So glad you have come by for a visit.
Last week we wrapped up our time with Ms. Micca Campbell and her book, An Untroubled Heart. When I first started the book, my thought was that I was fearless. Tough as nails. I learned much about myself in the weeks of reading together. The only time I lacked fear was when it came to God. I feel I really didn't have the depth of reverance and still don't that I need to have for Him. He deserves my respect. All of it and that is what we learned in Micca's book is called healthy fear.
So, I am learning to apply what I learn which really makes a difference when I do it. Lord knows though that I have a really long ways to go until He has me where He wants me. Rumor has it that it's going to take as long as I'm alive. Bummer.
The last few weeks I flip-flopped of whether I was going to take the summer off from doing a YES to GOD blog study and start back up in the fall. When I decided that I was going to take it off I felt I had made the wrong decision and then started getting e-mails asking about the summer study. So here we are.
Over time I have received many comments about how much grace I show my teenage daughter. The daughter that has made me a Grandma twice over in 14 months time before she turns 20 and I turn 40.
Very sweet comments, but honestly my daughter has not walked around in a gown of grace woven by her grace giving Mother. Instead I would wrap her with grace in my quiet times with God, but face to face has sometimes been a different story.
Somedays, I chose to drape her shoulders with disgust or disappointment. Her same burdened shoulders that were already hoisting Shame into the air. I did anything but consistently embrace my daughter with the grace I gave her glimpses of having for her.
But then it hit me the other day...how can I expect to show my daughter grace and embrace her with grace if I don't embrace it and clothe myself in it?
When in Kansas City visiting Kelley recently, Liz's little book Embrace Grace caught my eye.
Perhaps it was the apples on the cover that made me hungry for this book.
Or maybe it was the title itself and the subtitle that made me toss it in my cart.
I mean what woman with a past as ugly as mine wouldn't want a book on her shelf that says
Welcome to the Forgiven Life.
He is waiting for you to embrace Him in return. To accept
the gift He's offering you. To listen for the whispered words
you've longed a lifetime to hear:
You are loved. All is forgiven.
This is just what I need this summer.
3 questions at the end of each chapter.
145 short pages.
Join me this summer as I learn to embrace the grace that God has for me. For you.
I know I interfere a lot with the work God is doing in my life and yet my desire really is for God to be completely unleashed to have His perfect way in and through me.
So Lord, this invitation is extended first and foremost to You, my King.
Please join me next Tuesday, June 23rd as I dive into Liz's penned walk of her heart with You. Teach me so that I can pass what I learn on to my daughter. So I can teach her how to embrace the grace You have for her also. And that when You say I have plans for you , that means her too. Plans I hope she'll give You permission to live out within in her when her head isn't hanging from shame.
If you are planning on joining me next week for the summer YES to GOD study then grab the book, order the book or borrow the book, but don't steal the book because that just wouldn't be godly.
Have chapter 1 read by next Tuesday, June 23rd so we can discuss it right here.
I'm excited about what I think won't be a "deep" summer study.
Somehow, I think God has something else up His holy sleeve.
Sign up below if you plan to join me in discussing Liz Curtis Higgs' book, Embrace Grace.
Here is an e-mail from Ms. Higgs' that I wanted to share with you. I was blessed she took the time to get back with me when I let her know her book is the one for the next YES to GOD study.
I am THRILLED, DELIGHTED, and OVERJOYED that you are going to be discussing Embrace Grace beginning Tuesday, June 23rd! It is truly a book of my heart, and one I hope will speak to the hearts of those in your online group.
I would be happy to stop by on the 23rd if you'll just tell me how to do that. :>)
Please give everyone a HUGE cyber-hug for me!
Your sister in Christ,