Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing someone “fall” from God and have His people throw them out on the street as if worthless.
Our job as God’s chosen people is to SHOWER grace on all. Grace is NOT conditional. It’s the very essence of who God is and why he sent His son.
Please do not get me wrong and think that I’m trying to excuse sin. True grace does NOT EXCUSE sin, but showers UNENDING love and compassion on the sinner.
Grace does not have a time limit.
Have you ever had a really bad injury and when it happened you didn’t even feel pain? That’s what our sin is like. At first we are numb to our sin and don’t recognize it. It is only when the numbness and shock wears off and the pain sinks in that a person can truly start to heal. You have to be broken in order to be restored. This takes time, so be patient. You can’t fix something that you don’t recognize as broken.
Steps to redemption or a guide to achieving grace makes the person focus on the dos and don’ts. That is not grace, it is probation. It’s like serving time or doing community service. It is not unconditional and free of charge. By putting a stipulation or a checklist on grace it’s saying that Jesus is not enough.
Jesus is MORE than enough.
God made us a promise and that promise is that there is nothing you can or can’t do to make Him turn his back on you. It’s a promise from God sealed through Jesus. As God’s chosen people we must also make a promise that there is nothing someone can or can’t do to make YOU turn your back on them.
In order for someone to be restored and renewed they must be shown grace. Without grace there is no reason for them to change their ways. They don’t see a reason to change if everyone’s still going to hate them anyway. What a sad message we have sent to the church and His people.
Believe me, I am not saying that I am guilt free. I have been conditional with my grace and my love more than I would like to admit.
However, there came a time in my life where all I needed was grace and it was no where to be found. It was conditional. It had a time limit and it showed no compassion. That is not grace from God, that is worldly and the difference is huge.
The second most important commandment in the bible above loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength is to love others. Loving others means showing them God’s compassion and grace.
Next time someone disappoints you, sins, or you find yourself judging, please stop yourself. Think about Jesus and what He would do given the situation. Think about grace and forgiveness, the very reason why God sent His son. Put yourself in that persons shoes and think about how you would want someone to treat you had you been the one to fall. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. It is our duty to carry out God’s word to His people.
"The way to freedom and escape from being condemned is to love. A person who is acting in love is always looking for the best in others, never gives up on them, never keeps records of their sins. A person who is acting in love never hopes the person gets what is coming to them. They aren't happy when another person suffers in consequence.
When you're looking for someone else's best, you hide your worst. When you never give up on someone, you will not be given up on. When you erase the sins of another in your mind, your sins are not remembered either. When you push through for another person, you get to go through, too. When you lift the weight of another person's consequences, you satisfy the Law of Love."
I was looking through lyrics today and these struck me.
I'm pretty sure that they are intended to be a love song but I see it as a love song from God to his beloved.
On Your Own lyrics
You live with a halo round your head, This time your leaving. This place where the walls are painted red, Freedom is what you need.
But if the world should ever fall apart around you, And if your lost and barely breathing, I will find you, And carry you back home. I won't forsake the only love I ever known, When your out there on your own.
Dark clouds they surround you in the sky, Rain falls when your sleeping. When your past the point of no return. I will take away the hurt.
And if the world should ever fall apart around you, And if your lost and barely breathing, I will find you, And carry you back home. I won't forsake the only love I ever known, When your out there.....
And I will wait, However long it takes, Til you realize what you have been searching for, Was right here all along. Eh...yea.....
When you lost the only light you had to guide you, And your cold and barely breathing, I will find you. And carry you back home, I won't forsake the only love I ever known, When your out there on your own.
And if the world should ever fall apart around you, And if your lost and barely breathing, I will find you, And carry you back home. I won't forsake the only love I ever known, When your out there on your....
When I was in 8th grade we were asked to choose a song that would be our
"Personal Theme Song".
This song had to have lyrics that reflected our life.
We were to copy it and write a speech about what it meant to us and why we
After days of looking up lyrics I discovered the song
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack.
I have not stuck true to these lyrics that once gave me hope.
I settled for the path that I thought would be the one of least resistance.
I came close to selling out, and didn't reconsider.
Sadly above all, I did not give faith a fighting chance.
My hope for the future is that I change that pattern.
I don't want my decisions to be based on fear.
As I walk through the toughest times in my life, these words are hope to me.
They are a reminder of what I found important so many years ago
And what I need to keep as important now and in the future.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for grantid
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Loving might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always) I hope you dance (Rolling us along) I hope you dance (Tell me who) I hope you dance (Wants to look back on their years and wonder) (Where those years have gone)
This is an old post from last year but I'm finding it inspiring again so thought I would share...
Now that the sun is finally shining I am loving being outside. Cottage gardens are so inspiring to me. I found these photos and info. from This Old House
Classic cottage gardens—like the houses that give them their name—tend to be compact, informal, and highly individualistic. Located close to the front or back door, traditional examples display a harmonious mix of annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, vines—even vegetables—in neatly tended arrangements designed to delight, rather than impress.
*Follow The Brick Road*
Bricks laid in a diagonal herringbone pattern form a curving path dividing two wide borders. A hipped-roof birdhouse draws the eye upward.
A classic rose-covered arbor and meticulously trimmed privet hedge provide architectural structure in a small yard overflowing with pink and purple flowering plants, including lush hydrangeas, old-fashioned garden phlox (foreground), and a wide window box filled with sun-loving annuals.
*Made For Shade*
Belgian block frames a shade-tolerant border composed of 'Anabelle' hydrangeas, hostas, and ferns.
Under an arching weeping willow, a row of late-flowering pink and white rose of Sharon shrubs—planted closely together to create a privacy screen—gives this late-summer garden romantic appeal.
Favorite cottage-garden perennials—including black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), pink-flowering sedum, and pale-blue delphinium—create a vibrant border around a carefully tended lawn.
*Green Peace* Greenery—in plants and painted trim—evokes a sense of tranquility in a cedar-shingled cottage's low-maintenance, cobblestone courtyard.
A Greek Revival dwelling gets a down-to-earth garden that takes the edge off its formality.
A favorite of butterflies, golden Rudbeckia grabs attention in a casual country garden punctuated by a compact Japanese maple, neatly trimmed boxwood, swordlike iris foliage, and a rose-covered arbor. Inorganic elements—from the stonework to the timeworn mailbox and lozenge-shaped window on the back door—add immeasurably to the simple yard's undeniable charms.
A row of hydrangeas makes a bold impact in a narrow patch of land.
*My Blue Heaven*
Easily grown from seed, 'Heavenly Blue' morning glories twine about a white-picket fence, their heart-shaped foliage providing a visual metaphor of simplicity and contentment.
*Splashes Of Color*
Tall cottage classics like lemon-yellow daisies and fragrant white phlox stand out against the silvered shingles of a cedar-shake outbuilding.
*Uniformity Is Boring*
In the best cottage gardens, diversty reigns, with a wide range of roses, annuals, perennials, and shrubs sharing the limelight. Here, left to right, hostas, statuesque eupatorium, black-eyed Susans, snowy phlox, and eight-foot-tall hollyhocks (nearly gone to seed) harmonize in the yard of a rose-covered retreat.
*Enchanting Entry* Billowing pink hibiscus blossoms greet visitors by the front door.
Limiting the palette to two or three hues—in this case, pink, blue, and cream—keeps the mix harmonious.
Hope you enjoyed those beautiful photos. Have a blessed day!
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Today I'm inspired.
I'm inspired by student athletes who are deaf, travel an hour to and from school each day for a better education, work their hardest at their studies and sports, all while having a good attitude.
Today I am inspired by a student athlete who no longer lives with her parents, but with her sister an hour away from school and still manages to get up early on a Saturday morning to ride the bus to and from softball practice, all while having a good attitude.