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You Will Find Me

Jeremiah 29:10-14 NIV – 10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity [restore your fortunes]. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

 

I once heard a preacher tell a story about a woman who was about to marry for the 8th time – yes, the 8th time. And she came to him during an event to ask him to pray for her, that this time she would marry a man who would appreciate and respect her. Because she had managed to marry 7 men who did not treat her like the queen that she was. And he stood there, trying to find grace to wrap over the truth on the tip of his tongue. He missed grace entirely as he said plainly yet firmly “ma’am, have you considered that the only common factor in all of your relationships is YOU?” She did not appreciate his answer and the implication that she was the problem, so she stormed off, refusing to accept the truth God was trying to offer her.

 

And I’ve been thinking about this woman and her story as I ruminate over the jobs I have had over the last few years. It has been a bumpy road, as I have had 3 different jobs in the last 2 years. The first job I did not leave in my timing or planning, but it was definitely by the grace of God that that door closed. And just as the Israelites plundered the Egyptians when their exodus started, God too blessed me with provision at my exit from that world of judgment and condemnation. The second job I did leave by choice, because the toxic atmosphere just became life-draining in its escalating hostility. That season was short, but it showed me how much I had grown and matured as a result of the previous season (there were a lot of repeating temptations and trials).

 

So, as I tend to do, I began to think about these things in light of each other. I began to think about this woman, so discontent in her marriages yet so oblivious to her part in creating and sustaining the problem. And I have to wonder – have I become her? In my experiences, I am the common denominator. I am the only person in all the stories. The situations may be similar and the personalities eerily identical, but the names and environments changed … and I was the only thing the same in all situations. So, did I, without realizing it, become the problem I have been accused of being? Did I not adapt and change and bend as I thought I did? Was I so caught up in trying to survive in a hostile environment that I missed any red flags about myself?

 

And then this heart-mending truth popped up in my spirit – girl, take heart. God was working on you to work off a few more rough edges and help you move into a new season of maturity. Yes, you were the common denominator … but you were also the one who grew and blossomed and changed as you embraced My grace and enveloped yourself in My love. Those experiences were hard, and those words hurled at you were harsh … but they were a test to see if you would truly lean into Me, thereby willingly stepping into the change I wanted to work in you and do the hard work it required. I watched you struggle with the “truth” of the world and how it measured up to the real truth of My Word … and I smiled when you realized what was good and pure and right and planted it deep into your spirit.

 

I know it was hard. I know it felt soul crushing. I know there were moments of complete devastation.

 

But you made it. Multiple times.

You kept going.

You kept believing.

You kept trusting.

 

You Will Find Me

 

You realized that My promise in Isaiah 29:13 is always true – “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

And with every incident, every infraction, and every inconvenience, I watched you give Me another little piece of your heart as you trusted Me a little more with your life. And with each piece you gave Me, I ran it through My loving fingers and touched you with the extraordinary grace you needed to keep going with a little more hope, a little more love, and a little more determination. And as you accepted My grace, it was pure joy to Me to see you apply it liberally to your life and trust that I was with you every day … to walk through and thrive against every harsh word, every criticism, every hopeless moment, and every ungiven apology.

 

And I took every piece of your heart and cherished your growing faith and abiding hope. And I immediately began working to help you mend the torn, worn, and broken pieces into something new and beautiful that speaks of your strength and boasts of My glory.

 

And believing this to be the truth of my experiences, that God used them to help me instead of hinder me, I am grateful … because He loves me enough to want me to be better, do better, act better, and think better. He wants more for me than what I see, feel, and experience today.

 

So, looking back and talking through the experiences actually brings a smile to my face. Because I can see the pain and strain and drain were all for my good and my growth, and God is getting the glory as a result.

 

And yes, I was the common denominator – by God’s design, for God’s purposes. Because He has “plans to give you hope” for a better and brighter tomorrow.

 

What a great reminder that God does not want me to surrender my hope by submitting to the “captivity” of the ways and opinions of the world, which warp the mind, break the heart, and destroy the spirit. That God does not want me to give into the seduction of “Babylon”, which can only give empty promises and hopeless tomorrows. That God wants me to beware of self-destructive and self-righteous behavior that will “exile” me from His love and His grace.

 

So, thank goodness for being the common denominator, because it has helped me find such destructive things and deal with them … to honestly acknowledge where I have gone wrong, to humbly repent for following my feelings, and to hopefully embrace the grace to move forward. To see that though I may be in Babylon, I do not have to adapt to the wiles and ways of Babylon. To ultimately believe that what God says about me is more important than anything else I am told.

 

I pray I keep seeing the good, the grace, and the growth of my experiences. Because it is through them that “I [God] will be found by you.” That I will be more compelled to “seek Me [God] with all your heart.” That God “will bring you back from captivity.

 

And I will open my hands, my heart, and my head to all the possibilities of God’s purposes … common denominator or not.

 

Marie Fremin.  5/15/20, 5/16/20.

 

 

Fine is Not So Fine

26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:26-27 NIV).

 

The man in the verse above was fine. He found a fine spot on the sand to built his fine house and live his fine life. His life was fine, maybe even good, on the surface.

 

Until one day “the rain came down … and the winds blew and beat against that house”. And suddenly everything that was fine “fell” and toppled into indistinguishable rubble.

 

When fine was hit be adversity

When fine was challenged by calamity.

When fine was pounded by trials.

 

Fine was destroyed, “and great was its fall” (NKJV) into ruin.

 

So, why would we want or choose to live a life that is fine?

 

But we do. Most days. When someone asks us how we are, what do we usually say? “I’m fine.”

 

Fine is Not So Fine

 

Even when we are stressed.

Even when we are tired.

Even when we are sick.

Even when we are hurting.

Even when we are mad.

Even when we are sad.

 

We say “I’m fine.” But we’re not.

 

So, why do we pretend?

Why do we try to cover up?

Why do we deny?

Why do we lie?

 

We’re not fine.

Our lives are in chaos.

Our emotions are out of control.

Our thoughts are confused.

 

We’re not fine. And we need to have the wisdom to see it and the courage to admit it.

To ourselves.

To others.

 

To God.

“God, I am not fine.”

“God, this is so not fair.”

“God, I am not going to survive this.”

“God, it is too much.”

“God, it is not enough.”

“God, I just can’t ….”

“God, it hurts beyond words.”

 

And until we can be honest enough to admit we are not fine, it won’t get better.

 

There is good news. We can bring all of our not fine – our pain, our anger, our mistakes, our excuses, our lack of faith – to God. And He promises not only to understand our struggle but also to help us get through it in one piece.

 

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV).

 

We have a Father who sympathizes with our struggles and has compassion on us in our confusion. We have a Father who sees and gives mercy to us when we are tested and tried. We have a Father who never wonders at our weaknesses or falters at our feebleness of faith.

 

So, why would we choose to merely be fine?

 

It’s a waste of our time.

It’s a waste of our energy.

It’s a waste of our resources.

 

It will never help us.

It will never challenge us.

It will never lead us to our purpose.

 

But God will.

 

God has called us to be parrhesia (par-rhay-see’-ah) – Assured. Bold. Confident. Free. Outspoken.

 

And in letting go of fine, we are able to find cháris (khar’-ece) – Graciousness. Divine influence upon our heart. Acceptance. Benefit. Favor. Liberty. Thankfulness.

 

So, don’t continue to be fine.

Don’t live in the rubble of the collateral damage of the chaos.

Don’t live as merely a survivor who is barely alive and hardly getting by.

Don’t live weighed down with the shame of past choices.

 

You will miss out on God’s best for your life.

 

Because you allow your sin / circumstances to drag you down into hopelessness and sorrow.

Because you allow your sin / circumstances to pull you into disaster and destruction.

Because you allow your sin / circumstances to consume you with pride and self-reliance.

 

Choose to admit you aren’t fine and your circumstances are hard.

It’s the beginning of finding God’s strength to get through and triumph.

It’s the beginning of letting go of control and allowing God to lead (and to bless).

It’s the beginning of new possibilities and new outcomes from One who still works miracles.

 

It’s the way to find the life you want.

Life … more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV).

Life … in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10 AMP).

Life … in its fullest” (John 10:10 CEV, TLB).

Far more life than before” (John 10:10 Phillips).

Real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG).

Life … to the full” (John 10:10 NIV).

A rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT).

 

So, let today be today that you choose to be more than fine. Let go of your fine and lean into He “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) with what we willingly give Him.

 

Marie Fremin.  11/8/19, 1/19/20.

What About Grace?

Grace.

God’s kindness when we least deserve it.

 

Grace.

God’s favor when we least have earned it.

 

Grace.

God’s forgiveness when we least merit it.

 

Grace.

God’s acceptance when we are least lovable.

 

We beg for grace.

We long for grace.

We pray for grace.

We cry out for grace.

 

Yet how often do we consider that we need to GIVE grace?

“Give, and it will be given to you …” (Luke 6:38).

 

We give grace to receive it.

That’s how it works in God’s economy.

 

Need grace?

Then give grace.

Freely.

Generously.

Abundantly.

 

“… For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

 

Giving grace generously?

Then God can pour out His grace generously on you.

 

Refusing to give grace?

Being self-focused?

Insisting on being right?

Where is the open door for God to work in your life?

 

Choose chên (khane) [Hebrew] and cháris (khar’-ece) [Greek].

Choose pleasantness over pettiness.

Choose goodness over grudges.

Choose kindness over kicking.

Choose favor over fury.

Choose acceptance over anger.

Choose compassion over comeuppance.

Choose releasing over reciprocation.

 

Let “the divine influence upon the heart [cháris]” guide you to do what is best for people.

Even if it is hard for you.

Even if you never get a ‘thank you’.

Even if no one sees or hears or acknowledges you.

 

Because God is watching.

God is listening.

God knows.

 

And God is waiting to pour out His grace on you.

Abundantly.

Completely.

Perfectly.

 

As only God can do.

 

So, give grace as you want to receive grace.

 

And watch.

How God changes your heart.

How God expands your influence.

How God teaches you the true meaning of love.

How God uses you to change the world around you … one moment of grace at a time.

 

Marie Fremin.  12/21/19.

Grace Abundantly

13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent [arrogant] man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:13-14)

 

Paul had a story.  An amazing story.  He was a man who was convinced he knew what was right and he was making a difference in the world by helping the world to live as he lived and believe as he believed. 

 

And then he met God, personally, and nothing in his life was ever the same.  God turned his obsession with rules into a passion for people.  And he spent the rest of his life telling the story of who he was and who he became.

 

He did not gloss over or hide the old man he was.  He spoke honestly about who he once was.

 

A blasphemer” who was so convinced of the power of the Law that he was lost in his own self-righteousness and proclaimed the Law as the only way to live.

 

A persecutor” who was so driven by a desire to see people follow the Law – exactly as it was written and the religious leaders proclaimed it to be lived – that he had no qualms about punishing people who did not agree.

 

An insolent [arrogant] man” who was so driven by a pursuit of perfection that his attention was misdirected away from the real need of that day – hope.

 

He knew without a doubt he was right that there was no other way except the Law.  So he was bold in his quest to eradicate the name and influence of Jesus from among his people. 

 

But look at all that is lacking from Paul in the state of his old man.

What of humility, considering the needs and ideas of others?

What of compassion, considering the trials and pains of others?

What of kindness, considering the hurt and struggles of others?

What of mercy, considering the humanity and frailty of others?

 

God found Paul at the peak of his passion, when he was on a killing rampage against Jesus followers.  And God took that misguided passion and repurposed it for something divinely productive – winning people to Jesus.

 

And do you know why people were willing to listen to this man who once sought to destroy them?  Why would anyone take even a minute to hear this same man who reminded them “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent [arrogant] man”?

 

Because Paul became a testimony of the power of God’s grace.  He was a living, breathing, walking example – standing in front of them so they could see, hear, and touch him – of what God can do when you choose to believe.  How else could someone so wretched and vile in the eyes of the Jesus followers come to be so beloved and believed among them?

 

Paul embraced the new life and new purpose God had for him.  And he lived out the rest of his days to the fullest – talking about God to anyone around him.  He shined God’s glory through his old self, showing people the radical redemption and divine possibilities available when one chooses to believe in God.

 

So who’s your old man? 

Is she holding you back from letting go, moving forward, and changing directions?

Is she causing you confusion and stirring up chaos into your heart?

Is she driving your life with constant fear and overwhelming anxiety?

Is she provoking you to self-righteousness and the need to always be right?

 

It’s time to retire her. 

Forever.

Send her to her eternal reward.

Don’t wait for a new year or a major life interruption.

 

Let her become a distant memory of who you were before you fully embraced God’s grace. 

 

Let your “formerly” become your testimony, like Paul.  Allow God to speak life into every area, attitude, and aptitude of your life where you are not living His best life.  Allow God to cover you with His love as He rewrites your story into one of being radically changed and healed of everything holding you back from His best life.  Allow God to overwrite your anxieties, doubts, and fears with the truth of His faithfulness so you will be bold enough to believe like never before for His best life.

 

Take your “unbelief” – your weak faith and big fears – and give them to God.  Once and for all.  Allow God to fill in the spaces of “unbelief” in your heart with His mercy so faith can develop in those places.  And watch God start to produce “exceedingly abundant” things in you.

 

Today is the day God will redeem your “formerly” into His faithfully.  So don’t be afraid to let it all go.  Trust Him to take it “with faith and love” and give you an amazing new life in its place. 

 

Paul did.  And he is still impacting people 2000 years later by his faith and his testimony.  He is still encouraging people to trust God, no matter where they are in their life.  Because if God would do it for Paul, the most unworthy man, He would do it for anyone willing to receive His grace.

 

Grace and mercy are waiting.  They are ready to transform you from who you are into who He has created you to be.  Move toward the Savior waiting to bless you with a new life and “grace … exceedingly abundant”.

 

Marie Fremin.  6/2/19, 6/7/19.

Salty People

I think I have been very entertaining to God recently as I have struggled to maintain my peace and dispense grace to the salty people He keeps sending my way.

 

And I don’t mean saved by grace and living on prayer salt of the faith people.

I also don’t mean cussing like a sailor and having no boundaries type salty people.

 

I mean “all about me” people.

I mean bossy, no discussion, it is only my way people.

I mean inconsiderate people.

I mean uncompassionate people.

I mean that person who bumps into your sense of good in bad ways.

 

The exact people Jesus calls us to love – but who are SO HARD to love.

 

Because they are hurting.

They are broken.

They are damaged.

They have unhealed pain.

They fear rejection.

They are ashamed of their scars.

They won’t allow light into their whole heart.

They refuse to embrace grace and rewrite their story.

 

Or maybe because they just don’t know any better.

 

Maybe no one showed them compassion.

Maybe no one loved them and made them feel secure.

Maybe all they have heard is negativity and criticism.

Maybe they told someone about abuse and got ignored or silenced.

Maybe they were forced to suppress their emotions.

Maybe no one believed in them, ever.

 

The people who most need grace – but who we judge as the least deserving.

 

Someone like the Samaritan woman in John 4.  She was salty.  She was distant.  She was a loner.  Because she had probably been used and discarded by everyone in her life.

 

Her parents may have sold her at a young age to a man to get her out of the house.  He was probably not very caring or compassionate toward her, as he left her and divorced her – a cause of great shame.  And then she repeats the same bad man pattern not one or two but five times.  Five husbands and five divorces (John 4:18).  Five times the hopeful heart was crushed by disappointment.  Now she is with guy number six, but they have not bothered to get married (John 4:18).

 

And if she has lived in this same Samaritan village her whole life, you know how the women treated her.  Everyone knew her story, down to the last dirty detail.  So no one talked to her.  No one made eye contact.  No one was coming over to drink coffee and swap recipes.  They avoided her house, and they avoided her.  They never gave her a friendly smile or wave.  They probably clucked their tongues in judgment and rolled their eyes in scorn if they did come anywhere near her.  Because she was “dirty”.

 

And imagine how that kind of daily treatment over the course of her life wounded and scarred her heart!  She probably walked through town with her burdened shoulders hunched and her haunted eyes downcast, the chip on her shoulder pushing anyone willing to approach her to a distance.

 

It is hard to think she could be anything but salty when you think about her life in these ways.

 

So imagine how she felt to find a man – a Jew, no less – sitting at the town’s well.  She purposely went in the heat of the day to avoid the gossipy busybodies.  She certainly did not need a man, specifically an “I’m better than you” Jew – pestering her.  She already had more than enough trouble – was this guy going to add it to?

 

Salty People

 

Yes He was.  He has the audacity to speak to her – and then seemingly to demand “Give Me a drink” (John 4:7).

 

Now even strangers are treating me like dirt.  Why do I bother leaving the house?

 

But she does not voice any of this.  She may have turned her head and rolled her eyes.  But she could not afford to offend Him, because He was still a man.  She could not win a physical confrontation with Him, and she would not have the protection of the local law.

 

Yet she is curious to find out what exactly He wants.  So she carefully asks Him a valid question – “… How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (John 4:9).

 

We both know Jews don’t like Samaritans.  We both knew Jews think themselves better than Samaritans.  We both know men don’t speak publicly to women.  Yet here You are, talking to me.  A divorced woman.  A scorned woman.  A bitter woman.  Why are you bothering me?

 

But He wasn’t there to bother her.  He wasn’t there to judge her.  He wasn’t there to condemn her.

 

He was actually there to do the exact opposite things she had come to expect from people.  He was there to heal her.  He was there to hear her.  He was there to help her.

 

He was there specifically for her and her salty heart to change her life.

He was there to breathe hope and life into her long hopeless and dark heart.

He was there to show her God saw her, knew her, and loved her.

He was there to offer her a new life.

 

And the salty, isolated woman who once shunned all contact with her fellow villagers suddenly could not wait to tell her fellow townsfolk all about Him.  She rushes “into the city, and said to the men, ‘Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’” (John 4:28-29).

 

The salty woman lost her saltiness because of the love of her Savior.  A man who went out of His way to find her where she was and meet her in the middle of her mess.  A man who saw the sullen and downtrodden woman who desperately needed hope.  A man who offered her a new life with a new way of thinking.  A man who offered her a voice of truth and power (John 4:39).

 

So who is the salty Samaritan in your life?

Who works your last nerve just by walking into the room?

Who never has anything positive to say?

Who walks with an air of pain and shame about himself/herself?

Who is never wrong, no matter how many opinions disagree?

Who lacks social graces and disrespects personal spaces?

Who do you want to hug back toward wholeness but cannot get close enough because of the wall?

 

Don’t let his/her saltiness keep you away.  Be like Jesus – walk right into the salty mess and offer the amazing grace of the loving Savior that will speak hope and life into all the broken spaces and hurting places.

 

Marie Fremin.  10/14/18 and 10/21/18

Grace: God vs. Man

I have been thinking a lot about grace recently.  Apparently, a (big) life change will lead you down that road.

 

Three weeks ago, I was dealt an unexpected blow.  No, I didn’t see it coming.  No, I didn’t know it was being planned.  No, I didn’t expect it.  But did it break me?  No!  Because as I sat across from someone who defined me by a self-proclaimed stereotype a long time ago and refused to let it go, I was overwhelmed by God’s grace.  I immediately saw the hand of God on my life and realized God was at work to remove me – with blessings – from a situation that had never been healthy for me.  And internally I smiled and praised, because God’s grace produced such peace in me.  I was good – no, I was great – in the middle of this sudden life twist.  How?  Because God reassured me He is with me (always) and was closing out this season according to His purpose.  And I have the hope that He was already working out the new season of His plans for me.

 

God’s grace was at it always is – present, peace-full, and perpetual.

 

Man’s grace, however, once again showed up for what it often is – judgmental, contrary, and specifically limited.

 

And as I think about my recent days and ponder people versus God when it comes to grace, it becomes abundantly clear that while God’s grace is readily available, man’s is not.  And rarely will man be so carefree with his grace as God is.

Grace - God vs Man

Because we as humans feel like we cannot freely give grace.

We have to hoard it.

We have to withhold it.

We refuse to give it.

We dole it out in portions that satisfy us and our stereotypes.

 

So freely we take grace from God.  Yet so easily we refuse to give it to others.

 

But WHY?

 

Why do we choose to be caustic, cautious, careful, and casual about giving grace?  Is it because we sit in judgment of people based on our goodness and standards?  Is it because we are fearful God will punish us or won’t “refill” us for giving away what He gave us?  Or is it because we are drawn to disobedience and going our own way?

 

Ouch!

 

And then I wonder.  I wonder how someone can look you in the eye and call you worthless, no matter how hard you work.  Judge you as trouble, no matter what the evidence says to the contrary.  Allow someone to yell at and revile you publicly (and loudly) without consequence.  And all the while unapologetically demanding respect – and grace – in return.

 

And through it all, I am really expected to extend grace?  YES.  Because God extends grace to me.  When I least deserve it.  When I’m at my worst.  When I could care less who I hurt.

 

God is never like man with grace.  He’s never cautious or hesitant.  He’s never careful.  He’s never casual.  He’s never caustic.

 

He gives grace freely and fully.

When we ask.

 

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

 

We can come without hesitation, without fear, and without shame to His “throne of grace”, to find the freedom and healing we need – whether we have withheld grace or had grace withheld.

 

So will you be humble enough today to seek and ask God for the grace you need?

 

Marie Fremin.  5/19/18 and 6/7/18

Reckless Love

Reckless Love

This new popular Cory Asbury song has really gotten me thinking about what it means to be reckless.  In our simple human spectrum, to be reckless is to be careless, thoughtless, hasty, impulsive, or irresponsible (Google dictionary).

 

But in God’s realm, reckless takes on a totally new meaning and significance.  God is all about the audacious – with His love, His compassion, His care, His forgiveness, His grace, and His mercy.

 

He gives in abundance.

He gives continually.

He gives unconditionally.

Without question, without qualm, without quibble.

 

He has great care for us, wanting to touch and transform our hearts.  He has much thought for us, allowing us to use the gifts He has given us to be part of His purposes.  Nothing He does or allows is impulsive or without consideration of the consequences.  Everything is filtered through His grace to bring glory to His name.  He is a guardian of our hearts, never irresponsible with our soul.  He knows what we will allow to touch it, and He will use everything to refine us in the image of Jesus and reform us by amazing measures of grace.

 

He gives to us, and it will be without measure and with great pleasure as long as we allow it.

 

So much different from us simple humans.

 

I keep thinking how we are reckless – but usually not in the same unconditional and forgiving ways as God.

 

Because we tend toward selfishness instead of selflessness.  We often do what will help us advance or succeed instead of loving like Jesus did (perhaps at personal cost).  We often speak to help our agenda or defend our “rightness” instead of listening, praying, or considering our impact.  We often think in terms of judgment, pity, or condemnation instead of seeing a beloved child of God who needs grace.

 

We are often people whose importance is “me”.  What have I earned?  What do I deserve?  What will you do for me?  We focus on ourselves.  We center on what we need and want.  We lean in only because it benefits us.

 

When God has called us to reckless – aka audacious – love and grace.  How can I help you?  How can I encourage you?  How can I show you that you are important?

 

And I readily admit that it is HARD for me to be so reckless.  To take my eyes, my heart, and my mind off me – at times it is almost impossible.  Because in those moments my flesh has taken control, demanding everything it thinks I am lacking and driving me constantly back to me, to make all I say, do, and think all about me.

 

And in those times it takes God’s audacious grace to pull me out of the quicksand of “me” and set me right again.

 

So now I stop and consider what I am audacious about.  Is it mostly me and my well-being?  Or am I on alert for opportunities of grace God surrounds me with?

 

Loving Father, thank You for Your audacious love toward us, which never gives up on us and always encourages more of You in our lives.  Help everyone reading this to become more reckless for and with You.  Help us to see each opportunity for audacious love and grace You put in front of us – and to recklessly go after it, for Your glory.  In Jesus’ almighty name.  AMEN!

 

 

An extra nugget:

Here’s the great irony: as much as I am for and about me, how much more is God!  He is reckless for me and with me and about me, wanting me to benefit and be blessed.  He wants me to experience the FULL measure of His love – in having abundant joy, peace, hope, healing, forgiveness, and contentment.

 

Marie Fremin.  5/19/18