Forgiving and forgetting are not one in the same. When we fail to realize that, we will hold on to our hurts for a very long time. And eventually those hurts begin wreaking havoc on our lives from the inside out. But forgiveness is not about excusing the other person, it’s about freeing ourselves to receive healing from the God who forgives us time and time and time again.
Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.
Jesus wants you to be you. The faith that Jesus gives you is sufficient for the path he gives you (Romans 12:3). And the grace he gives you to face your trials will be sufficient for you when the need comes (2 Corinthians 12:9).You are your truest you, not when you are analyzing yourself or measuring yourself against someone else. You are your truest you when your eyes are fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), when you are following him in faith, and when you are serving others in love with the grace-gifts God has assigned to you (Romans 12:4–8).
The Lutheran stream emphasizes that all work is God’s work. Worldview doesn’t matter. You make a good pair of shoes, then you’re doing God’s work, because work is God’s way of caring for creation.All work has dignity because it reflects God’s image in us, and also because the material creation we are called to care for is good.
That’s what I want. I want to arrive. I want to get to wherever I’m going and stay there. That’s why I was such a ferocious planner of my life. But I’m learning to just keep moving, keep walking, keep taking teeny tiny steps. And it’s in those teeny tiny steps and moments that I become, actually, who I am. We won’t arrive. But we can become. And that’s the most hopeful thing I can think of. Thank God I was wrong about everything I had planned. Thank God I wasn’t on my schedule, because even though I dragged my heels and checked my planner every five seconds while I watched my life change in his hands, I really like the place I’ve ended up, and the things I’ve seen along the way. Now when I think about the future, I try to write in pencil.
She knows who she is.
She just forgot for a little while.
Legalistic remorse says, ‘I broke God’s rules,’ while real repentance says, ‘I broke God’s heart’.
I’ve had this struggle of ups and downs of dealing with the “thorn in my flesh” for the past year. Strangely enough, I am okay with it now. Not okay with getting over the hurt and pain and sleepless nights and the relentless struggle to fight it. I am okay because this has caused me to wholly cast my frame to the gospel. This is another opportunity to cling to the cross.This thorn reminds me of how much I need God, and how often I must throw myself at His feet. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s difficult. I feel like giving up. I feel like quitting. I feel like this will go on for the rest of my life. But this is what I feel- not what I know. I know that God is good. I know that God loves me enough to put this in my life to conform me to the image of His son. Actually, I am more than okay. I have learned to fully embrace it. As Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
Those rare Christians whose very presence incites others to be better Christians. I want to be that rare Christian.
Last AACF banquet. Roman in the Word smallgroup!! I’m so encouraged by your eager hearts to study the Word! Thanks also to Zach Chen for supporting and pushing me as a co-leader. It’s been a blessed year. SDG. #itriedtobeelsa