- The grace and glory of God is stunning.
- Believing the Bible as light and nourishment is the only way to truly flourish in life.
- There is never any condemnation for those in Jesus Christ.
In my years of not only knowing facts about God and the Bible, but experiencing them for myself, in the roller-coaster-way life can be, I learn and relearn things like it’s my job.
And I read “grace upon grace.” The beauty and severity and AMAZINGNESS of that reality. Amen?
Since this blog has become a place to tease these things out, here we go…
The grace and glory of God is stunning.
“Often when we become familiar with things, we begin to take them for granted. When we are familiar with things, we tend to quit examining them… Familiarity tends to rob us of our wonder. And here’s what’s important about this: what has captured the wonder of our hearts will control the way we live.” Paul David Tripp, Come, Let Us Adore Him
My friend Ashton and I talk about this sometimes — how growing up in families that love God, being active in church, and learning the Bible even at school are great gifts. They also make us [graciously] repellant to the idea of becoming numb to the gospel.
Earlier this year I had one of those “God, I am desperate for more of You, exhausted and broken by how I was carrying on in life. Please straighten what is crooked in my heart and mind, please tear down so You can rebuild the framework of my belief in You” seasons. (At the time, the pages of my journal were strewn with messy phrases, tears, and jumbled up processing.)
What are you listening to this month?
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You know the phrases, I’m sure:
Ugh, why do I always do this?
What is wrong with me?
You don’t ever handle that situation well.
That was a silly thing to say.
I wish I didn’t feel this way.
Maybe you hear them often in a friend or family member. Maybe they slip from your mouth daily.
I found myself in this spot, but adding (misplaced) feelings of shame or guilt. Not helpful or healthy.
And certainly not what God desires of or for me. But it was a habit, one that didn’t seem too crazy or bizarre.
But, like they do so often, Jesus’ words pierced this normal.
“Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11
Hear and understand, Chelsea, what comes out of your mouth is serious business.
“I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how the inner life might be nourished.” George Müller
“You have been called to give yourself to the work of God’s kingdom and to daily obey the commands of the King. You’ve been called to recognize that your life is no longer your own because you were bought with a price. But the work you do is never to be done in order to earn something. The work you’re called to do is to be done in celebration of something. You don’t work to earn God’s favor; rather, your work is a hymn of thanks for the favor that Christ achieved on your behalf. You don’t have to wonder if you’ve worked enough. You don’t have to fear that you’ll mess up and get booted out of the family. You don’t have to fear seeing the back of God’s head. You don’t have to be haunted by the question of whether you’ve done enough for long enough. The bridge of impossibility has been walked by Christ. The job is done. Your relationship with God is eternally secure. Now, in thankfulness, go out and do his work.” Paul David Tripp
Are there any words particularly inspiring you toward Jesus lately?
I think the vision for this album is songs to sing over your children, but it is powerful and inspiring even for my 25 year old soul. This song about the armor of God has filled my car for most of my driving lately.
I ask Holy Spirit to deeply embed inside us truth of God’s armor available to us. I ask Him to give us ability and desire to step into this armor daily.
Even though you might be small
It is in you His kingdom reigns
And from your mouth the Lord has made
A fountain for His praise