I am thankful. I am thankful for grace.
Because I think a thousand “shoulds” a
I should sweep the floor.
I should start dinner.
I should make my bed.
I should sit and snuggle my sick 10 year old.
I should feed the pets.
I should fold some laundry.
I should return those movies.
I should sit down and write.
One thousand shoulds a second all competing for now.
Grace is the only thing that can put a should in it’s place.
Grace is what enables me to change my shoulds to coulds.
I knew all this a few months ago.
But somehow through the course of time I’ve forgotten what I knew.
The shoulds have regained their power over me.
And a thousand times a second I feel like I’m failing at something.
Grace has left the building.
But I know grace is within my reach again.
I know God longs to bathe me in it,
and clothe me in it.
And all I have to do is be-loved and let Him.
Still, this is hard for me.
I’ve forgotten much of what I’d learned in my
Year of Grace.
Last year I read this amazing book, Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman.
Starting next week, May 31st, Emily will be hosting a book club/discussion via her
blog, Chatting at the Sky. You can learn more by signing up for Emily’s newsletter.
Be sure to check the box for Grace for the Good Girl – Summer 2012.
Are you being bombarded with a thousand shoulds?
Reach for grace. Because grace promises that the only thing we should do is be loved.
Grace = Freedom from Should.
Father in Heaven, thank you for your amazing, unimaginable grace. Thank you for freedom from all the should-dos, should-thinks, and should-bes. Thank you for being big enough to cover all my shortcomings. Because I have a lot of shortcomings. And no amount of doing on my part is ever going to cover them. You are a good God. In Jesus name, amen.