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Well friends, our big secret is out, and we are SO excited to finally be sharing the news that we are expecting our first little one! I still find myself pausing after saying that, because it’s just so hard to believe that it’s actually happening. We’re going to be PARENTS!

I remember like it was yesterday when we found out. Back in January, I had been getting hit with major waves of exhaustion and just not really feeling like myself for a few weeks. I had a slight feeling I was pregnant, but kinda brushed it off initially because I wasn’t expecting us to get pregnant so quickly. Both Jay and I have had our own slew of health problems and so we were assuming it might take awhile. But I eventually took a couple tests and literally gasped when the two pink lines showed up on both (don’t ask me why I took two after the first was positive! Haha) I immediately ran downstairs to tell Jay and it was pretty hilarious how shocked we both were. The baby wasn’t unplanned, we just couldn’t believe it was happening so soon! But we are THRILLED beyond words and super anxious to find out what our little one is.

As far as how the baby and myself are doing, the pregnancy has been going great so far. Baby is due October 7th! He/She is going strong and has a good and healthy heart rate! I was hit with pretty horrendous morning (afternoon, and night) sickness majority of my first trimester which was not fun. At all (at least it’s a good thing). But thank the good Lord, by week 11 I started feeling SO much better and more like myself and that’s been glorious. 

Being completely raw and real with you all, the first few weeks pregnancy were an emotional roller coaster for me. I had the desire to be a mom and had been feeling “ready” for quite some time to embark on that adventure, so I couldn’t have been more excited when we found out! But then with all the excitement came the realization that a very new, unfamiliar, life changing chapter was approaching us. I cannot put into words just how beautiful marriage to my husband has been and how much we truly enjoy spending life with each other. It’s been such a sweet time and there was a bit of sadness in my heart knowing that things were going to look very different for us very soon. From there, the enemy used the thoughts and feelings I was having to create more fear inducing thoughts and feelings. I began to feel all sorts of unprepared and inadequate for motherhood.

But I am so thankful for the peace of God. The marvelous, all surpassing, enemy defeating peace of God! It swoops right in, full of precious promises and perfect comfort, that drown out the meaningless noise and fears we so easily can get overwhelmed by. God continues to lovingly and patiently remind me, that His timing is always perfect, ALL his paths are steadfast love and faithfulness (Psalm 25:10, 26: 3, 40:11, 86:15, 117:2) and that He is the one that gives us the strength and ability to do anything in this life.

Anything done in our own strength and by our own efforts will always fall flat. It’s by His Spirit and by fully surrendering to Him that we are fully equipped, given the ability to live lives that bring Him the greatest glory, and that in turn bring us the most freedom. I initially wanted to write this blog just to elaborate a bit more and celebrate our exciting news, but I also wanted to write this as some sort of encouragement to somebody out there today.

I don’t know where you’re at right now. Maybe you’re terrified (like I was for a little while) about having a baby, maybe you desire so much to be a mother and are struggling with fertility, maybe you have kids already and are just really feeling defeated right now, or maybe none of this is even on your radar yet. Whatever season you’re in, take comfort in the fact that our good and gracious God CAN BE TRUSTED. He is perfect in ALL things, ALL circumstances and at ALL times. He sees you. He knows exactly what He’s doing with and in and through your life and it is without question, beautiful.  His grace is sufficient for you today, tomorrow and the days to come (2 Cor. 12:9). It’s in our weakness that His mercy and strength can be displayed all the more!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:9

If you think to, please keep our little family in your prayers. Pray for God’s wisdom and direction for Jay and I as we prepare for parenthood and raising up our child in the truth. And for our sweet baby. Please be praying for their continued life and health and that even now, they would be drawn to the Father. We cannot even wait to meet our little one and introduce whoever they are to you all. EEK!

Thank you so much for the prayers and for reading. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

One of the biggest driving forces that led to shifting my purpose and vision for The Lowly Life, was my smartphone. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself going back and forth about using my phone too much and really struggling with just how involved things like social media were in my life, and in the lives of those around me.

Technology and all we have access to through it is truly amazing! It’s fun and can be a practical, useful tool for our lives. But it can be overused so easily and there are many unfortunate side effects to this. Relationships suffer, we disconnect from real life moments and experiences, drama (So. Much. Drama.) discord, and comparison eat away at us, our health can be negatively impacted, and we can struggle to be productive. It was really important for me to take a major step back and look at how I was personally being affected by the ways I used my phone, and then determine the changes that I needed to make.

Now this is coming from a girl who LOVES her Instagram and has made so many incredible connections through being on social media! I know that there are many positive aspects to it and it can be a beautiful way to engage with others. But I do think use of social media and our smartphones in general, has blown way out of proportion and that it could be dialed down a bit. Okay, a lot.

We can implement significant changes into our everyday lives that will help us spend less time on our phones, and live more simply, intentionally and purposefully. This will look different for all of us, but today I wanted to share with you some simple ways that I’ve personally created distance from my phone, and the boundaries that have really helped me to be more productive, mindful and invested in different areas of my life. I hope they are helpful for you as well and that you’ll consider giving them a try if you’ve found yourself in the same boat.

1. Turn Notifications OFF

This one change has been SO helpful for me! My phone used to blow up with all kinds of notifications throughout the day and it made it difficult to be self controlled and not respond to things immediately. So at the start of this year, I turned off all social media notifications and it’s been absolutely wonderful. Now my phone only goes off if I receive an email, phone call or text message. In addition, I’ll usually have my phone on silent during the day, and this has also helped me be more detached and able to get things done without it calling to me 24/7.

2. Phone Free Date Nights

I recently started leaving my phone at home or in the car when Jay and I go out for date nights. This boundary allows me to focus more fully on time with my husband, without the distraction or need to check my phone for anything.

Back on our 2 year wedding anniversary, Jay took to me to a super fancy restaurant in Downtown Austin. It was such a beautiful place and the food was insane! I very quickly grabbed my phone to capture/post it all and he lovingly asked me if I could just put my phone away. A very simple and understandable request. This made me so frustrated, however, because all I was trying to do was capture the beauty of what we were experiencing. I didn’t see the harm at the time.

But the truth is that it simply wasn’t necessary. Jay wasn’t trying to be a jerk, all my husband wanted was a full date where we were focusing on simply being together, not worried about sharing it with the world or capturing the perfect picture.

There isn’t anything wrong with taking a snapshot to remember something beautiful, but we have to be careful and mindful that it doesn’t become routine, obsession, distraction, and have a negative impact on the people around us.

Don’t get me wrong, every now and then I’ll bring my phone with me if I want a picture with Jay or of where we are, but I never post in real time and always try to be selective and disciplined in it.

3. Phone Free Night Stand

I don’t know about you, but this girl is a major night owl. I am always more productive, alert and my creative juices flow best late at night. Jay on the other hand tends to be an early riser and can be out cold by 8:30/9PM, which is pretty much impossible for me. We hardly ever go to bed that early, but sometimes he’s ready to hit the hay long before I am. We don’t like going to bed separately, so unless I have something specific to work on, I try winding down when he does.

More often than not I am tossing and turning, wide awake forever after he’s gone to sleep, so my first instinct is to grab my phone off of my night stand. It’s terrible I know, but it’s usually the only thing that “helps” get me to sleep. I’ve wanted to break this habit because I know it isn’t good for me, so I finally made a change and moved my phone away from my nightstand. It now charges on our dresser, on the opposite side of the room, which I’m too lazy to get up and grab if I can’t sleep. So that worked out nicely!

While this has been been an adjustment, it’s definitely been a positive one. I’ve actually had an easier time getting to sleep since making the switch, which is interesting. It also gets me out of bed quicker in the morning because I have to get up to shut off my obnoxious phone alarm, as opposed to hitting snooze a billion times when it’s next to me. We’ll be getting lamps for our room soon, so I’ll be able to read in bed when I can’t sleep, and that usually works wonders for me, too.

4. Posting Content Later And Less

I used to feel this strange need to post in real time and often. I thought I had to post something every single day,  and would even stress over not having content to share. It was ridiculous. Platforms like Instagram are such fun creative outlets and I love being able to showcase different aspects of our lives through pretty pictures,  but these apps should never, ever control us and it can be so easy for them to.

Things don’t have to be shared the moment they happen, and sometimes a moment should just be enjoyed for what it is, away from our phones and our favorite apps.

This shift in mindset was a game changer for me. I started looking at social media in a different light and saw less of a need for it in my everyday. For me, it’s been really helpful setting boundaries online, when it comes to how much I post and how much I’m on in general. Weekends, for example,  have become more of a phone free time in our home, where we aren’t posting, interacting online much and are very intentional about doing things together.

For you it might not be your phone. Maybe it’s Netflix, or cable, or just too much time browsing on your computer. Whatever the case may be, take a step back and ask yourself if you’re doing a good job of being invested in the lives of those around you, intentional with your time, and disciplined in the way you’re using technology. If you find that these areas could use some work, and even if none of my ideas suit your fancy, come up with a list of your own and give it a trial run! See the difference it makes for you.

I want to conclude by saying that I AM NOT PERFECT. I do not succeed in every area of this all the time and this is a constant work in progress! I’m not over here saying I have all the answers, because I most certainly don’t! But I have experienced very quickly the benefits of incorporating these much needed adjustments. I feel so passionate about giving my phone and technology in general, less of a place in my life. Because life is precious, and it’s important to view all that we do, as well as the motives behind what we do, in light of that.

 

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you give any of these a try/how they’re working out for you. Happy Friday!

 

 

Hello, friends!

Well first off, Happy very, VERY belated New Year to you all. It’s been a hot second since I was last on the blog, so it’s good to be back and writing again! These past several months, with the holidays, travel and continuing the process of settling into our new home have been super busy, both physically and mentally for us. It’s been a struggle to make time for the blog and just creating in general consistently, so that’s been a bummer.

But as much as I’ve hated the delay in getting back here and into the swing of things again, the time spent away has been so very good for me. It’s given me a lot of clarity and time to really think through, reevaluate and plan for some super exciting things this year. I’ve been reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to what I feel God has planted in my heart for 2018, and I’m SO excited to share that with you guys today!

SIMPLICITY

When I first created The Lowly Life, what inspired me initially to choose that name was the humility aspect of it. I have always desired to live a life of complete humility before God and to exemplify the character of Jesus, that was so beautifully and perfectly displayed. And while that purpose will still rule supreme in all that I do, the Lord placed fresh vision on my heart and is taking things in a new, yet perfectly aligned direction this year.

The Lowly Life is now going to stand for: Encouraging, inspiring and empowering others to live more simple, full, intentional lives for the glory of God. This is something I have become super passionate about over the past year and could not be more excited to represent. I have personally struggled and seen others in my life struggle with pursuing simplicity, slow living, being intentional and fully present, and so this message really hits home for me.

I’ve allowed many unnecessary stresses, busyness, drama, comparison and distraction to affect my own life. One of the main factors for that was my unhealthy use of my phone, but overall, my time (which don’t get me wrong, I am one of Instagram’s biggest fans and I love my iPhone, but my time on them was just turning out to be too excessive and not good for my life).  My passion stems from that, and comes from a place of deep, personal conviction. It’s such a huge desire of mine to help others pursue whatever a simple and full life looks like for them. I think it’s super important for us all to take a step back and remember just how precious life is, asking ourselves if we are truly living ours in the best, most God glorifying way.

There is SO MUCH life to live and enjoy outside of all the petty, meaningless things we can allow to take up our time. I want to challenge myself and others to find ways that we can lay aside meaningless distractions and fill more of our lives with what matters most. That could mean setting up family game nights, taking regular walks with your spouse, hosting fun parties or movie nights with friends, baking more in your kitchen, writing letters to long distance loved ones, reading books more (studying the Word more is huge), setting time aside to create (We ALL are creative and so many of  you are capable of so much more than you think you are), prioritizing fun vacations, and going on wild adventures with your people, getting more involved in your church and other communities…the list goes on and on, my friends and there’s so much that we can be replacing the excessive time on our phones, TV’s and computer screens with! 

COMMUNITY

Another huge aspect of change for The Lowly Life this year and something  I’m really passionate about, is community.  I am going to be incorporating more like minded people into what I do, allowing them to share their passions and hearts with you all on things that pertain to my overall mission. I’ve been so blessed and inspired by some amazing people in my life, and cannot wait to feature them here, so that they can speak into your lives and also just give you some fun ideas, tips and tricks to try! We’re going to be covering SO MANY amazing topics here that will touch on every area of life, and I’m just looking so forward to having a community on board with me to share them with you all.

As for me, I am going to be posting regularly and alternating guest posts with my own personal content each month. You’ll be seeing a lot of the same kinds of stuff from me, like favorite recipes, DIY’s, content on my marriage and family, thoughts on life and my faith, fashion, friendship, and probably a LOT more about our home, now that we are finally filling it with furniture and making it look oh so pretty!

I’ve also got a few other tricks up my sleeve this year, but I’m still working through and don’t want to reveal them just yet. So keep your eyes and ears peeled, folks! And if you think to, please keep me and everyone else that’s going to be apart of this new and exciting journey in your prayers! I cannot thank each and every one who takes the time to read my blogs and support The Lowly Life enough. You have been SUCH an encouragement and I am just so thankful for you all.

Stay tuned, friends,  and have an amazing weekend!

For His glory,

-Danielle

 

 

Happy Fall, friends! Welp, it’s been a hot second since I was last on the blog, but when life (crazy, CRAZY life) happens, you just have to take a major step back sometimes and rest awhile. We have gone through some big  transitions these past couple months and are currently enjoying a very new and exciting chapter! So I finally wanted to sit down and give everyone a big ole’ update on us.

For those of you who don’t know, Jay and I recently moved from Austin, TX all the way to Atlanta, GA in September. We had been in prayer and discussion about this move for a long time, and were given the confirmation to go in August. One of the the big driving forces for us moving to this area was living near my family again and also being in a much closer proximity (closer, anyway) to the rest of our family and friends in surrounding states. We had prayed about relocating to a couple different areas, but had peace very quickly that this was where we were supposed to be. Jay and I both work remotely, so we were blessed with the ability to move within a very short period of time and to have job security once we got down here. We are absolutely loving Georgia so far. And it’s kind of hilarious how excited and completely awestruck we were when we laid eyes on all the big, beautiful trees and hills out here. Talk about drop dead GORGEOUS!

As of November 1st,  we officially became HOMEOWNERS (No big deal, only been a dream of mine since forever) of the most beautiful first house we could have asked for, and are going on week two in our new place! It’s been a complete dream and we’re having so much fun fixing it up and making it our own (But to say that I have problems with making final decisions is a complete understatement and it’ll be a miracle if we have this place furnished 8 years from now at this rate. Jk…hopefully).

We’ve found a solid church in our town that we are really excited to connect with and be apart of, which is a huge answer to prayer! We’ve made new friends, done a fair amount of exploring so far and have just really been enjoying time with family. My parents have been SUCH a blessing to us since moving here, giving us a place to stay and feeding us while we hunted down a place to live. It’s surreal having them and my little bro so close to us now. We are so, so thankful!

I honestly don’t even think it’s fully sunk in for me yet, even after all that’s happened,  that we’re actually here. That Georgia is our new home. That all the prayers we’ve prayed and all the dreams we’ve had are coming to be. We are truly rejoicing in the undeserved goodness of God and all that He’s lavishing upon our lives right now.

Austin will forever hold such a special place in our hearts. So much growth, in every aspect of life, took place in us there. We made lifelong friendships, tried lots of new things, ate LOTS of good food and experienced such a sweet season with God. He pushed us to reach, dream, and hope for bigger. To trust Him with everything and in everything, when it truly seemed like our whole world was falling apart. He revealed himself in new, beautiful ways, which brought us into a deeper relationship with him and with each other. Jay and I experienced a great deal of heartache and confusion while we were in Austin, but God was so faithful and carried us through it all. He was always there strengthening and comforting, giving us the ability to better encourage, comfort and love each other.

It hardly ever makes sense why God does what He does, when He does, and what He chooses to use to grow us. But I promise you, friend,  there will never be a time that He can’t be trusted. Never will there be a moment that He isn’t faithful or good. His promises are true, His love is steadfast, His timing is perfect and His mercies are new with each new day. As the leaves continue to change, fall, and wither,  as Autumn continues welcoming the cold breezes and winter winds, as this beautiful season of harvest continues, may we come before our good and gracious Father with hearts full of gratitude. May we lift up our eyes and hearts in thanksgiving, entrusting Christ with our all, recognizing Him for who He is and for all He’s done.

Jay and I have a lot (alot alot alot alot) of big hopes, dreams and exciting plans for the coming months and we’re ready to embark on whatever that adventure looks like together. If you think to, please keep us in your prayers. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance alone to lead us, for our hearts to be ever turned towards Him, for our new home and neighborhood, that we can be a light and encouragement to the people around us, and for the new life in general that we’ve started here in Georgia.

Thank you so much for reading! Hopefully it won’t be coons age before you hear back from me on here again. Happy Monday, friends!

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

– Collossians 3:12-17

 

Okay, friends.

There’s this big fat lie that some of you are believing and it needs to stop right now. You know, that convincing lie that tells you that you aren’t creative and have nothing to bring to the table. This is something that has been SO heavy on my heart lately and I feel like I need to remind some of you lovely people just how amazing and truly creative YOU (yes, YOU) are!

I’ve been hearing so much these days, people being super hard on and blind to the greatness that’s within themselves. Maybe it’s because they can’t dance worth squat, or paint beautiful pieces of art, or cook exquisite meals, or carry a tune, or build things, or take “good”, “Instagram worthy” photos, or play an instrument…whatever the case may be! They compare the strengths and creativity of others with their own, quickly leaving feelings of discouragement, inadequacy and the sad belief that they have nothing legit to offer. But that’s the FARTHEST thing from the truth, friend, and if you’re one of those people, feeling like you aren’t creative or capable of creativity, you couldn’t be more wrong!

I feel like we do SUCH a good job of confining what creativity looks like into these little, specific boxes, and I think that social media has played a HUGE role in helping (hurting) us with this. We have endless access to other people’s lives, talents, successes and quickly beat ourselves down, discounting the good in our own lives, because of how different it looks from others. We turn a blind eye to the God given talents we possess, because they aren’t mind blowing, out of the norm, or something that’s super exciting to us. But here’s some good, factual news for your Friday: YOU are SO creative, YOU are SO special, YOU can make a difference with what you’ve been given, and long story short, YOU ARE ENOUGH.  There are so many ways that you are creative, you’re just not seeing them clearly!

It could be the way you tend to your home. That ability you have to keep things organized, clean, and looking so good. It could be the way you write. Through song, in a private journal, or a blog. Nobody writes like you do!  It could be in the way you parent your kids. Those games and crafts you come up with, the adventures you take them on, the lessons you teach them, the way you help them experience the fullness of life. It could be the way you serve others. Your unique ability to engage with and make them feel included, accepted and loved. It could be your cooking and/or baking! It could be in the way you work out, or style hair, or make DIYs,  or the unique clothes you wear, or the way you decorate, or the way you get work done… I could literally keep going for days, folks!

Seriously, creativity comes in so many different forms, and we need to broaden our thinking on the subject! Christ has created every last one of us with significant purpose and ability, and it’s when we refocus on Him (because our focus is not fully on Him when we have such a harsh and negative view of how He designed us) and dig down deep to find the ways that He’s made us awesome (not encouraging arrogance here whatsoever, just a healthy, correct viewpoint of ourselves!) that is when we will live with more freedom and confidence, fully aware of the amazing ways we’ve been created to create.

Fact: You ARE creative and it is my prayer that this little blog post helps to remind you of that, boosts your spirits up, and encourages you to walk with more peace and confidence to be the amazing, gifted human being you are.

Happy Friday, friends and thanks for reading!

One of the biggest desires of my heart in creating this blog, was to have the courage to speak up..to share what I have to say about things. I am not the most wise or well spoken individual, and I struggle so often to share what I’m hearing and learning from God, because of how aware I am of these facts. So often I have a thought about or response to something, but I belittle its significance and just let it go. I have not been faithful to pursue part of this blogs’ purpose, out of insecurity and doubt I so easily allow myself to give into.

But God has been revealing to me more and more and more (He’s had to remind me A LOT), that He hears and sees exactly where I’m coming from and that is really all that matters. This is all for Him. He values what I have to say and even if it doesn’t come out in the best, most eloquent and precise manner, even if it seems like no one is listening, reading, or cares… it’s somehow still a thing of beauty and value to HIM. I don’t have to have all of the right words, I don’t have to impress anyone. I can just be me, pursuing and learning from Jesus. Striving to serve Him fully with my life, and trust that the Holy Spirit will grant me with strength and wisdom to proclaim His goodness well.

So I said all of that to say this: I want to be faithful to write more about my hope in Christ here. I want to share more about the thoughts, joys, weaknesses, triumphs, trials and restorations of my faith. I want to speak in confidence about things,  knowing that regardless of all the weaknesses I see in myself, God is being glorified. It’s an act of worship unto Him when I open up about what He’s been saying, doing, teaching and taking me through. I want my life to be nothing less than a representation of who He is. I don’t want to hide or be ashamed of a single trial I face. I don’t want to struggle with sin and not share with someone else how I was able to overcome or learn from that sin. I want the gospel to be proclaimed and understood more fully, and it’s my prayer that this platform can be used to accomplish that in some way.This blog post was supposed to be about something completely different, but when I sat down to write it, this is what spilled out!

I hope that this has somehow encouraged and challenged you, friend. Be encouraged that you are loved, paid attention to, and heard by God. Even if you’re feeling as alone and inadequate as can be, HE is with you. HE sees and knows you better than anybody, and what He sees is pure gold. HE will never fail you. Run to Him with all that you have and ask for Him to reveal the truth of who He is, what He’s done for you and who you are to Him. And challenge yourself to proclaim Him boldly and more actively in your life. It may seem like we have so much to lose sometimes, but the truth and greatest hope is that we have everything to gain by being a willing, humble vessel unto God.

Yes, and I will rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

-Philippians 1:19-21

Thanks for reading!

 

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In A perfect, sinless world, this task would be a piece of cake.  There would be nothing but peace, joy and unity among us. We would love and respect each other effortlessly. We would place the feelings and needs of others before our own, without even batting an eyelash. We wouldn’t struggle with things like offense, jealousy or bitterness.  But we do not live in a perfect world and we most definitely aren’t perfect people. We fail to treat each other with love and respect all the time. We say goodbye to friendships, stir up gossip, and waste away in our bitterness over petty misunderstandings and silly quarrels. And I know full well that there can be deeper, more painful and very complicated causes for this, too,  but regardless of how little or severe the circumstance, the way we are called to respond does not change.

We are a rotten bunch, and in our own strength, we cannot change the course of this troubling cycle we find ourselves in.  It is only Jesus, His perfection and His righteousness that give us the ability to love, forgive, honor and value others. It’s only by His grace and His power in us that we can rise above our sinful nature, give selfishness, pride and bitterness a knuckle sandwich and serve our brothers and sisters selflessly. Jesus Christ is the only hope we have for loving others deeply and serving them well.

Phillipians 1:9-11 says:

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

This cannot be accomplished by our own will power. We cannot follow through on Paul’s charge to us outside of communion with God and a desire to learn the truth of His Word. When we fail to set our gaze on Christ and all that is of Christ, we fail to possess true wisdom and discernment, leading us down that nasty, selfish and loveless path. We must strive to partake of the bread of life (it’s called that for a reason, folks!) as often as we possibly can. We must daily draw from the well and drink up its living water. Not only to gain more knowledge about Christ, but to apply what we’ve  learned to the way we live every part of our lives and how we treat others.

I couldn’t sleep last night and these were some of the things on my mind. I am daily in need of these reminders and just wanted to share this on the blog in case it hit home for someone else.  Whether you’re battling with hurt, anger, pride, discouragement or even hatred, know that the grace of God is greater than all our sin and it has the power to renew our minds and hearts. He is the true and only one who can save us from our mess, free us from our chains and fill us with a pure, righteous and holy love towards others.

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within

Grace, grace, God’s grace 

Grace that is greater than all our sin

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