“always be prepared to make a defense… but with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, ESV

I wanted to make this post because I had received a notification that someone had commented on one of my Instagram quote reels. The post was about God and the person had left a negative comment because of their own beliefs. My first thought was to respond and hope that I could say something that would possibly convince this person of why I believe the way I do or to change their mind. However, the Holy Spirit stopped me and changed MY mind. I decided that I wasn’t going to respond, but I’m going to pray for this person instead. I could sense this person was hurting & in my limited knowledge & understanding, nothing that I could do or say would make their hurt go away.

OUCH! DING DING!! HEART CHECK!! 

I was so quick to reply in hopes of changing THEIR mind that the Holy Spirit had to stop me by changing MY mind instead regarding the situation.

Sometimes I think “we” as Christians instinctively have this need to “prove a point” and to tell everyone why “we’re right and everyone else is wrong”. I see it too many times, especially when tragedy strikes. Everyone is quick to jump on social media to voice their opinions and the moment someone comes along that disagrees with them, it gets ugly. We’ve suddenly forgotten how to respectfully disagree with someone and try to understand where they are coming from.

I do agree that we should stand up for what we believe in, especially when we see injustices done in the world, but I also believe that we as Christians shouldn’t be so quick to judge and point fingers. The moment something happens that we don’t like or agree with, instead of hoping on social media first to voice our opinions, or share a post that expresses our beliefs, we need to seek God’s face and see what He would have us do or say.

Life is too short! My peace & mental health are more important than trying to prove a point on social media. So, I’ve decided that I want to be known as someone who is loving, gentle, kind, and compassionate, especially with those who have different beliefs and opinions as I do.

Living Proof Live with Beth Moore #fbf

In 2013, I got to see Beth Moore live at a Living Proof Live event in Charleston, WV. During the conference, she read the following poem, which showed up in my memories today and wanted to share.

Grace is an inflated raft that can submerge to the floor of a sea to save you.

 Grace is the silver thread that stitches up the shreds of mangled souls.

 Grace is the eye that finds us where it refuses, there, to leave us.

 Grace calls the waitress to the table and sits her down to wash her feet.

 Grace sees underneath the manhole on a street of self-destruction.

 Grace is the air to draw a breath in the belly of a whale.

 Grace is the courage to stand in the shamed wake of a frightful falling.

 Grace is the only fire hot enough to burn down a living hell.

 Grace waits with healing in His wings when we’re too mad to pray.

 Grace is the gravity that pulls us from depravity.

 Grace races us to the Throne when we make haste to repent and always outruns us.

 Grace treats us like we already are what we fear we’ll never become.

 Grace is the doorpost dripping red when the angel of death grips the knob.

 Grace is the stamp that says Ransomed on a life that screams Ruined.

 Grace sets a table before me in the presence of my enemy even when my enemy is me.

 Grace is the cloak that covers the naked and the palm that drops the rock.

 Grace is divine power burgeoning in the absence of all strength.

 Grace proves God true and every self-made man a liar for the sake of his own soul.

 Grace is the power to do what we cannot do for the Name of Christ to go where it has not been.

Grace is a room of a thousand mirrors, all reflecting the face of Christ.

Grace is…

The eye popping

Knee dropping

Earth quaking

Pride breaking

Dark stabbing

Heart grabbing

Friend mending

Mind bending

Lame walking

Mute talking

Slave freeing

Devil fleeing

Death tolling

Stone rolling

Veil tearing

Glory flaring

Chin lifting

Sin sifting

Dirt bleaching

World reaching

Past covering

Spirit hovering

Child defending

Happy ending

Heaven glancing

Feet dancing…

Power of the Cross.

Jesus Christ, Grace Incarnate.

Copyright 2013 Beth Moore

The above was taken from the following link https://blog.lproof.org/2013/09/grace.html

There is also a simulcast recap from the event that can be viewed here https://blog.lproof.org/2013/09/living-proof-live-charleston-west-virginia-simulcast-recap.html

Perseverance

My one little word for this year is perseverance and with the current outbreak of the corona virus I’m understanding why I was given this word this year. It’s going to take a lot of faith, patience, grace, and wisdom to help us get through this. But my faith in God has never failed me yet and I know it is what will get me through.