One of my son’s vocabulary words this week is “sentimental”.
As the hormotional component in this marital equation, I could wax sentimental about A Lot Of Things, but I’ll spare you.
Instead, my mind instantly went to the fresh new ways God has shed His abundant grace on me, lately. So. Many. Ways.
I blew it, and big, this very week, in fact.
And, once again, El-Channun (the Gracious God) showed up. And big!
I committed to being a part of an amazing team of women with servant’s hearts and a willingness to do a Great Thing each day, online. As a member of this team, my commitment required one time slot over each of four days, over the course of a few months, to do my part in this Thing.
For the last few weeks, I dropped the ball.
And my gracious Team Leader covered my shifts.
I told her and myself, “I will not drop the ball again!”. And I meant it.
But I did.
And the guilt I felt as I heaped ashes on my head.
- Letting someone I care about down.
- Not keeping my word.
- My inability to be consistent now revealed
I let my mistakes become monumental in my mind.
But she poured out grace, instead. God showered me in grace through her.
- Recognition and praise
- No condemnation
- Love poured out
In this final week of my time studying A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, I came across a couple of words, mid-sentence on page 200 that spoke right into my heart:
He cannot love me more. Tears wash my dirty cheeks as I realize, afresh, how very much this God I long to be more like, loves me. Despite myself.
He loves me no less for the times I snap at the ones I love. Or whisper wrongly. Or step forward too quickly. There is nothing I’ve done, not a thing, that He didn’t already know. There’s not a single thoughtless word or deed that He didn’t already willingly agree to be nailed to the cross for.
God’s love is bigger.
And that is something to get sentimental about!
Thank you for joining me on this journey through “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope. Please consider joining us over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ next Online Bible Study of “Made To Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst, beginning January 19th. Sign ups are here. If you’d like to read some of the other thoughts participants had on these final chapters of “A Confident Heart”, please click the button below.