Grace changes everything | Personal growth

Grace: (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

When you reach that season of life where as Eugene Peterson’s version of 1st Corinthians 15:10 in the message says: {But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I'm not about to let his grace go to waste.} After everything that has gone on over the past seasons of my life it’s just too good to waste now. Now that I get it. Now that the lightbulb of the cross truly is understood at thirty-stinkin-two even though I’ve been in church my entire life. So I heard a sermon by pastor Brian of West Ridge Church in Dallas, GA on forgiveness and during this sermon I noticed two young girls in front of me who were on their phones the entire time just hash tagging their Jesus time away, and I began to think if only I had heard this sermon at their age and applied it to my adult life oh how different things would have been. Later I was telling a sweet friend about this and she brought to my attention that it doesn’t matter if I had heard it at 15 because my heart wasn’t ready to hear it. God knows each of us intricately and God works all things together for the good.  He saw my future, he knows my heart, he knows what gets me and he knew exactly what I needed to bring me to my knees. I thank God for every trial now because those trials brought me to where I am now. Where I am now is a peaceful place. Peace in God I never knew existed. I don’t think until you truly surrender you can not ever fully feel it. I tried before.... I failed. I tried again... and failed. Yet HE picked me up. He still loved me in all my failures and through all my sins (Proverbs 24:16) Then I fully with my whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13) surrendered my wants and what I thought were my needs to him the heavens opened up y’all! Saying it and doing it are not the same. I can say all day long I love my neighbor but until I lay down my own self for that neighbor I’m lying to myself and to God.  Once you truly start to understand the deeper meaning of grace you don’t want to disappoint God in a sense. That’s how I feel at least. I know he is all forgiving and the cross erased my sins past, present and the ones I know I’ll commit.  Grace pushes me to be better. In case y’all didn’t know I love the Bible and I love what God is doing in me. At 15 I used my bible as a paper weight y’all. Now that I’ve opened it like the wardrobe doors of Narnia I can’t even believe this amazing book of life truly is just now waking me up from the dead.

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Atlanta family photographer, Colorado family photography, Maroon bells, Aspen, Grace

“Don’t waste the grace of this season worrying about the next one.” -Steven Furtick (Elevation Church)

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