What is grace upon grace?
I am super duper passionate about encouraging people. My deepest desire is to encourage you. Yes, YOU.
Through this blog, my heart’s desire is:
to be authentic.
No “put-on-a-happy-face-and-pretend-everything-is-okay”. Just realness (is that a word?). Because people are encouraged to know they aren’t the only ones who struggle. I won’t pretend I have it all together. Actually, I desperately need Jesus to save me from myself and my absent-mindedness and selfishness and pride and hormones and self-condemnation and insecurities and discontentment and, and, and….and my guess is that you do too. We’re in this together.
to speak truth.
Not my truth. God’s truth, from His Word. No fluffy “God wants you to be happy” stuff, but the truth that will nourish you and set you free (John 8:32). I want to love you enough to point you to the Living Water that will cause you to never thirst again. The world of self-help and self-esteem can’t do that for you. Jesus alone can.
to point to Jesus.
Because EVERYTHING is always ALL about Him. Jesus is everything. And I want us to really see Him and know Him and love Him and worship Him. In everything. In the mundane, in the dark moments, in the joys and in the trials. And I want us to love HIM, and not merely His benefits and blessings. To worship Him and not His creation. To cast aside mere “religious duties”, and enjoy a loving, intimate relationship with the God of the Universe!
to remind you of the gospel.
Because the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just for people who don’t know Him. It’s for believers, too, because we so quickly forget the good news! When we forget the gospel, we fall into despair and frustration and pride and overwhelm. We need to be reminded that we no longer need to feel shame because He bore our shame on the cross. That He paid the FULL PENALTY for our sin, so He has no need to punish us any more for our sin. That we don’t need to manipulate God into loving us because He already loves us, in Christ. That because He has graciously forgiven even our most shameful of sins, we are free to forgive others. When we keep the gospel central in our lives, we are better able to love and obey and worship Him out of joy and not obligation.
to remind you of your identity in Christ.
Because we ALL TOO OFTEN believe the lie that our identity is in our parenting, our appearance, our productivity, our success, the beauty of our homes, our possessions, our goodness, or in what others think of us. It’s an exhausting, never-ending, rat-race that eats us alive. But when we live out of our identity in Christ, we are free to enjoy God and love others. We are no longer driven to use people or possessions or successes to make us feel better about ourselves. (And really, it never worked anyway, right??)
Oh, friend, I pray for you. I really do. I pray this blog will be a safe place for you to feel welcomed and loved, no matter what. I pray that God’s grace would dazzle you into a sweet, intimate relationship with Him. I pray that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God”(Ephesians 3:17-19).
Overall, I want us to walk together, growing in Christ and coming to know Him more. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
With His Grace,