Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daughters of Grace

Hello Daughters of Grace ~

The word grace has been on my heart for the last day since reading a blog about how many Christians don't treat others with much grace because we don't really walk in it ourselves.  Our expectations are so high and when we mess up we continue to beat ourselves up, allowing the enemy to condemn us continually.  We try over and over again to prove that we are good Christian girls.  See our works!!  If we are single we are celibate.  If we are married we are submissive.  We never yell at our children.  We volunteer for whatever and whenever.  We are patient, modest and always helpful.  SEE, it's grace, isn't it?  Then five minutes later we sin again and the cycle starts over.  Enter more condemnation that we may hold onto for years.

I know many of us know the definition of grace - free or unmerited favor of God.  It's amazing isn't it.  Sadly, I'm realizing more and more that I haven't been fully living in that definition.  I've desired over and over to prove myself to people and now to God.  As a teen mom I had to prove that I could be a good mom to those who just knew that this 17 year old girl should get an abortion.  When I worked in the professional kitchen I had to prove to the other chefs that I was just as good as the men (yes, the professional kitchen is male dominated).  Growing up without a father I had to prove to myself that I was good enough even though my father had abandoned me.  Once I became a Christian I continued to try to prove myself, only this time I felt like I had to prove myself to the Lord.  I had to show Him that I was worth Him saving.  I love Him and I love that He loves me and I receive it but I still felt like I had to work to show Him that I could be good enough to be called a daughter of grace.

The Lord has chosen, once again, to be gracious in showing me that I don't have to prove a thing.  Every so often He reminds me that when I begin to walk in works instead of grace I lose focus.  I don't have to prove myself anymore - because Jesus gave His life for mine.  Daughter of grace, you don't have to prove a thing as well.  I thought about my greeting long and hard today, daughters of grace.  Daughter of grace, I have a question for you.  Are you living under grace and I mean really living under grace?  Are you feeling guilty for messing up yet again?  Maybe you yelled at your kids again or were disrespectful to your husband.  Maybe you are holding on to something from years back and you've never quite forgiven yourself.  Yes, you know that you are forgiven but are you really living in free, unmerited and undeserved favor?

Please read chapter 7 of Romans.  As you do, you'll notice that Paul is speaking about the battle in his flesh.  The Spirit encourages him to make the right choices but he's always battling the sin that still battles in his flesh and sometimes he fails.  Sometimes he falls back into sin even though he wants, so desperately, to make the right choices.  Daughters of grace, that's all of us!!  Romans 3:23 tells us that we've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  Each and every one of us.  As Paul talks about his battle in marched Romans 8:1-2 (NLT) "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.  You have to read the 7th and 8th chapters together to get the full grasp of that statement!  Daughter of grace, you are free!  Free from the bondage of sin and you live under the protection of grace.  You are not condemned!  You don't have to prove yourself!  This means that you will not get everything right or be perfect. It simply and amazingly means you don't have to pay for the times you fail because Jesus already did.

Pick yourself up and dust yourself off!  The King of Glory has paid for every time you fall.  Yes, we strive to please God but how awesome is it that our desire to please Him and live according to His Word comes only from a place of love.  He first loved us so we pour our love on Him by spending time with Him and allowing His Holy Spirit to take control over our lives.  Once we get that we can walk with a JOY and freedom that only comes from the love and grace of God!  Psalm 32:5 tells us that He also forgives the guilt of our sins! Walk in that daughter of grace!  Be truly forgiven.  Let go of the guilt because God forgives you and He loves you.

This was not what I planned to write and yes I still have a recipe for you but I have to share what's in my heart.  Part of the goal of the Mom Squad blog is to be transparent so that the lives of all those who read this blog are impacted by the love of Jesus.  Thanks for allowing me to share.

I'm posting a link to my latest Fox 8 appearance.  I had the honor and pleasure of making my BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza.  Hope you enjoy!

Walking in HIS grace ~ Chef Robin

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disappointment - His Appointment

Ladies, 

I wanted to share a poem with you today, for THIS day.  No matter what THIS day looks like or what it holds, the good the bad, the ups the downs, this poem is a reminder how EVERYTHING is filtered through the MIGHTY, yet TENDER hands of the ONE who loves us most! 

There have been many experiences in my life that have caused me to doubt God's love and care for me and for my family.  I have had disappointments.  Yet, I can look back and see how those disappointments were really His mercy, His grace, and often His protection in my life.  

May this poem encourage you today and cause you to reflect on the Father's love toward you. Thank Him for those disappointments that were indeed His appointments.  

Many Blessings,    
Christine


"Disappointment -- His Appointment"
Change one letter, then I see
That the thwarting of my purpose
Is God's better choice for me.
His appointment must be blessing,
Tho' it may come in disguise,
For the end from the beginning
  Open to His wisdom lies.

"Disappointment -- His Appointment"
Whose?  The Lord, who loves me best,
Understands and knows me fully,
Who my faith and love would test;
For, like loving earthly parent,
He rejoices when He knows
That His child accepts, UNQUESTIONED,
All that from His wisdom flows.

"Disappointment -- His Appointment"
"No good thing will He withhold,"
From denials oft we gather
Treasures of His love untold,
Well He knows each broken purpose
Leads to fuller, deeper trust,
And the end of all His dealings
Proves our God is wise and just.

"Disappointment -- His Appointment"
Lord, I take it, then, as such.
Like the clay in hands of potter,
Yielding wholly to Thy touch.
All my life's plan in Thy moulding,
Not one single choice be mine;
Let me answer, unrepining --
"Father, not my will, but Thine."

~ Edith Lillian Young ~



Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Activities

Hi everybody!

Summer is just moving so fast, does anybody else feel that way? I remember this winter in the negative degree weather how I was looking so forward to enjoying nice weather.  Now school is getting ready to start next month.
This week is Boy Scout camp so the boys are gone and I am all alone with our little dog lady. It is so quiet at home right now. I don't really like quiet, so mostly I am trying to keep myself busy by "declutter"  things in the house. 
In one of my previous blogs, I gave you some vacation spots that I found to be really fun.  In June we went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and stayed for about a week.  We are the type of people that like to do things on our vacation so I can recommend seeing the light houses. We saw four in total that week. The Wright Brother's memorial, Jockey's Ridge, and Fishing.  It is important to realize that with a little planning you can make it economical to go on vacation.  Camping is definitely a way to save money, then you can spend your money on doing things and eating out.  We usually camp, but this time we split a condo with my best friend from high school.  By booking it in January, we saved a significant amount of money.
I am the picture taker of the family, because I like to have the memories saved.  The one picture that I took looked just like heaven. The waves were full and the sky was beautiful. Whenever I am outdoors, I am always in awe of thing things that God has created. It is always nice to stop and appreciate and thank him for the beauty around us.