“I just try to love and serve everyone, and bring everyone water, and lend an ear; that’s what Jesus said to do.”

Anne Lamott

Happy Friday Dear Readers!

I’m exhaling this early morning, sun streaming through water drops leftover from last nights rain. Droplets hang on yellow blooms. Can I tell you, it’s been a hard week? One of fatigue and gripping pain. These are the days I quiet myself, listen to my body, rest, listen to podcasts, and read

Many of you are right here with me, journeying thru your wilderness as I make my way through my own. I’m wondering how you might be today. Are you exhaling a long week of hard? I think of you, care about you, pray for you. I would love to hear from you. How you are, your struggles, your pain? How I might serve you, meet you, in this place. Connect with me here

I have several appointments today, a date with my Sweet Man, lunch with our dearest friends. I’m celebrating Friday, joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday, writing on a one word prompt. 

I hope you will join us!

Today’s word, should

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My first thought was of Paul. Paul, who encountered Jesus, and was radically transformed. His words in Romans 7:15&16.

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.”  The Message 

Should brings to mind the things I should have done. Things, I should not have done. The bitter bile of regret immediately snakes it’s way around me. Squeezing.

I wrangle the enemy, taking my thoughts captive to Christ. (2Corinthians 10:5) Treasuring words in Psalms 103:8-12.

“God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.”
The Message
The should have’s and should have not’s lead me back to grace.
Sheer mercy and grace.
The regrets, I leave them behind, let them go, step into the place of His rich love. It. Is. Home. It’s rest for my weary soul, rest for your weary soul.
The place of abiding in Him. It. Is. Home.
casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you
1Peter 5:7 (CSB)

PS: I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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PSS: I took a trip home some weeks ago, set on a pew, danced in the midst of grief and joy. Gaping holes were filled with how to #live inspired.

In case you missed it, you can read about it here

Gifts of Grace