like me and she made it very clear.

My daughter was right, I tried to force people to like me, and I wouldn’t give them the option to not be my friend.

Rejection. I didn’t like it, not one little bit but then again, who does? We’ve all been rejected at some point in our lives and have all needed to learn to adapt to circumstances and situations that are beyond our control.

Even though at times rejection is difficult to accept, I’ve resolved to continue to be who God created me to be…a friend to all, even if it’s only one-sided.

After all, if I’m a follower of Jesus then I’m called to love even the unlovable and those who don’t love me back.

"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." -Luke 6:27-28
 
 
 

 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Believing in His Grace

 
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8


 
Although I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, to suggest that to anyone else seemed almost misleading, considering I didn’t have the right credentials to back it up. I didn’t take any classes (other than 8th grade creative writing, which I loved!) and I certainly didn’t have a degree that qualified me for such a title. I’ve also been an artist for as long as I can remember but once again, I believed that a lack of education proved that I was neither of those things.

And yet I continued to write and paint and dream
I dreamed of writing and illustrating a children’s book, of owning a studio and painting for a big gallery opening, of becoming a best selling author.  


I dreamed but I didn’t believe.

Fear, doubt and insecurities would always remind me- you’re just a nobody, a small town girl with a painful past. I couldn’t argue the facts- I had no proof of anything different. I had nothing that said I was somebody.
 
The enemy of my soul had me right where he wanted me, far from any plans that God had for me.
 
Until grace found me.


 
His grace poured down on me like rain, pooling into an ocean that I couldn’t swim far or deep enough to escape.


 
Through grace came healing and God began to show me His purpose and His plan which included the talents and abilities that He knit in me- abilities that didn’t require a degree but did require a faith to believe I am who He says I am and I can do what He says I can do.
 
Writing became a passionate pursuit of Him as I poured out my heart with words that would bring healing and hope to me and to others as well. God began to open doors that only He could open as He used others to encourage me to be who He was calling me to be.
 
Through His grace I’m learning that I can do more than I ever thought possible- living each day according to His purposes and plans for my life.

 

God has placed a passion and a purpose in each of us and has a plan for us because to Him we’re more than just a "somebody"…we are His Beloved.

 
 





For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10



 


 


 



 

 




Thursday, June 5, 2014

He Makes All Things Grow!

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant
Robert Louis Stevenson


A couple of years ago I was preparing for an event at my home. I wanted everything to look beautiful, including my landscaping which was non-existent at the time. Since I was already preparing for an event, I needed to do everything else on a budget- a very tight budget. I remembered a house that I drove by daily and had admired for the simplistic beauty of the landscaping- large stones that were used throughout the yard outlining the beautifully placed foliage.

So that was my plan, we would collect stones, large and small to layer and outline the foliage that we had yet to plant (and had yet to purchase). 

The stones were easy to find (and free!) on our family’s property, collecting them however was a greater task. Some were quite heavy and yet we managed to load them up, transfer them and place them right where they belonged, curving around what would become a very beautiful landscape.

Next came the plants. As I shopped for them I began to see how expensive even the smallest bushes and plants could be and I realized that I needed a different plan.

My sister had a beautiful garden, thick with foliage of all different kinds, so I went to her for advice. I also remembered that she often divided her plants to make room for more growth and thought she might have a few to split and share.

Just as I had hoped, she sent me home with numerous types of plants, some large and some small, a perfect beginning and since they were a gift, they fit perfectly into the budget.

After much hard work everything looked beautiful for the event.



***



Recently as I walked around our landscaping, I admired the fullness of the foliage and the beautiful flowers that were blooming from each plant. I couldn’t help but think of how much these plants (that had originally been planted by my sister and replanted by me) had grown in just a couple of years. While we still need to pull weeds that pop up from time to time, trim the ever growing grass that tries to cover our beautiful stones and prune some of the branches that are bare and not producing any foliage, I have to admit that although we had initially invested a lot of hard work, year after year they have produced so much more without a great effort on our part. We can’t take the credit- we may have planted them but God continues to grow them!

Often times that’s how it is with our faith. God tills the soil, bringing stones (hard things) to the surface so that He can remove them or use them, someone else plants a seed, another waters them, and the rest is left for God to tend. He gently pulls any weeds that linger or that spring up, and trims the branches that aren’t producing any fruit.


So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is important because only God makes it grow.
1 Corinthians 3:7
 




 

As we look back at all the hard work that was done in the beginning we realize that the real growth in our lives and in our faith comes from God- who makes all things grow!




Monday, June 2, 2014

Soul Rest




I’m tired.

Let me rephrase that, I’m exhausted!

And just so you know how exhausted I really am, I couldn’t remember how to spell "rephrase". Seriously... I completely drew a blank, I had nothing!

As I sit here downing more caffeine just to get through the day, I glance over and see Bonnie Gray’s book Finding Spiritual Whitespace sitting (unread) neatly in the corner of my desk.

My thoughts immediately race to what the book implies (soul rest) and I ask myself, what will happen if I allow myself to slow down? Instinctively I respond, well for starters, I won’t be able to accomplish as much and I might not get to where I’m supposed to be….

~sigh~ because the plan for my life depends solely on me, right?

Wrong. So wrong, but I’ve lived my life for so long as if it does depend solely on me that I push myself to do more, be more, have more.
 
Maybe some would call it ambitious but I call it RESTLESS.
 
My soul is rarely at rest. I even fight sleep, staying up much later than I should, refusing to go to bed and then when I finally do, I can’t sleep. And for what? Because I hope to accomplish more? Because I'm afraid I'll miss out on something? I'm not really sure but I know this, it's a vicious cycle.

Now I know that God does have a plan for my life but I’m sure it does not include running myself ragged and saying yes to everything but Him, especially when all He wants is for me to come and rest, to come and sit with Him awhile.

This is why I need spiritual whitespace. I need to learn how to allow my soul to rest, to sit in God’s presence and breathe Him in -deeply.

I’m giving myself permission (with the Lord’s help!) to slow down long enough to read Bonnie’s words, to allow them to sink in, to ask God to reveal Himself to me in those quiet moments.

Will you join me?




Thursday, May 29, 2014

The One

 "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."
C. S. Lewis

When we focus on the one...


The one thing that we struggle with the most.
 

The one thing that we like the least about ourselves.


The one thing that we want and can’t have.

The one thing that we’ve tried and just can’t master.

The one person that dislikes us, regardless of how many others love us.

When we focus on the one it’s because we’ve taken our eyes off of The One.

The One who is our strength when we are weak.

The One who loves us just as we are.

The One who is more than enough.

The One who we can do all things through.

The One who loves us unconditionally and competely and always.


 

If Jesus is all we have, we have all we need.


 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Words that (in)courage



"But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed."
-Amy Carmichael
 
 
 


Words of encouragement can heal even the deepest wounds.
Don’t think so?
Well then let me tell you a story…

Numerous times in my life wounded people wounded me with their words. Whether they meant to or not didn’t matter, the things that were said hurt me deeply and in their wake ugly scars were left.

Each time hurtful words were spoken, or hurtful things were done the wounds became deeper as the enemy of my soul whispered the lies I so quickly believed- you aren’t good enough, you have no worth, you have no value, you were a mistake.

I believed that I had no value and therefore I didn’t value myself. It was evident in my choices, in the ways that I allowed others to treat me and the way that I viewed myself. I believed that others saw no value in me and I believed they were right.

This outlook may have begun in childhood but it carried over throughout my entire adult life. Although I am now happily married to a Godly man who values me, I experienced two failed marriages and several attempts at careers that ended in failure as well.

A little over six years ago God opened the door for me to work for an incredible company and while He had a plan for me, the enemy had a plan for me too.

The first several years I was continually criticized by a person in authority over me. I was offered very little, if any, affirmation. She saw no value in me and I believed she was right.

It was difficult and I wanted to run like I had done so many times before when I was hurt and situations felt out of my control. I begged God to open another door but instead He encouraged me to push through and to stay.

And so I did. After four long years God closed the door in a way I hadn’t expected. He kept me right where I was but brought someone else into a position of authority to encourage me. This person spoke words of affirmation and I began to believe that I could do more than I was told or ever thought I could do.

After a year of being encouraged and affirmed, God opened yet another door to a position I never dreamed I could be in and certainly didn’t feel qualified for but I know that God doesn’t always call the qualified but qualifies the called.

This time however, the person in a position of authority over me continually offered words of affirmation and consistently encouraged me saying "I know you can do this. I have faith in you." Her words of encouragement began to break down the walls I had erected to protect myself and demolished the lies that I had believed for so long.

I finally believed that I had value. I finally believed the truth of who God says I am and what I’m capable of and I finally began to believe the possibility of God sized dreams for me!

While there were many years that I didn’t believe that God could possibly have a plan for me, now I know that He not only has a plan but that I have a purpose…

  • to encourage other women with words of affirmation, hope and love!

  • to pour into them, what has been poured into me!

  • to destroy the lies of the enemy that have held so many women in bondage to shame, fear and doubt.

Healing is a process but with words of encouragement applied to the woundedness of our past, the Healer sets us free to be exactly who we were created to be!

I am so honored and blessed to be an (in)courage leader, co-leading Healing for Wounded Hearts with Sherry Curtiss!


I just know God is going to do great things through all of these wonderful (in)courage communities!



"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."

Ralph Waldo Emerson






 







 



 

Monday, May 19, 2014

(in)courage one another



They won the victory over him because of the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. They didn't love their life so much that they refused to give it up.
Revelation 12:11



I spent much of my life believing the lies of the enemy based on the mistakes of my past and not just my mistakes but the mistakes of others as well...
 
It shaped who I was, who I believed I could be and who I would become for so very many years.

As I stepped forward in faith and began to share my story, other women shared their stories too and healing began for all of us, healing to become who we were created to be!

That's what community is all about...sharing our pain, our struggles, our fears, our doubts- sharing our hearts.


It has become my passion to lead other women in courageously stepping forward to be encouraged and to be an encouragement.

Please consider joining us at (in)courage to be part of a community where you can connect with other women in a safe environment, sharing and encouraging one another. You will be blessed and you will be a blessing! I'm sure of it...

If you would like to join myself and my co-leader, Sherry Curtiss at Healing for Wounded Hearts just click on the link and register, but do it quickly- this is the last week to sign up!

 


Most of all remember that God has a plan for your life...

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, May 16, 2014

Knowledge and Wisdom


 

Now, I guess I should begin by saying that I’m not a bible theologian just an ordinary woman with a wounded past immersed in an ocean of grace-- desperate to share how Jesus has redeemed, restored and renewed me.


That being said, I was recently contemplating the definitions of wisdom and Knowledge-- I thought, what’s the difference? Is there a difference? I decided to do some research, so I googled it, because that’s what you do when you want answers right?


Ok, so that’s what I do when I want answers.


When my husband and I are debating something, he despises when I say "GOOGLE IT!", and I have to admit, sometimes I say it just to bug him (and of course to prove that I’m right!).


While I found a plethora of information on the subject I thought this simple quote by Phil Drysdale summed it up nicely, "Knowledge is knowing the truth. Wisdom is knowing how to apply it." And I love this quote from Miles Kington, "Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad." –yuck!


And so I began thinking about the knowledge and wisdom that I’ve collected over the last almost forty-seven years.


I’m knowledgeable about some things and I truly believe it’s the life experiences (good and bad) that have taught me wisdom concerning many things, but when doubt creeps in we question whether we have any knowledge or wisdom at all. We allow offenses and criticism to make us question who we really are, what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, mostly because we attempt to operate in our own strength.


Pride can cause us to want to "appear" knowledgeable instead of humbly seeking wisdom from the One who created us. 

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NIV)


 
Knowledge of the things of God produces wisdom as we apply what we know (from the God we love) to the choices we make.


Even as we grow in knowledge and wisdom, sometimes we blow it.


Sometimes we fail.


Sometimes we hurt or offend someone -- often times the ones we love the most.


And sometime we’re on the receiving end of hurts and offenses.


This is where wisdom reminds us of the grace already poured out to us, the grace that was more than enough to cover all of our sins, and the sins committed against us.

We acknowledge that we live in a broken world, that most of us are at least a little wounded, and that ALL of us are in desperate need of the grace and love of our Savior.

 
For this reason we have not stopped praying for you since the day we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight. We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about God. Colossians 1:9, 10 (GW)


I’m so incredibly humbled and thankful, that while I certainly didn’t deserve it, Jesus poured out all the grace and mercy I would ever need.

Now, I just need to remember to extend that same grace to others when they need it most.



"Knowledge is knowing the truth."- of the grace and mercy we have received. "Wisdom is knowing how to apply it."- extending it to ALL unconditionally, the same way it was given to us.