things I’m [re] learning

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  1. The grace and glory of God is stunning.
  2. Believing the Bible as light and nourishment is the only way to truly flourish in life.
  3. 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.)

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don’t torpedo yourself

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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.

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