All of us have things in our lives that keep us from the change God desires for us. Then how do we overcome these habits, addictions, thoughts, behaviors …?
We are transformed, changed when we ask God to help us know what is good, acceptable, and perfect in every situation we encounter. When He answers, and He will answer, we must follow through in obedience to His Word and His Will.
It’s all about grace! God wants us to come to Him in every situation that threatens to ruin us. He wants to guide us in all that is causing us to fall short. His grace, forgiveness, and never-ending love are ours. We only need to let Him in.
It’s all about grace! We’ve done nothing to deserve grace. He just gives it. It’s part of who He is.
Abba, Father, forgive us when we fall short. Give usstrength to make the changes You want. Shower us with Your grace!
I’ve been enjoying reading through a devotional that really isn’t a devotional. Does that make sense? Not really, but yes, it does. Always We Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley is a series of short essays on the many ways we start over every day of our lives. They’re not only relatable short stories but they include a guided writing prompt that can help each reader deal with their own beginnings.
Here’s what I’ve learned, am learning or have found to be true:
The profound yet simple concept that we are constantly starting over is part of daily life.
God speaks to us in many ways during our stressful, busy days. Focusing on the issue of the moment, with God as our partner, until we discover the way through, will help calm our minds and lead to a solution.
We are held securely in God’s arms. No matter the circumstances He keeps holding on.
There are multiple opportunities in our days and lives to begin again, to start over. Just as the sun rises new each day it also sets and gives us the opportunity to rest and reflect.
We are all addicts of some sort. Here’s the thing, we can’t pretend to have conquered the problem. Whether we eat, drink, spend, talk, criticize, complain… too much or too little, it can be controlled through God’s grace and our willingness to take each day as it is.
One of the things I really liked about this book is each short essay/story is simply numbered but not dated. That way if I don’t read it each day I don’t have the pressure of being behind or having to catch up.
This collection is relatable and encouraging. It is reassuring and supportive. There is hope woven throughout its pages. Thank you, Leeana Tankersley, for writing and sharing.
Best quote from the book: “Growth and healing start by giving ourselves the permission to pursue them. If we aren’t willing to show up and participate, then chances are, our souls will be lost on some level. And chances are, it will affect the people who want to share life with us.” (pg. 210)
Blessings to you and yours!
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