Linking with these 2 communities:
“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
"We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5Update: 2nd publisher meeting went FANTASTIC! She requested the manuscript and is really excited about the topic!
|This might be me tomorrow during my publisher appointments!|
"The gospel of grace fights every piece of pride in us. When God gives us grace, he is also taking something from us. He takes our control." (p. 27)I'm still processing this, but I'm taking this to mean that when we are armed with God's grace, the resulting fruit is a state of surrender. His very presence has the power to affect us so greatly that the only things we see are through His eyes. He is our filter and we have a clarity that is not marred by our own twisted perspectives. For example, when I seek to control my husband out of fear that he will engage in porn, I find myself in a state of anxiety. When I am anxious, I am much more likely to fall into other bad habits, such as comparing myself to others, being judgmental, and feeding my pride. In this state, I see his potential to sin, his potential to hurt me. I become defensive, thus fighting AGAINST him instead of FOR him. If I continue to view him this way, I lose sight of the entirety of his person and there is no way I can treat him with grace. Frankly, I end up treating him as a child, which does absolutely no good for our relationship. But, if I am armed with God's grace, I see my husband as God sees him and I am able to see myself with clarity, too -- we are both sinners whose have great potential to flourish under God's redemption.
I should...Did it sound like one of these:
I should lose some weight. I shouldn't eat that brownie. I should read this book. Try this work out. Eat this super food. Pray more. Pray harder. Be better. Stronger. More resilient. More faithful.There are some good truths here. Prayer is never a bad idea. Loving ourselves enough to steward our bodies is sound stewardship. Learning to try new things, stretching our minds and hearts and boundaries can only bring wisdom and broaden our scope. This is to be encouraged.