Everyday Grace

Searching for goodness in the ordinary

Day 18: Nothing // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
18

photo: Leah Kelley

Hi there! This is day 18 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

Today, I have a song for you. I want you to hear this story with your heart instead of your ears, as much as you can:

I want to talk about some different sorts of nothing that this song makes me think about. First: nothing, and I mean nothing, can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. If you think you have messed up so badly that you have wrecked His plans for you and your life, I have good news, friend: you are not that powerful. There is nothing you can do to screw up His love for you or your calling in Him. You can run – He will send armies of angels after you to help you find your way back. You can stop participating – He will wait patiently. Face it, God just adores you. I know, it’s crazy. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch underneath a pile of warm laundry I’m supposed to be folding and wake up three hours later with one dried-out contact lens stuck to my face, and God still loves me. It’s probably the most unbelievable truth about life that I know. His love is big and wide and generous, okay? He loves us at our best and at our worst. (Bless.)  (more…)

Day 10: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
10

photo: Caique Silva

Hi there! This is day 10 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.

Ever feel like so much is going wrong in your life that you literally can’t articulate any of it? Friends ask you how you’re doing – the rare ones who actually mean it and really want to know – and you can’t even form the words. You could start, but it would take hours. Everything stinks, sucks, feels so complicated, and basically makes you want to go back to bed. (more…)

Day 1: Your Mess is Not You // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
01

photo: Joanna Malinowska

Hi there! This is day 1 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. As the month unfolds, you can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.

We did it…we made it to October, and FALL! My all-time favorite season. And with October comes the beginning of something I am so excited and just a little bit anxious to share with you, because it is so tender and honest: the 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness series I have been working on. As much as part of me wants to hold it close in fear, I am letting it off leash to hopefully breathe life and healing into you, too, friend. I so hope it does. Today is Day 1, and I can’t wait to share with you what the Lord has been whispering to my heart. Welcome.

If you are here, I assume that you have been face to face with heartache at some point. Maybe you are going through it now. Maybe it was 10 years ago. Maybe the wounds are fresh and raw, maybe they are old and buried. Wherever your pain has come from, however many miles you’ve carried it like stones in all your pockets and weights tied to all your limbs, whatever junk you see all around you, I want you to know:  (more…)