Some Candid Grace and Truth
Can I tell you that I am closing the door on November with a heavy heart.
I would love to be able to tell you how grateful I am for how far I have come this year, and all God is doing in my life. But if I’m honest, life has been hard the last couple of years, and this month was especially rough.
As we move into the Christmas season, I have been reflecting a lot on Jesus. And I have spent a good deal of time in the book of John. John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NIV)
Grace and Truth
Grace and truth are two of the things that I cling to when the going gets rough.
I lean into the truth I can count on, because God’s Word is unchanging, even when it feels like my world is falling apart.
And I cling to God’s grace, because no matter how badly I mess things up, I know I can never out sin the grace of God.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That’s a truth we can count on, and grace we can cling to as children of God.
Which brings me to an exciting announcement!
I am one of the two new hosts for the Grace and Truth Link-up, which you can learn more about below.
For my first featured post, I have chosen Carlie’s post about the labels that we allow to define us. Carlie wasn’t afraid to get candid and share her heart in her post, and I could totally relate.
Carlie shares her struggle with where life has brought her this year as well. As I read her post it was like reading my own thoughts on the page. But she didn’t leave it at the struggle, she circled back around to Jesus. Because in the end, no matter how much we struggle, we can be thankful for who we are in Him. I highly encourage you to take a moment to hop over and check it out here.
Carlie, feel free to grab the button below and add it to your post so your readers can celebrate with you.
Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord…
Grace & Truth exists to point people to Jesus! We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement every week. If you’re a blogger, we hope you’ll use this space as a way to meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader, we hope that you’ll encounter new bloggers that love Jesus as much as you do! Most of all, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.
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1.) Follow your hosts via their blog and/or social media channels. This is not mandatory, but appreciated!
2.) Leave 1-2 of your most recent Christian Living posts. Please do not link DIY, Crafts, Recipes, etc. Links of this kind will be deleted. We also reserve the right to delete posts that don’t align with the theme or that are deemed by the hostesses to be inappropriate.
3.) Visit 1-2 other links and leave a meaningful comment! We want to encourage community, so please don’t link and run!
4.) All links are randomly sorted – feel free to link as early or as late as you’d like. The playing field is even!
In order to be featured next week:
5.) Grab a button and/or link back to one of our hosts to encourage new linkers. This is not mandatory to participate, but is required to be featured.
6.) Each host will choose one blog to feature and promote via their social media channels next week.
7.) By linking up you agree to allow the hosts to use your featured post image if you are chosen as a feature for next week.
Heather, so sorry to hear that you’ve had a rough month/couple of years. I know the feeling all to well. But I’m so grateful that you have chosen to focus on Jesus. And that is a powerful testimony. Thanks, also for relating to ‘Why I’m Thankful For The Labels That Challenge My Worth’. It’s good to know I’m not the only one. We know the truth and yet we struggle. May God grant us His peace and power. Thank you so much for choosing to feature my post on your very first week as host. I feel honored. 🙂 Praying it will be a blessing to others caught in the same struggle.
Thank you for being open and honest about your struggle, Carlie. God is so faithful and there is something so freeing about knowing we aren’t alone in our struggles.
Heather, I am so happy to meet you and to become a part of this link up, it’s a blessing to meet other women of faith in this beautiful community!
Isn’t it! Thanks for dropping in today. Looking forward to what’s ahead.
You have a wonderful resource, here. I am still new to the world of “bloggers” even though I have had one for over a year. The amount of love, understanding and togetherness in the world of Christian bloggers is intensely felt through your website and
link-up! Thank you so much for being willing to bear your heart to others. It is amazing how Christians who are afraid to share their pain will be blessed by you all!
Thanks, Janene. And welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!
So neat that you have created a group of women in faith! I am loving this content – thank you so much for sharing positive messages!
Thanks, Maria! Glad you found us! 🙂
Heather I love this post! God’s love and grace is the heart behind our blog. Thank you so much for speaking this truth into us today! Much love to you sweet sister! ❤
Thank you, Donna!
God’s grace is one of God’s best attributes, especially when we are striving to please Him and messup by accident; He is always ready to forgive and pick us up. May we walk in holiness as He transforms us into His image!
Yes! So thankful for His grace!
Heather, I didn’t realize that you run a link up. Is this new? Good for you. So sorry that November was rough for you but glad you are growing through it all. Blessings, Amy
Yes, this is my first week as a host.
I love it when God’s women are real about the real issues in their life. Candid… that word makes me smile. ANd to be candid and embrace the labels – giving them to God and letting Him review the truth… Love that too!
To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever used ‘grace and truth’ together in the same sentence, but it makes complete sense. God is there for us when our world is messy (and when we make it messy too).
Yes! So thankful for that.