When our Lord holds us there is nothing ~ nothing at all that can harm us. Even when we’re hurting and sore and bruised and broken our pain is cushioned by His sweet grace and unconditional love. No foe can snatch us or catch us off guard because our Saviour knows before we do just what’s up and just what’s ahead. He’s already got it for us! Already working on it for us, protecting us, caring for us, repairing, and preparing to bring us out.What a sweet, unfathomable, incomprehensible love is that?Isaiah 3: 10 “Tell the godly that all will be well with them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned.”
So beautiful soul, when you’ re all in but your shoe laces, and your world has taken a topple over the edge, it’s not gone and it’s not all that bad. So, take a deep breath and savor the sweet air and the blessing that it is to you right now, this minute. Exhale and feel the blessing of God touching your shoulder and whispering deep into your soul, “It’s all ok, I’ve got that too. I’ve got your world that toppled and your shoes. Now, let Me help you pick up where you left off and get back on track.” He’s there for that and He’s there for your caved in world.
So when it’s all gone wrong and Thursday is orange, or Wednesday is blue, the air is still sweet and the blessings are many. That breath you just took is pure grace and it’s yours for free. All you need is a thankful spirit and a new power source directly connected to the One true, sovereign God. He understands all the stuff that has you turned inside out and upside down. So, beautiful soul, in the midst of all that nothing, take another blessing of sweet breath and ask His direction for your next move.
Certainly You made my mind and heart;
You wove me together in my mother’s womb.
I will give You thanks because Your deeds are awesome and amazing.
You knew me thoroughly;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
Acknowledge Him in all your ways,
and He will make your paths straight.
We’re so needy aren’t we? So needy for that sweet grace that surrounds us and yet we’re so oblivious to! Take a deep breath ~ it’s there in the air! Oh it might be polluted air because of man’s hand in it all but even in that messed up and un-pure air there is grace ‘cuz without it, taking that life-giving breath wouldn’t happen! Yet we’re so unaware of it aren’t we? Why would we think about it? Doesn’t it just go hand in hand with life itself ~ so daily ~ so always there? Yes, and we in our busy schedules don’t think about the mechanics of it all or how it works, we just live our life and take it so for granted! God’s grace is like that ~ so always there for our undeserving selves. It’s continually lavished on us moment by moment and yet we pull the wool over our spiritual eyes and fail to see it clearly for what it is. Full – out Grace somehow gets drowned out by the noise of our complaining, critical spirits. It’s always there for us, yet our appreciation for it gets left in the dust of our busy lives and in the pressure of our deadlines!
Ah ~ yes, beautiful soul ~ today, just take time to breath in the sweet grace of God’s beautiful surroundings, where the blessings lie hidden for the soul eyes of the faithful and those who walk in obedience, hearing the voice of God in their journey. It might well be a rough journey for you now but ~ if you just took a breath, grace is there for you and it’s in not just in the air but in all the little things of your world. Take time out to ponder it, appreciate it and be thankful for it. Soak in God’s grace today! Saturate your day with it and find joy in the moment ~ yes ~ even in this moment!
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.
“There is nothing but God’s grace. We walk upon it; we breathe it; we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
Bad Habits? Got any? They can take you down roads of calamity and ruin! I’m sure we could all pull out a string of many colors from our pocket if we consider things like worry, fear, envious and negative thoughts, etc, etc. Just bad habits, but sin, nevertheless! Things that could could so easily be dismissed by saying “It’s just the way I am.”
Habits are good if used to serve others, bad if used to serve ‘self’. They’re born out of selfishness and once established they become a very difficult thing to break free from. God knows it and out of His divine, unconditional love for us, doesn’t expect perfection from His children, anymore than we expect perfection from ours. He is understanding of our heart and sees deeply into the motive. He knows our character and our heart’s desire to truly please Him and in His compassion wants to free us from the bondage of guilt, even when we fail. When we fall into sin, He grants grace and forgiveness every time we ask. When we come yet again, as a whipped puppy before Him, it’s like He holds a record card in His hand with a blank page and every single time He says, “I see no record of your wrong. Go and sin no more!! John 8: 10, 11 “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” Only Christ indwelling us can free us from the selfish sin and bad habits that enslave us.
For the journey, His grace and favor are vast and abundant enough to keep us walking in His light and Truth in spite of bad habits. With God’s help we keep pressing on towards the goal, in the knowledge of the Righteousness of Christ, forgetting those things which are behind as Paul recorded in Philippians 3: 13 – 15 from his prison cell…
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;…”