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Grace to Never Give Up

March 1, 2015 — 1 Comment

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“I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility, and love.” ~ Brother Lawrence

I learned something new this week. You probably already knew it, but I can be a bit oh… on the slow side. You may also know I have zero problem humiliating myself for your entertainment. It’s a calling really, so I embrace it.

Anyhow, I am reading John Bevere’s book Relentless: The Power You Need To Never Give Up, and I had an epiphany regarding God’s grace.

God’s grace not only saves us, it empowers us. 

“My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” 2 Cor. 12:9

“All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with Him will rule in this life through Christ.” Romans 5:17

What does it mean to rule? Trust me, it doesn’t look or sound remotely like what we see in our culture. It means to know God’s power can and will be with you through any adversity the enemy would set before you. You can remind the enemy that your God has already provided a way through!!! And ultimately if you’re surrendered to the Lord, He doesn’t need your ‘strength’, He works even more beautifully through your weaknesses.

This doesn’t mean the adversity will suddenly disappear. God never promised life would be easy, but we go through it strengthened by the fact that His grace truly is sufficient. We can come boldly to the throne of grace, to the God whom Jesus prayed to for equipping, for empowerment, for grace in every situation.

It is God’s grace that empowers us to be & do what He’s set before us, to be the extension of His Love to a desperate & lonely world, even though we may be going through our own trials. We can not do it without God’s grace. I mean that literally. By ourselves, we have nothing to offer anyone. So if we’re out there doing what would be considered ‘good works’, it’s hogwash without God’s love & power flowing through us.

So are you feeling weak, ill-equipped, burned out? {Holla!} You & I are in a fantastical place to remind God of His Word ~ that His grace is all we need. He will empower us as we cling to Him, to His presence, and to reality that we are children of the King of Kings… THE BOSS. If we, in faith, start praying as if we are empowered (cuz we are), we will rule through Christ’s grace in the midst of the storms of life.

Perhaps you’re stressing, striving, and begging God for relief so you can do His will. Or maybe that’s just my bleeding, pleading heart echoing back at me. We are at THE perfect place to grab hold of His GRACE and remind ourselves the power to persevere through adversity comes from knowing that just as Jesus ruled in life and brought heaven to earth, we are equipped to do the same works as He did… and even greater works. (John 14:12)

As you go about your week, my friend, don’t just give God your heart… give him your soul. Surrender your mind, your will, your emotions to a gracious God who has already provided the way through.

Start with… ‘God, I’m thankful we’re in this together. I’m thankful You didn’t just drop me down here on this crazy earth to try to do it all on my own. I’m thankful your grace has provided & empowered me to be & do what you’ve called me to, even though I’m not all put together first. I thank you that your grace is sufficient in my weakness & You see me through every adversity. I trust You, Lord. Amen.’ 

How would you describe grace?

Shine On! 

 Danielle 

Power? Who Needs It?

May 1, 2010 — 6 Comments

You.

You need your power. I need my power.

However, you don’t need MY power and vice versa.

I want to encourage Moms today. Stop giving away your power. No one can take your power from you unless you willingly surrender it.

I love this quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., the author of Life’s Little Instruction Book.

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you:

love, prayer, and forgiveness.”

Let me be clear here. Forgiveness is not letting someone walk all over you. That is giving your power away. You’ve probably heard it said  that the act of forgiveness is for you. Forgiveness allows you to move on. The power to forgive comes from knowing that that person has no power over you.

When I embrace the power of forgiveness I embrace love, joy & confidence to live my life freely.

I have someone in my life right now (who will remain nameless) that has had such power over me because I have GIVEN it to that person. I have allowed that person to steal my time and my joy – and they know NOTHING about it! That’s right, they don’t even know the power they have. I should say HAD. I have humbly and purposefully taken the power back. There have been times where I’ve had to actually say, “No More. You will not treat me like this if you want this relationship to continue.” Taking your power requires boldness. Regardless, I will not let any more time or joy be stolen from me because of this relationship. I’ve drawn a line.

And I suggest you do the same. Have you sold your peace and joy to someone over & over again, who is none the wiser?

Here are 3 steps to taking it back.

1. Of course the first is forgiveness. Depending on the depth of hurt, I usually don’t have the ability in me to offer forgiveness in my own strength. Take the hurt to God. Tell Him you were wronged. Tell Him you deserve respect from that person. Ask him to replace that anger and frustration with His tender love & mercy. Ask Him to help you deal with it in a healthy manner.

2. Change your focus – in other words, Go to your happy place! You’ve heard it said that the dog you feed the most is the one that wins the fight… so stop feeding into the unforgiveness. Put your time & resources & love into healthy relationships.

3. Reach out. This is a tricky one. If you are in a physically abusive situation, reaching out to the abuser is not the way to go. However, still reach out. Reach out to someone you do trust. Reach out to someone who has your best interest at heart. Don’t be afraid to open up. If we truly want our power back, we will find a way to break free from the chains that try to bind us.

What is one thing that you do in order to forgive? Let’s encourage one another…

Boundaries When to Say Yes, When to Say No, When to Take Control of Your Life

This is a great resource book by Henry Cloud & John Townsend, to deal with this issue of forgiveness and setting personal boundaries.

Have you given your power away? Me too. Let’s take it back. Today.

Keep Lovin’ Moms!