I read a parenting book that left me thinking about grace.
“The most distinguishing part of the Christian faith is grace — that wonderful gift offered by God to underserving people like you and me that makes us fall in love with the Savior.” — Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting
I caught a line in a song.
“Why are you striving these days? Why are you trying to earn grace?” — Tenth Avenue North, By Your Side
I stumbled upon a blog where every post seems to stir my soul. And she wrote a whole series on grace. And she just wrote a book about grace. (It was the first book I ever pre-ordered. And it’s good. Really, really good.)
“But I’m learning. And the learning isn’t a teeth-gritting, white-knuckled kind of learning. It is perhaps the opposite kind of learning from what we are used to in this world. It is an upside-down learning. Rather than trying harder, grace is learned best when we begin to trust, to really believe God when he says this grace life is not your own doing, it is my gift to you.” —Emily P. Freeman, Chatting at the Sky
And I heard the whisper of a verse that would not leave me alone.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
Sometimes you try hard to think of a word for a year like discipline or balance because they are good words and things to strive for.
And sometimes a word just finds you. Kind of like grace.