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The Mercy Equals All Grace Equation

The Mercy and Grace Equation for our daily promise!

I’ve been studying a lot in 1 Peter lately and I keep coming back to the very first chapter, it’s so loaded with promise and it feels like the beginning of a manual for what’s about to be the give and take of a heightened relationship with the Father.

So I need to share it with you.

It reads like the very best soul-food one could ever need, with the promise of unlimited supply, and this makes my dysthymic brain relieved!!!

What could be better than being promised that no matter what your brain would like to convince you of, He has always had mercy, hope, rest, and grace ready for you. We simply have to receive it.

1 Peter 1:3 starts:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according┬áto His {abundant mercy} has begotten us again to a {living hope} through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation revealed in the end….”

and down to verse 13…

“… therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and {rest your hope fully upon the grace} that is to be brought to you through the revelation of Christ!….”

His mercy abundantly given to us, transforms our hope, then lets that hope fully rest in the assurance of His grace at the ready for all time!

People.

Let that get you through today.

His mercy spawns hope, and that hope can be our rest, and resting there ensures unlimited grace.

His mercy spawns hope, and that hope can be our rest, and resting there ensures unlimited grace. Click To Tweet

Boom.
Mic drop.

So how do we receive it?

First, chose to let go of what you think it is you need from Him.

We lay aside what we think we need, and instead ask Him to fill every inch of us with what He knows we need.

Next, we trust that He will work in us, whether our circumstances look like He is or not. It’s that trust that invites us to rest in the hope offered. It’s how we anchor our faith to something solid yet supernatural. We cling with our whole being to the promise.

Finally, we start to move forward into expecting. If He says He has abundant mercy, then look for it! If He’s promising we have grace being readied for it, let’s open up clenched and anxious hands and anticipate His glorious grace! If He says we can rest weary souls there, for goodness sake let’s drop it all right there, and feel our need lifted and replaced with His gracious provision.

I first posted the short version of this to Facebook, but can I be honest? I want to make sure all my subscribers get this soul-boost today too.

So here we are. And man, I needed this for my weary battered wobbly soul even now.

Let’s let this fuel us, heart and soul, for the rest of the day.

His giving of mercy now, results in His supply of grace for all time. Click To Tweet

His giving of mercy now, results in His supply of grace for all time.

His holy equation of tender love.

Mercy plus Hope times Rest equals all Grace for all time.

He has amazing things for us. Let’s receive.


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More- Five Minute Friday

When You’re Afraid to Hope For More.

Today's #FIveMinuteFriday post prompt is More... but what about when you're afraid to hope for more?

Yay! It’s another #FiveMinuteFriday day and I’m so glad to see you here! The #fmf is when we write for only five minutes freely based on a prompt, but when 5 minutes is up, we stop. If you’d like to know more, please visit Kate Motaung’s page here. Today’s word- prompt is *more*.

{And… go.}

Sometimes I’m afraid to hope for more. Which probably seems odd coming from a believer, but it’s true.

Lately my chronic D has been less active than usual. This is good, right?

And I know this is because of my insistence on creating a life built around rest, self-care, prayer, and being fully aware of my own triggers and stressors and eliminating them from my day-to-day. I have been very deliberate about this, and for whatever reason, I’m seeing the result of feeling like myself for a while.

It’s the “for a while” part that’s daunting.

I’d like more.

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Don’t Miss Who We Have Been Given

Every once in a while, I come across a scripture I grapple with.

Rubs me the wrong way.

Especially when that same scripture is applied by sweet and lovely people who think repeating it to you will make everything right. And you try to appreciate their words but in your head you just wish they really knew your battle better.

And trust me, I’m preaching to the choir here, I’ve done it too. Maybe we can start a new initiative? Never quote scripture at someone unless you have the time to really sit down and fellowship with it right into that person’s life and mess?

I know, I’m totally rambling. It’s just that kind of day.

So here’s the scripture that has started this whole rambly blog post.

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The Reality Is…

The Positive Reality Inside Depression

It’s Depression Awareness Month and I’d like us to go on a journey together. You see, I love a road trip as much as the next person. And on this road trip the purpose is to make four pit stops between the start and the end of our tour.

Now maybe you don’t live with a mood disorder, or mental health issue. But I bet within your very close circle of peeps you have someone who is. Who maybe hasn’t even known how to tell anyone. And you need to know how to be supportive and versed in what the reality looks like for anyone who navigates depression in all its various forms.

Over the next four weeks I’d like to journey through four themes with you.

Week 1 – The Reality
Week 2 – The Lifeline
Week 3 – The Tools
Week 4 – The Hope

I’m so excited to explore each of these with you. Many of you sent me questions and suggestions for topics to cover while on this journey and I want you to know I’m including every one.

So kicking off this week… The Reality. What’s your reality this week? What are going to be your highs and lows? What’s pressing in on you and what are you relying on? What are you avoiding and what are you needing faith for?

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