Thursday, January 2, 2014

Living in Grace

Grace will be the middle name of my baby girl. 

Its a beautiful name, and it has such a purposeful meaning behind it. It is a perfect time to write about it with the New Year here. Each year, we all encompass a new outlook on what is to come and realize no matter what we've done in the past, that we are capable of changing the future; this a form of grace that we are feeling at this time of year. 

Through Christ we can access His grace each and every day, not just January 1st!
Most of us define grace as God's undeserved favor. 
When we are not good enough, or fail at something - it covers us. 
It allows us to be perfect in His eyes through our belief in Christ living in us. 
But there is more to His grace!

Grace is not an excuse for a sloppy life, but it is the power to overcome it.

It's the power of the holy spirit that is freely given to us, undeserved, that enables us to do with ease, things that we could never do without that power (no matter how much we struggled or tried).
Often as we journey on this walk of faith, we are found convicting ourselves and trying to change things we fail at within ourselves. This becomes difficult to bear. 

We feel it's impossible to be perfected, and at times we even give up and throw in the towel. But that is just the point that Jesus wants us all to get to. 

The point where we understand that we cannot do anything without Him. 
Grace allows us to overcome things that are impossible to us without Christ. 
It allows us to overcome our failures and our shortcomings. 
It allows us to walk boldly in God and empowers us to change and be more like Christ each day. 
 Instead of trying to do it ourselves, we have to ask God to change it for us and work through His word to overcome it each day through His power.
Grace allows us to understand that perfection is only achieved through Jesus.
We cannot get there on our own. 

And we access this grace, through our faith in God.
Leaning completely on Him. 
Understanding that we are nothing without Him.
That we can do nothing without Him.
That we need Him for everything. 
That only through Him can we achieve anything.
We can use His grace to give us power in all things - when we are struggling in a relationship, we can access His grace to give us strength and happiness during the process to hold on. 

His grace will give us peace and understanding during hard times, because we cannot get this on our own. We do not have to go through tough times being miserable until we receive our breakthrough.

God has all the power that we need to do anything that we need to do. 

The power to smile, to have joy, to have peace at all times. The power to overcome all things! 

Cheers to a positive outlook on the New Year and on your life! 
Through Christ we can access this each and everyday! Understanding that it is not in our own doing, but because He is such a great God that he gives this to us freely because it is pleasing to Him!

How amazing is that?

Have a great Thursday!


27 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Is this your first? Babies are such a blessing! I'm a new reader of your blog and this post drew me in more! My walk with God has somewhat been a struggle and with this new year, I'm trying to reconnect with God and seeing this post just lifts my spirit. Thank you for that.
    XO Terri www.allthingsterri.com

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    1. Yes this is my first! I am glad the God could use me to life your spirits! Thanks for commenting :)

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  2. You are seriously the cutest prego mama around!!!!!! Love the bump ;]

    SO happy to be doing another giveaway as well!!!

    Cheers to an amazing 2014!
    XO Barbie
    The Parlor Girl

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  3. Just found your blog, love it!

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  4. Loved this. Especially "Grace is not an excuse for a sloppy life, but it is the power to overcome it". And you look great! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Glad you liked this post! :)

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  5. love the name grace and the meaning behind the word.
    i'm a christian and am so grateful for the grace of God.
    so much so that i named my blog "grace and gratitude".

    continued blessings this year :)
    vanessa

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    1. It is a beautiful name and it has a great meaning and power :)

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  6. Grace is going to be a perfect middle name!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  7. Something about God's Grace! (Remember that song?) Beautiful post, Ms. Jena!

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  8. Love the name Grace! That will be absolutely perfect. God is going to do so many beautiful things through that baby!
    -Alyssa

    www.pinchoflyss.blogspot.com

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  9. God's grace is so sufficient and we can indeed do nothing without Him. I am so thankful that when we are weak we can tap into His power. Congratulations on your new addition!

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  10. What a beautiful message and a beautiful middle name for your little girl! Thank you for the encouraging word today!

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  11. Your look so pretty, I love the outfit you're wearing! And I think Grace is a great name :)

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  12. Awww... I love that your speaking such truth over your daughter!!! Grace is the perfect middle name. God's grace truly is unbelievable!

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  13. These photos are so beautiful! And I love the name "Grace"! We don't have children yet, but it's on the "middle name" list for our daughters as well. :)

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  14. Congrats and a beautiful middle name

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  15. BEAUTIFUL!!! Such a gorgeous post to go with a gorgeous name! This has always been the name I would love if I was to have a little girl. So lovely!!!

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  16. Grace is beautiful, i absolutely love your reason behind it!

    Formally www.isaidwasamazing.blogspot.com now www.herbossyash.com! Giveaway going on now!

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  17. Beautiful! Love the name Grace.

    My niece's middle name is also Grace :)

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  18. So beautifully written! Such great words to usher in the new year as well. For everything you spoke of, Grace is such a perfect fit for your baby. May you and your family have a blessed and abundant 2014, love!

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  19. You look great and congratulations!!! wish you all the best...Btw, you have a pretty cool blog!!

    K.
    http://hablemosfashion.blogspot.com/

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  20. Such a cute top! Thanks for linking up for Look What I Got! Hope to see you back tomorrow!
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    Kate Spade Giveaway!

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  21. His grace is sufficient.

    Those who don't understand we've been given the power to overcome may not understand the true gospel.

    You look lovely!

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

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