So I got this sinking feeling the other day.
You know the feeling I’m talking about? When you feel overwhelmed by the little things, when you feel like you can’t do it all, when you feel like you’ve failed – all at once.
There was reading to finish, cooking to start, laundry piling higher and higher, and a kitchen floor that could use a real good cleaning.
And there’s good ole me just standing in the middle of it all feeling like I had failed.
And then I dropped several eggs on that already dirty floor and about lost my cool.
You know the feeling I’m talking about, don’t you?
The feeling of wanting help, but not wanting to break down and ask for it. The feeling of wanting to be okay with the messes because a dirty kitchen floor isn’t the end of the world – no matter what Pinterest tells you. The feeling of wanting to cry over broken eggs, because those eggs were going in that recipe for dinner and now you only have broken eggs and no meal.
It’s in those moments of losing our cool that Jesus intervenes and gives grace.
Grace longer than unfinished to-do lists.
Grace wider than any valley you have to jump over.
Grace bigger than any lie the devil convinces you to believe.
But here’s the thing, my overwhelmed friend.
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So often we walk around proclaiming the power of grace, but don’t really believe it in the depths of our hearts. I do this far too often. If I truly grasped the gift of grace, I would choose to allow myself to bask in it when the going gets tough.
I would forget about the broken eggs, because no one is expecting dinner to be perfect.
I would read at my own pace, learning deeply the things I need to learn – rather than pushing through to check the box.
I would clean the dirty kitchen floor when I have time, fighting perfectionism because perfectionism is a grace killer.
You see what I mean here? How can we accept God’s gift of grace if we can’t accept grace from ourselves?
If we’re constantly shaming ourselves, there’s no room for God’s grace to fill the cracks. So, we need to practice on ourselves. We need to focus on fighting for grace so that we can better grasp the much more beautiful, perfect, and loving grace from our Abba Father.
Have grace for yourself & also experience God’s grace because that’s the thing true faith is made of.
Teach yourself to lean on God’s promises.
How, you may ask? Well… I have three tips & a free printable challenge for you.
Pray. And pray hard.
You must be in communication with the One who gives free grace. You must understand His heart, His promises, His truth.
You must listen to Him, feel His presence, and ask Him for what you need – a more grace-filled life.
Read to understand Scripture, rather than check the box.
It sounds simple, but searching for an understanding of grace is critical. How can we practice what we don’t understand? It’d be like me asking you to go run a marathon without a day of training. You would probably hurt yourself, and maybe even fail.
You must ground yourself in truth. Bathe in the grace that God shares with us in the Scriptures.
Ask the hard questions. Where do you struggle to accept grace? Why don’t you give yourself grace in that area of life? What can you do to begin accepting grace? Don’t let grace fall by the wayside because you don’t understand it, don’t think about it, or don’t know how to grow in it.
Challenge your thinking, your heart, and your attitude.
These tips may seem so simple that they are trivial. I mean, pray, read the Bible & ask hard questions?
But are you doing these things now? Are you learning about grace & applying it to your heart every. single. day?
I’d encourage you to fight for grace with this free 7-Day Grace Challenge.
It walks you through these steps, encouraging your heart to choose grace in the day-to-day. It is a one-page, downloadable guide with Scripture, challenge questions, and prayer. Take the challenge for one week, friend!
Watch what God can do as you grow to a deeper understanding of His free gift of scandalous grace.