Today, we had a good start to the day, went to PE with the dog, I got about 2 1/2 miles in while the kids were in class. Then ran into our ex youth minister’s wife who just started homeschooling and our PE class. It was good to see her but rather awkward because they left the church all of a sudden without explanation. Then we get home and I go outside to the back patio and we have an overnight extensive ant invasion out there. Then mom calls and her car battery is dead. That is three weird things to deal with in one day.
So, I handled one at a time and now we are going swimming. Sometimes we need little rewards for things done well, especially weird unexpected things that break your flow. Flexibility with grace should be our M.O. but that M.O. should be rewarded sometimes and today at the pool is one of those times. And that will calm me back down. 😄❤
When we feel like we are walking a Tightrope through life, we miss the point. When trying to wrestle with making the masses happy, balancing time with our kids and spouse, figure out how much time our work should take and then a complexity added of how spiritual to be and when and how to do right and not wrong and when to say what and when to not talk, the tightrope under our feet gets skinnier and the distance beneath us is greater to fall.
And people fall from it all the time. People, sadly, believe that is all there is and lose hope and fall. And that is the saddest thing ever because they have clearly missed the point. And maybe that is why we weird big picture people exist, to remind you of the big picture.
Sure, we are weird. I own that and have never cared what people thought of me because of the big picture thing. Yes, I miss a lot of the details so I miss a lot, but here is the thing. I am good at at least one thing, seeing and showing the big picture. And here it is. This is huge and if you grasp it, your tightrope will suddenly turn into a wide bridge over a trench.
Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior is all about grace and putting God first.
If you really embrace that, your life will instantly be brighter and load lighter. Guilt loads will dump off to God’s forgiveness. Loneliness will disappear because God comforts and fills you up with thr Holy Spirit, a constant companion with warm arms and power when needs be. And balancing everything becomes easy as He gives abundant wisdom when we put Him first. And reading thr Bible and praying keeps our connection to God strong and bonds the relationship so peace and joy is forever right there no matter what.
No need to walk a tightrope, just need to see the big picture and embrace it. Then wow, that grace takes over and perfection is no longer required, just devotion. Wow! Freedom! Hope!😄❤
Matthew 5, 6 & 7 is the Sermon on the Mount, arguably the strongest teaching from Jesus on how to live. Here, He corrects errors of heart. Here is the insight:
Thr Sermon on the Mount is teaching on how to obey the law (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.) Only Jesus says to do this humbly and from the heart and WITH GRACE.
And this is the revolution Jesus led. That of grace and forgiveness, doing what is right humbly from the inside out with forgiveness.❤
To be successful, make many tiny accessible goals, not something grandiose maybe beyond your reach because of a number of variables. So, today I had success by God’s amazing grace in several arenas.
I made it through helping the entire time during our church’s yard sale 7am-1pm. We raised close to $400 for missions, praise God! Success 1.
I kept my fast pure today by God’s grace amidst lots of eating around me and things going on. Success 2.
I figured out how to shampoo our studio carpet all by myself and completed that. Success 3.
That is enough success for one day. I am very blessed and thank God for every success and grace to carry on. He is so good!!!😄❤❤❤
God pours grace into us. He lets it flow freely. It is our means of salvation, offered as a precious gift as soon as we accept Jesus as our Savior. It is not earned or we could provide our own salvation and we can not. It is not up in the air, our room in heaven is secured, certain, guaranteed. The work we do in life to worship God and serve others is not to earn anything but to show thanks for the free gift n of grace and salvation God gave us. We need to be grateful for it because that is the right response when we have been given so valuable a gift freely of eternal life with our Creator. Grace is that important and enormous. It is an extension of God’s love for us and is motivated by it. All we have to do is truly accept it. And the correct response is gratitude, which is our motivation to worship, love, and serve others and share the gift.❤
I have to share a story. There was once recently a damaged person who misunderstood comments and actions of people who did not understand that person’s damage or misunderstanding. The damaged one became very upset and lashed out on those who did not know what they had done wrong.
And all could have ended there and relationships severed and permanent hurt on both sides. In fact, this story plays itself out every day all over the world.
However, those ignorant innocents who were lashed out against did not lash back or cry or talk bad about or get upset or what not. No, they prayed, we prayed. We prayed together hand in hand. Then I prayed alone on my knees on my bed also. We and I prayed for wisdom, understanding, help, peace, and joy.
Then I took a deep breath and talked to the offended and immediately received insight and wisdom and knew what to do. I put on my humble and apologized for disrespectful words out of my mouth that triggered the damage and thus created the misunderstanding. And I was met with an immediate change from angry opposition to melted heart before my eyes. I met hostility with peace from God through His answer to my prayer. This prayer’s answer was drenched with grace. God had answered and helped us all. He worked it all out. We conversed and have mended and bonded closer with empathy and understanding.
And friends, God will help you also every time you humbly talk to Him. I am proof. He loves you and I do too.❤