We live in this world that just is constantly on the ‘go, go, go’ and it doesn’t really seem to slow down. It’s hard to live a slow quiet life, when you feel like you HAVE to keep going or you won’t be able to keep up with it all. But what if I told you God didn’t send His Son Jesus to make life full of stress and anxiety and constant exhaustion? What if I told you that the GRACE based lifestyle is so much more worth it than always going?
Lately, instead of thinking that i just need to take a vacation so I can JUMP back into it, I’m going slower.
What does that pace of grace look like?
It looks like a slow 2 hour morning with listening to a sermon, chewing breakfast slowly, and going on a SLOW walk.
It looks like not RUNNING around the house trying to make sure everything is done.
It looks like saying, ‘No’ to things like gardening that I used to do, because I can’t do it with everything else on the plate.
It looks like spending time writing instead of cooking more food.
Sometimes it looks like baking or making treats like these cashew butter chocolate eggs that Ashley posted.
It looks like NOT trying to keep up with another person’s workout schedule.
These are just a few of the ways of living in the GRACE that God has given me; it’s not about being ‘enough’ or meriting God’s love through Jesus Christ to me. He has already loved me, and I could have never merited it. I could have never been good enough for Him. But His grace is on me. I can do things out of that sweet motivation of grace, instead of frantic worry and anxiety.
It’s made me appreciate the moments with my family more. God has used this grace pace to help me SMILE more, laugh more, and cuddle more with the dogs instead of always expecting the dogs to ‘perfectly obey’, the house to be ‘perfectly clean’, every relationship to be ‘without mess.’
This grace pace can be messy, because I am still a sinner that needs more sanctification. I daily need that washing of Jesus’ blood over my soul, mind, body, and heart. I daily need that renewal of the mind, to remind me that I NEED God’s grace, and without it I would be absolutely nothing.
There are certain people who have really really impressed this on my mind and heart. Some blog. Some don’t. Some are precious women who go to our church.
One of them is a woman named Mrs. F, the mother of sweet little Lion Hearted Charlie, who went to be with Jesus last year.
One of them is my own mother who is constantly stepping back and assessing how she can care for her own spiritual well being and physical well being, walking in grace, and one of the most hopeful women I know.
Another is Robyn. Robyn is a GO-getter. I can tell this by reading her blog, seeing her grow her business, but I also know that she is good at stepping back, checking out of social media, not writing a blog post when she doesn’t have the material, and doing things out of a ‘want to’ instead of a ‘have to.‘
Still another woman that I LOVE who takes the time to read books, to savor God’s gifts of furry puppies, times with her daddy, times of devotions and hand lettering is Rebecca.
My greatest hope is that I can more and more savor the beauty of this verse. 1 Thessalonians 4:11, ‘and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,’
Thank you sweet Jamie for the link-up today!
Who else wants to live that more grace paced, living under grace life?
Are you a go, go, go person? Has that changed over the years?