Today's Devotional Thought
August 07, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Grace: I Can't Live Without It
Sometimes, I will read one of the devotions we have written in the past and it will stop me dead in my tracks. Tears well up in my eyes as my own words pierce my soul and speak right to where I am that day. That happened yesterday with the following devotion. It is just from a few months ago, but God brought it back to my attention and through it, he spoke right into something I was dealing with. It was powerful to me and I want to share it with you today...
I don't know about you, but I stumble more times in my day than I would like to admit.
A complaining thought.
A terse word sent out of my mouth and into the airspace before I can stop it.
A moment of doubt over something I know the Lord has promised me.
A selfish sentiment concerning something I wish I would receive.
Sound familiar? I suspect that I am not alone in my stumblings. And, I suspect I am also not alone in my striving to overcome these.
But girlfriends, it is hard work.
And it is hard work covered in grace.
When I decided to follow Jesus with my whole heart, I tackled it like everything else in my life. I wanted to do it to the best of my ability. All in. 100%. Perfect Jesus girl.
Don't shake your head.
You don't have to because I am shaking it for you. I know what you are thinking - there is no such thing as a perfect Jesus girl.
And I would have to agree with you.
But early on, I thought that I could work hard enough, pray hard enough, and read my Bible enough to follow Jesus perfectly.
But I failed. And, it made me feel really disappointed in myself. And I was convinced that God was disappointed in me.
I had to come to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect Jesus girl.
What there is, although, is a Jesus girl covered in perfect grace.
As I have grown in the Lord, I have just fallen in love with Jesus' love and his grace for me. Much like the grace he showed to Peter as he was growing in Him, I believe with my whole heart that Jesus showers us with grace as we stumble forward in growth in our lives with him. I believe that if we are earnest in following him, we will always be seeking new ways to grow in him. And, it seems that in each season of life there is a new piece of my character or a new opportunity that he has for me to grow in. And that growth always involves missteps. Growth always does. But that growth is also always covered in perfect grace. A grace that is indescribably beautiful and strengthens me as I walk this journey of life.
I have a few people in my life that shower me with that grace too. And to them, I say thank you. I know that my journey towards completion is paved with endless grace...from Jesus and from those walking this path with me. And I know that I simply could not live without that grace.
Friends, as you journey through life and earnestly strive to follow Jesus with your whole heart, please know that you will make mistakes. But also know that you serve a loving God who has covered your stumblings and your sins with grace. And find strength in that grace to keep walking forward on this path that leads to him.
Grow sweet friends. But also receive grace in the growth and encourage someone else too with the endless grace from above.