I Need Grace Because

I am impatient and irritable.
I need grace because I do not listen,
therefore I may not understand.
I need grace because I am forgetful
and that can affect people.
I need grace because 
I love, hoping to be loved in return.
I need grace because 
I interrupt and don't let you finish. I am more concerned about
what I want to say.
I need grace  because I boast.
I need grace because I am vain and care about clothes too much.
I need grace because I won't love you
because you didn't love me.
I need grace because I think about myself too much and I am on Earth
to serve others before myself.
I need grace because I try to control the life around me, 
and life rarely goes as planned and
what would I learn from a smoothly running life anyway?
I need grace because I didn't feed the homeless or invite a stranger
over for a meal.
I need grace because my tone was rude and I hurt someone
and their spirit shut down.
I need grace because I have envied.
I need grace because I can be defensive, cold, and bitter, 
and these things do not breed life and love.
I need grace to melt away any old trait that is 
not really me, but just a lacking, broken version of me.
It's not me, or who I was created to be, it's how I react and behave sometimes.
These glitches will not hold me down, or define me.
They are a cover up to something deeper that says:
"I'm sad"
"I'm afraid"
"I'm hurting"
"I'm tired"--
that's all I'm really trying to express
and grace knows it.
Sunday evening coffee down the road with my husband.

I wrote this on a post-it note and laid it on top of a piece of vintage fabric. I put it through instagram, and then through a filter on my computer called Pixlr-o-matic that I just love using. This is what I ended up with.

Grace Laced Mondays


Sarah B. said…
I am guilty of all of these as well, some more than others. I've found myself needing more and more of God's grace these past several weeks. I don't know what I'd do without it! Thanks for posting this, Gina. It really reminded me of how we are all human and only He is perfect, but we must keep striving to be more like Him. :)
I need grace because I am human.. that sums it up pretty well I guess ;)


Lauren said…
You are ever inspiring. x
Jen said…
If it makes you feel any better, I can relate to all your needs for Grace too. They can all apply to me. They must be universal.;)Great post!
Desiree said…
I needed to read this. <3 and I love pixlromatic... its the best thing since sliced white bread! its amazing how someone else writes something at the time that you need to see it... thats what I love about this little blogging community and the lovely women I have met here.. <3

I was wondering why you maybe hadn't been commenting... but I recently changed my link to theprincessandthepolish.blogspot.com without realizing that it wouldn't update in my followers feeds! You'll need to click my new link and re-follow me.. :) its been such a mess! So sorry to even have to notify you of this! its rather embarrassing.
Ruth@GraceLaced said…
Praise the Lord, there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus! We are a new creation...not because we do not struggle with the flesh any longer but because the Cross frees us from the enslavement of these things and gives us hope for being more like Him. Grace indeed!
Mary said…
love this reminder.
it's really on a minute by minute basis over here. ;)
thank God for His new mercies each day, and grace that abounds, where sin once did stain!
what a very beautiful post. we all can take a lesson from it and to have more grace, and to not be boastful!
xo TJ
Sarah said…
That's so cool you'll be up in this area! So does he work at the Google in Irvine? I'm so jealous you'll be visiting San Fran. I'm getting so big that long drives and long walks in places like San Fran seems a bit much for me now lol.

- Sarah
vintch said…
like erika said, amen to everything. you are such an inspiration.
hannah singer said…
for his grace, because we ALL need it.
love your points here, many could have been written by me.
you are a vessel, friend. press on. xo
love this, gina. so genuine and lovely. thank you for sharing your heart.
Darby said…
Gina I love this post! You are such a genuine person and I love your honesty!
Anonymous said…
These are manifestations that we are not perfect and sinners. Only God can save us. I miss these inspiring posts of yours Gina! For my comeback post, I tagged you to some questions on my blog... check it out!
Stela said…
beautiful post
Anonymous said…
This is beautiful and exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you
Farrah said…
So honest Gina, thank you for sharing. Definitely relate to this! "I need grace because
I interrupt and don't let you finish. I am more concerned about
what I want to say."
Nelle said…
I feel you. I've sheepishly admitted before that when in my selfish moments, I can view conversation as waiting for others stop talking so I can get to the important stuff. Ahh thank God for his generous grace!

I like your thoughts about you sometimes being not the real you. I try to remember 'He makes me me' - we become more what God intends us to be as we move closer to him.
ashley.warner said…
oh my word!
please become a motivational speaker! or write a book!

you INSPIRE ME to be better!!!!!

xo - ashley

Grace Grace God's Grace!! Wonderful post. We are all on this journey, putting to death the old man...and in the mean time relying on God's Grace.
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