It’s such a sweet word, isn’t it?
To your tired, worn out heart… Grace.
To your worn out arms that refuse to let the banner fall… Grace.
To your mind and all of the todos and events and schedules and appointments you are holding there… Grace.
To the body that you will to just keep going… Grace.
To the knuckles gripped so tightly to the wheel of your life… Grace.
Every so often we get a wake-up call, and mine happened today. I got some blood test results back that were startlingly low and directly correlated to my level of stress. It was not a “sound the fire alarms” kind of test, but it’s definitely something I need to pay attention to.
It’s easy to ignore the broken pieces of our lives, the things that seem unchangeable, or the things that seem just too much to deal with. For me, stress is one of those things. It sits on my shoulders in a manageable way. It’s painful, but not so painful that the alarms go off, and I’m motivated to do something about it.
It’s not so painful that it’s worth the cost of making a change.
But getting those test results… yeah, that was painful. There are places in my life that are broken, things I need to work on, things I need to trust to God that I’ve been holding on to.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
I can’t quite explain it, but I have this feeling in my heart that there is a deep connection between the brokenness in my life and walking in grace and finding wholeness. It is in this space that I want to grow and change, whatever that looks like.
So it’s time to shift gears, get back to what it means to live simply and fully, and walk in grace. Just in time, The Nester has started a 31 Days writing challenge. I’m getting a late start, but I’ve decided to link up and participate. For the month of October, I’ll be writing about the usual stuff (food… Mackenzie… you know 🙂 ), but every day, you can expect a post from me about this journey toward grace and wholeness. It’s not that I need a new challenge. However, I do need to pay attention to this, and writing about it here will help me do that in a positive, productive way. My hope is that it encourages you, and we can grow together.
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*Update: I missed the link-up, but I will still be posting. You can