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Forgetting Grace

It’s been one of those days and I’m scrambling for a solution.  Isn’t there a book I can read with a formula I can use to fix this?
I steam inside.
How did we become this?  What did I do/not do/forget to do that allowed all this to be?
I always seem to think that more information will solve the problems.
But life is not lived out in formulas and equations, and in real life there are more recipes that fail because I am always trying to fix heart issues with ‘just the right ingredients’.
Add a little of this, use less of that, try this new miracle formula…and voila!
Same problems, different flavor.
There is nothing on the internet today that will fix the problems in my heart.
There is no earthly book, no potion, no method or manipulation that will solve this lack of grace.
I just need Jesus.
And what more do they  need?  More law, because that really worked for me?
Not so much.
They need a mom who’s been washed, washed, and washed again and once and for all, because sin is a daily battle and grace covers it.
The one encouragement that we can always give our children (and one another) is that God is more powerful than our sin, and He’s strong enough to make us want to do the right thing.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick, Give Them Grace
We are all people with problems, living with people with problems.  There is so much room for grace here, so much gospel to be lived out.
But when we forget grace and use methods instead, we sleep with elephants on our chest because we fail, I fail.
I have this Hero and He won me with grace.  He’ll win their hearts, too.
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9 thoughts on “Forgetting Grace

  1. “There is nothing on the internet today that will fix the problems in my heart. There is no earthly book, no potion, no method or manipulation that will solve this lack of grace.”

    Thank you for speaking truth. His grace is sufficient!
    Anna

  2. Oh dear. I’ve had too many nights with elephants on my chest, great illustration! Thank you for sharing.

  3. we are people with problems living with people with problems…and there is a lot of room for grace…so true…and a powerful realization that is humbling…and i think helps us find that grace as well…

  4. Love this. Parenting is hard. It’s so difficult to see the big picture when they’re in front of you, making you wild.

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