New Year :: New Grace

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. ūüôā I decided to try something new this new year. Several of the bloggers I follow like to pick a simple word or phrase to focus on for each year, and I thought this was a terrific idea!

So…my own word for 2016 is…

*drumroll please*

grace! 

Grace :: n. free and unmerited favor

I chose grace for several reasons. (None of which actually have anything to do with the fact that the name of my blog is¬†“Grace Unmeasured.” But I do find the whole situation rather ironic and iconic.) I have always been one to write down goals and resolutions at the¬†beginning of new chapters, but I especially liked the concept of choosing one word because it gives a certain amount of focus that can be implemented into all areas of¬†life without having to track a list of a hundred different goals for each category of a day-to-day routine. (A giant list which I still made, by the way (don’t judge), but this definitely helps simplify and solidify a focus¬†in my mental state. :))

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While my reasons for this choice¬†are many, I’ll just share a couple that I believe best sum up the jumbo pile of somewhat in-cohesive thoughts floating around inside my skull.

1. I need grace. 

Anyone who has had any sort of contact with me for any amount of time could easily testify to this statement. I am a sorry sinner in desperate need of a Savior.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:8¬†

No matter how many goals I set and how hard I try, I realized that I will never be perfect. A perfect woman. A perfect wife. A perfect friend. A perfect daughter. A perfect role model. Even though my perfectionistic mindset dreams of perfection, it is not anywhere close to being a reality in my foreseeable future. I am shown an abundant measure of grace day in and day out by both my Savior, Jesus Christ, and by those around me. While I have been called to live a life of holiness, I will never be able to do it on my own. I need the strength and aid of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ. My actions merit no favor from anyone, yet, I am shown forgiveness and unconditional love each and every day. Which leads me to my next reason:

2. I am commanded to give grace.

As a child of God, I have been commanded to show grace to those around me, just as grace has been shown to me.¬†This doesn’t mean I don’t see sin or that I don’t believe in discipline and consequences, it simply means that I choose to biblically love and forgive others. (Which is a lot easier to type out in a blog post than to actually do, by the way.) I don’t treat them in response to their sin or shortcomings of my personal standards, I treat them as a¬†beloved creation of God. Practically speaking, this means that each time I am tempted to lash out, or “return the favor” so-to-speak, I must stop and ask myself if I am choosing to show grace, or justified human wrath. Relationships only work if grace works. This means I must choose to give grace day after day, just as it has been given¬†to me.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” – John 13:34

Bottom line is this: Am I giving and accepting God’s grace? Am I so focused on my tiny world, that I am forgetting¬†His eternal perspective? I know that I will never be able to give grace on my own, but because He has given it to me, I can give it to others. Thank you, Jesus, for this gift.

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What will your word be for this year? I’d love to hear about it and why you chose it! Email me at graceunmeasuredblog@gmail.com or find me on Facebook (Grace Unmeasured Blog) or Instagram (@graceunmeasuredblog). Have a wonderful day, friends!

Oh, and Happy New Year!

xx, Julia

Julia

Design, Decor, and DIY Blogger since 2015

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