The Tenderness of God’s Grace

The Glory of God is that He is Good.
In everything that happens.
Every day. All the time.
He is My Joy.

His arms are waiting to comfort me tenderly when life hurts.
His whispers keep reassuring me when all seems lost.
His tender heart is always listening to mine.
He is My Safe Place.

He never yells at me when I mess up.
Never attacks or criticizes me.
Never blames or shames.
Never leaves me.

Instead He eagerly waits for me.
He encourages me with tender words.
He renews me with His Great Love in Jesus.
He delights in giving me the desires of my heart.

And I want to be just like Him.

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

February 23, 2016, Personal journal entry.

How to Live Undaunted & Filled with Wisdom

You have a dream for your life. God actually gave it to you Himself. His desire is that you would live undaunted.

That is, He does not want you to be intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment. Even by a pandemic and all that comes with that.

However, life often feels like everything is going against you. You’re in a battle. A battle you seem to be losing. Everything is falling apart. Nothing is working. And you’ve run out of ideas.

You need help. But you feel totally alone.
Your spiritual reflex is to cry out to God.
But nothing seems to be changing.

Then The Lord quietly reminds you, that if you want to live undaunted, you will need to seek His presence & His wisdom. It seems too simple to be true. But it is.

Nevertheless, it’s not always easy. For when anxiety & frustration threaten your dream, they also threaten your identity. You can easily forget that you are created in the image of God and that He is the Author of your dream. Yes, emotions can be serious distractions that can deter you from your destiny. As a result, you may begin to speculate, to consider possible outcomes & create strategies that may send you off in the wrong direction altogether.

But emotions & speculations can also be signposts. Reminders that you’re trying to walk alone, which you were never intended to do.

And reminders that God turns that attempt to deter you into a new level of determination. How cool is that?

Yes, if you want to live undaunted and what you’re doing isn’t working, ask your heavenly Father. He loves to help.

  • You won’t be condescended to when you ask for His help.
  • So ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.
  • He won’t scold you.

Instead He will overwhelm your failures with His generous grace. JAMES 1:5-8