Does your office look like mine lately? So scary even the dog’s looking at you funny?

The last few months have been the “final stages” of a 2-year project. Let’s just say things around here have been “happily creative.” We’re so close to the finish line I can taste it.

But there are days this all seems to be taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r. (Maybe you’re an impatient wait-er too?)

Ever feel the path God has you on is longer than you expected?

Throughout my ongoing business, family, and life adventures with Jesus , I’m learning some important things about God’s grace rhythms in daily life. Here are 3 that have nestled into my heart lately:

3 lessons about His rhythms of grace

1. Pursuing something BIG can be a joyful journey, without fear of burnout. When I wrote my first book, I was sooo exhausted afterward it took me months to recover. Nobody enjoyed that! And I vowed never to do things that way again. Now with the giant projects God leads me on, He’s showing me how to incorporate rest and days off along the way. And He has redirected my expectations and timing so I manage my health and energy better, instead of killing myself over deadlines. I like life a lot more. And more than once I’ve looked up toward heaven and confessed, “Oh, so this is why You had us take extra time on things….”

2. Walking with Him daily makes the adventure doable. Each time I worry about the days or weeks or months a big endeavor takes, He gently refocuses my heart on the true story. I committed to walk this path with Him. Not by myself. I make it a point to spend devotional time with Him each morning before I dig into the work, and He often reminds me: it’s His work. His plan. His vision. I’m just along for the ride, happy to do the next small task He asks of me today. 

3. Ongoing hope comes from trusting His promises. Yes, there have been days I want to throw in the towel. But God never promised us a life of ease. He promised His burdens would be “easy and light,” compared to the ones we’re tempted to pick up and carry on our own. (Matt. 11:28-30) He promised to be with us every step of the way. (Heb 13:5) And He promised His grace would overflow in everything we face, every single day. (2 Cor 9:8) This is how our hope stays alive! Believing Him moment by moment. Resting in His promises. And getting excited because we see His sweet grace and help at work in real life, time and time again.

I can personally vouch for the fact that these lessons aren’t learned overnight. You practice them day after day, in the middle of the ordinary things. And slowly they become part of how you live, walking with God in unforced rhythms of grace.

Whatever adventure you navigate today, I’m cheering you on! If you wanna share your story sometime, I’d love to hear it.

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