glimpses of grace, vol. 1

Glimpses of Grace is a new feature on the blog, sharing these beautiful glimpses of grace I have been seeing and experiencing lately — whether in my own life, through reading books and blogs, or however else.


Some thoughts:

What really amazes me is how God’s love deems me worthy. Knowing my sin and my darkness, He wanted to bring me to Him and restore me — even though it meant Jesus dying on the cross for me. Still, He willingly deemed me worthy by His love. Amazing grace, amazing love.

This week, I have been battling with feeling rather useless in the kingdom of God and I’ve been praying a lot, to see whether I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and whether what I am doing is working towards eternity and glorifies God. This is still a battle for me but the Lord has been faithful to pour His grace into my heart. The other morning, He woke me up at 5:45 to talk with Him (and I had no early lectures that morning so, yeah, I had thought to sleep a little longer than that). God is so good, though — and He’s given me these verses to think upon this week:

“He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Gal. 6:8-9)

Some links:

When Everything’s Pressing in & You Would Like Some Answers. Because Ann Voskamp writes the most beautiful words of all, and these had my heart.

5 Steps to Healing After Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice that we have to make daily, and though it most definitely leads to joy and healing — these won’t happen the moment you choose to forgive. Healing after forgiveness is a process of its own, and here are five great steps that will help to heal your hurting heart.

What Gossip Says About God. A seriously good article on gossip by Paul Maxwell.
“Life-giving speech and gossip are the respective languages of the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. Let us embody “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) by becoming vulnerable and merciful with our neighbors and ourselves in consistency with the theology of Scripture, and for the sake of Christ (John 13:35).”

Personal holiness is not perfect holiness, but it is real holiness. And this will always include both faith and repentance. The Christian who is marked by increasing holiness is not characterized sinless faith, but repenting faith.” (Joe Thorn)


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