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Weekly Favorite Links (July 2-8, 2015)

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If there is one thing that always surprises and never ceases to leave me utterly speechless and in streams of tears, it is grace.

I have been the recipient of so much undeserved grace lately.

I am amazed at how loved I am by those around me. I suppose I’ve always had this internal struggle that I needed to earn that love and so throughout my life, I sought to please. But grace is something that I cannot earn, which makes it so much more precious when it’s given. God has placed people in my life that have seen me at my worst and ugliest moments. Instead of judging me and telling me that I’m a disappointment or that I should’ve known better than to fall into certain sins, their eyes have only grown more tender and compassionate when all is laid bare.

Most importantly, they have readily forgiven me when oftentimes I struggled to forgive myself. When I am feeling overwhelmed with shame and guilt, they have patiently pointed me to Scripture to help me train my thoughts to find comfort in what is true. Not only have they embraced me in spite of my failures, they have firmly reminded me of the grace that is found at the foot of the cross. By no means do they condone my mistakes. But they have demonstrated what it means to love in hard times and to bear one another’s burdens because we all fall short. Instead of allowing me to run away from my trials, these brothers and sisters of mine have cheered for me to press on and to finish well.

I am so thankful for these individuals.

But you know what’s even crazier? These dear friends of mine are testaments of God’s faithfulness and work in their lives. More than their love for me is the mysterious love that my Savior and Lord displayed on the cross. In order so that I could be freed from the bondage of sin, He who knew no sin became sin in my place and bore my weaknesses. In this life, I will never be able to understand why Christ would die for someone like me. I will never be worthy of God’s love, of His Son’s sacrificial death on my behalf. However, if it was not for the grace of God, if Christ did not bear my guilt and shame, I would still be in chains today.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 

Romans 8:1-11

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Weekly Favorite Links (Jan 29-Feb 4, 2015)

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Before I share all my favorite links this week, I want to talk about my life for a bit. Last week was a stressful week. While I thought I had planned a week full of down time with only a handful of things to do, my schedule filled up fairly quickly with spontaneous activities and meetings. While all the spontaneity was good for my soul in the long run, I still wrestled with anxiety. This led to a lot of sleepless nights because I couldn’t turn my brain off. And if you know me, I love my sleep so not sleeping well was extra hard.

In addition, the sore throat that I mentioned about last week gave me a lot of anxiety because I really didn’t want to get sick. By God’s grace, it didn’t turn into a full-blown cold. At the start of this week, I thought it did, but I was only experiencing my first-ever symptoms of allergies. Still, there are lessons to be learned. God is teaching me to rest in Him in my anxiousness. Every time I become worried about things outside of my control, the Spirit reveals to me my lack of trust in my Savior. It’s only when my body begins to break down, physically and/or emotionally, that I’m forced to recognize my own limitations and how I CANNOT do it all.

It may seem like a silly lesson to learn repeatedly, but I don’t think I’m truly repentant about it. I may be repentant about it in the moment, but time always reveals where our hearts stand. I can’t meet up with every person, I can’t pray and serve all those that I feel strongly convicted to care for, I can’t bake a bazillion things that I want to learn, and I can’t perfectly balance work and family and friends and leadership responsibilities….. the list goes on. On top of all the anxiety, last week unexpectedly brought about some unwanted emotional pain, anger, and bitterness from the past. At what seemed like the worst timing ever, God sovereignly chose that moment in time to test my faith. And when I was in the midst of dealing with a myriad of flooding emotions, Psalm 46:10 came to mind. Be still, Endora. Abide in Me. Find rest in Me.

Humbling, much-needed reminders. It’s a constant struggle, but I’m thankful that it’s not a lonely battle.

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