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Grace

{new dress that was on crazy-clearance at TJ Maxx. It was a size medium so I sewed it up to a small :-) The lace on the top has gold threads through it!)

I've been thinking about grace lately. 
I've been having some hard thoughts about grace lately. 
We talk a lot about seeking grace (an unmerited pardoning of our transgression or shortcoming).
But we seem to think that grace just IS and it's always there and it's free and we can take as much as we need for every little thing. 

{Who needs a wind machine when you've got the real thing?!}

Which is mostly true. Grace is free and available to us. But I don't want us to forget that it was not free for God. God? Yeah, He PAID that price. He sent His only son to DIE on the cross for us. 
And to rise again. 
That is the reason we have grace. 
Grace is powerful. 
Grace should be transformative in our lives. 


So here's what I propose: instead of shouting "grace" over ourselves, let's not claim grace without going to the GIVER of GRACE and being on our knees before Him for a moment. 
Isn't that the point of grace?
To point us back to God?
To be grace-filled by the giver of all good things, so that we, too, may go out into the world and give grace to others. 

{now I've got the doxology in my head. anyone else? #praiseGodfromwhomallblessingsflow}

Your thoughts on grace?

xo
Natalie

2 comments:

Sarah Knepper said...

Love your outfit, love the message and I love your heart! Grace is a gift but God paid the ultimate price and it's incredible he loves me and you enough to give it to us. Beautiful my friend!!

xoxox

Natalie said...

Thanks, friend! Back atya :-)

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