Isn’t it interesting how words come to mean something?

Like “Babe,” for instance. When I was little it meant a tiny infant. When the movie came out, it meant a pig. And when I got married and heard it from my hubby’s lips, it meant me!

Somewhere along the way “grace” has gotten a reputation for being soft and fluffy and comfy – the kind of thing that makes you feel like you just snuggled so many adorable puppies.

But grace is much more than that – especially since she often travels with her companion, Truth.

What We Need More Of This Year

This year I’m wishing — and praying — for more bravery for each of us.

Bravery that helps us hold onto Grace and look Truth square in the eye. Bravery to wrestle the tough questions, the important issues, the real-life stuff.

If we’re willing, this year can be a bold, brave year:

. . . to be open about who we are, how we feel, what we face.

. . . to live even more authentically.

. . . to grab onto some extra bravery and hold it close.

2018 can be the year we find the courage to be honest with ourselves and with God. To ask for confidence or wisdom or healing or clarity or closeness . . . whatever it is we crave from Him.

And that courage can begin right now.

Here’s to Bravery

Today I pose a tough question. It intrigues me that most Christians are unsure of how God actually feels about us.  I’d love for us to put on our brave pants and ponder together:

What if you were convinced God loves and likes you right this minute?

Is it possible? Or likely? Or true?

And if He really does like and accept you . . . how might that change your relationship with Him and with those around you?


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