Giving and Receiving Daily Grace

Some days you just realize you are expecting too much of yourself and others, and you need to just give both yourself and others some grace. Actually, this is how we need to live every day, but we just hear it more clearly on some days.

Frequently, I set goals to accomplish so many things. The principle of writing down your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and life goals, along with setting timers to hold yourself accountable has helped me greatly.  However, in the midst of the balance to be still, spend time with the Lord, be a good wife, mother, friend, be fruitful in ministry, etc., many of my desired goals are often postponed or remain undone for longer than I prefer.  Sometimes, just the daily requirements of life (routine necessary chores, our work schedules, etc.) take more time than we expect, not to mention the various unexpected interruptions to “our plan” as well as major trials and adversities that we all experience  (we all battle a “thorn in the flesh” so to speak).  On those days, it’s good to remember what the Lord requires of us, which is “to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”  There are also times that the Lord may be saying to us, “Be still (cease from striving), come unto Me, and I will give you rest for your weariness.”  Sometimes, as well, the Lord may be gently reminding us to choose the “better” thing as Mary did. Calling on the “grace that is more than sufficient” for today.

(Micah 6:8; Psalm 46:10; Matthew 11:28)
“Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the better thing, and it will never be taken away from her.” (Jesus – Luke 10:42)
My grace is more than enough for you.  My power works best in your weakness. (2 Corinthians12:9)
A good prayer:
Dear Lord, thank You for ordering and directing and redirecting my steps today by Your Spirit.  Thank You, Lord, for guarding my time, so that I might be productive according to Your definition of productive.  I give you
permission, Lord, to interrupt “my plan” if it is not in line with Your plan for me.  Thank You for filling me with the joy and peace of Your presence that is constant amidst every thing we face in our daily lives.  Thank You for helping me to readjust my priorities according to what is best from Your perspective.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Psalm 37:23)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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