Monday, February 13, 2012

Just So Happens

I'm a girl with a past. Who isn't right? But I'm talkin a lot of tough, difficult, ugly stuff. I've had extensive experience with grace. I don't think I could function without it. God has met me in so many places, and covered me, oh so gently, oh so beautifully in His ever lovin grace. I like to think of it as an Umbrella.
Being under the Umbrella of God's grace means I am fully protected. That's right. That means I can face my past, my baggage, my ugliness, and my mistakes....all of it because I stand under the umbrella of that grace.
It doesn't mean I have an excuse to do what ever I feel like it, it means I embrace my flaws, and the glitches in my soul because there is something bigger than those. There is something bigger than me that says, "it's ok, everyone falls short, every soul has it's glitches, everyone has a past and every human needs grace, so every human needs an umbrella." Grace is God saying, "it's ok, I love you anyway, no matter what you've done or where you've been. I know it all anyway, I promise it's safe under my umbrella." {ok, now I feel like I'm singing a Rihanna song} 
I know I am reaching for an Umbrella all throughout my day!

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.2 Corinthians 12:9

Hearing the message of Grace is what made me love God in the first place. I mean really God, me? You love me? I can relate to some extent to the Women at The Well,  and the prostitute that washed Jesus' feet with her hair and perfume. Grace is God saying, you're safe with me, no matter what. And He keeps extending that grace as we keep trying to figure this life out and as He keeps shaping our hearts and lives. This is why it's so crucial to extend the umbrella of grace to others. Because it's extended to us.

Who do you need to give an umbrella to today? This week? 

Grace Laced Mondays


HopeUnbroken said...

beautiful promises shared this day! you speak of just. what's. on. my. mind. :-)
grace. every day. and it is sufficient for me.
fill me, O God, and help me receive it as well as extend it.
happy monday!

N. said...

Well written post! Liked the analogy of the umbrella. :)

Anna said...

Your blog is such a wonderful well of positivism and inspiration. It's feels good to read sometimes! I have been trying to make my blog entirely complain free and I think I had adjusted my thinking thereby in a more positive direction as well.

Vic said...

this is beyond beautiful and what better way to start our week knowing that our God loves us unconditionally! love, love, love!:) i stand under this umbrella too! thank you doll...enjoy the week ahead! xoxo

Emily Rose said...

Such a beautiful post...You are an incredible writer!

Amy said...

Such beautiful words. I too am always amazed how God gives us that umbrella! ( i love the image you have painted)
Our past forms us, and helps us to reach others that we would have been unable to reach and share His love for us with. Thats how i feel anyway, so no matter how ugly our past is.... We can be so thankful for the grace he provides us to live today. thanks for sharing. You are a blessing.

Natalie said...

Beautiful post! Kind reminds me of the story of Ruth. She had a past yet God and Boaz covered her with their "wing" much like the umbrella analogy you used! =D Loved it!

Michelle @ The Willing Cook said...

As I was just writing my post today about grace, I was distracted my daughter. I did not extend grace to her. I knew it too and it instantly pierced me. How can I talk about grace, receive grace, be a lover of grace, yet not extend it? Oh, Lord, help me to spread your grace to all those around me.

Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

Oh this post couldn't have come at a better time. I need to find a way to extend grace to one of my best friends and her fiance`. He is so quick to judge and hate and I worry about her marrying someone like that.

Julie Marie said...

i love this.. sharing this

ruth@gracelaced said...

Our God is truly a shelter from the storms of life. Thank you for sharing, Gina!

Sarah B. said...

I've never heard the term "soul glitch" before, but I totally love it. God's grace is amazing! Definitely an undeserved gift that I'm also oh-so thankful for. Good thing God takes prayers as thank you cards, because I forgot the address to Heaven. ;)

What a lovely post, Gina.

memory said...

Love this reminder to share grace and be the grace. It's so hard to share the grace sometimes. But your encouragement helps me to know that just as God has shared grace with me, I can share it with others too. <3


Rachael said...

I agree that this is a really crucial life lesson. My past and my past relationships have not been without flaw or error but I strive every day to be a better person. Part of that, is being less judgmental of others, it reminds me of the phrase 'Never judge a person until you have walked two moons in their shoes' or something like that! Rx