Archive for February, 2013

Living On Purpose

I have a friend who said she was gonna try something new every month in 2013, so, of course, I jumped on the wagon and decided to do the same. I figured it would help me be more intentional about the year…so i don’t look up in November and wonder “where did the year go?”  You know…make every day count, or at least every month.

So in January, I attended a Zumba class because I’ve always wanted to try that…it looks fun and the folks (mostly women 😉 ) look awesome shakin’ their booties! But, I like to say that I’m more of a “freestyle” dancer—basically, I’m just incapable of copying someone else’s moves….I was a train wreck (my mom went with me and can verify my story) but I had a really great time and burned tons of calories! It seems like there was one other new thing in January, but since its already the end of February, I’ve forgotten what it was. Oh, wait, I know…we hosted exchange students from S.Korea. That was new and fun!

In February, I’ve done more than one new thing (which I’m actually trying NOT to do since I don’t want to run out of things by the end of the year!). I made my own laundry soap because my sister did and I thought it was a great idea. So far I like it! It is super cheap and I LOVE the idea that I know exactly what is in it. WIN-WIN!  Also in February, I learned a new song on the guitar and finally learned how to play and sing at the same time–which is harder than it looks. I tried an acorn squash… And the waffle breakfast sandwich from Jack in the Box. It was amazing. 😀   There’s one more thing that was brand new in February, but I’ll save that for it’s own post.

Here’s a fascinating picture of the acorn squash…before I cooked it, and after, stuffed with taco meat and cheese.

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Grace Really is Amazing

Grace–a freely offered gift.

Right now, grace is still an afterthought, or at least a 2nd thought. My first thoughts are automatic, pathways created in my brain by years of habit and consistency. Making snap judgments about situations or people based on what I see with just my eyes.

Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. I Sam 16:7

For grace to be possible, I give up my right to be right. To believe the best in others. To remember that I never have all the information. And that, above all, love and acceptance is far more powerful than judgement and condemnation.

Lord, let me be known by the grace I give.

Extending Grace

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions…You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.  Mark 7:8-9

In these verses, Jesus is condemning the Pharisees for being more worried rules and traditions than the heart of Jesus. Well…me too, sometimes…”Christians” have rules, standards, and morals that we adhere to–and rightly so I imagine.  Purity is important. Reputation is important. But GRACE…GRACE, I would argue, is more important.

Grace.  Undeserved favor.  As in, I don’t deserve forgiveness, but because of grace, it’s mine if I choose.

Grace.  Fully accepting other people just as they are. No judgement or condemnation. No deciding that what someone else chooses is “unacceptable” or wrong.

Grace.  Loving others (the command of God spoken of in Mark 7:9) instead of worrying about right or wrong.

Grace.  Believing that every person deserves love and acceptance(whether or not they are currently behaving in a lovable way)

Grace.   My goal for 2013.  To extend grace. Every day. It’s mucho difficult for a legalistic, conservative, uptight person like myself.  Only by His grace, I will show grace to others.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Col 3:12