SOMETIMES YOU HEAR SOMETHING OR READ SOMETHING AND ALL YOU CAN SAY IS, "YES!" IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHERE WE COULD NOT IN ANY WAY HAVE SAID ANYTHING BETTER THAN ANOTHER PERSON. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE SUCH THINGS AS QUOTATIONS IN LITERATURE. GIVING SOMEONE CREDIT FOR WHAT THEY SAY IS IMPORTANT. THIS DEVOTIONAL STRUCK A SERIOUS CORD IN MY HEART! SO, I THOUGHT I WOULD PASS IT ON! IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, AND MANY OF YOU ARE, THIS IS A GIFT OF GRACE AND FREEDOM!
I open my eyes to a new day and a long list of to-do's. Before I'm even out of bed, I notice a cobweb in the corner. Guilt creeps under the covers with me. I think of other women with cobweb-free corners (in their homes and hearts). I vow that today I'll try harder... Can you relate that that pattern? If so, you're familiar with what I like to call the Guilt Cycle. It's like a little hamster wheel in our hearts that we run around again and again. It looks like this:
Getting from the Guilt Cycle to the Grace Cycle...
First, pause and identify which cycle you're in. If it's the Guilt Cycle, listen for the lie. What are you telling yourself that isn't true? For example, "I'm not doing enough." Then replace that lie with grace-filled truth. For example, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. But He never asks me to do it all!" Ask for help. Whisper a prayer saying, "Jesus, I'm on the hamster wheel of the Guilt Cycle again. I want to step off of it and back into grace. Please forgive me and help me receive what I need to from You right now."
Then do it again tomorrow.
I don't have this down. It's still a daily choice. How about you-can you relate? What helps you live in grace instead of guilt? I'd love for you to leave a comment and let me know what works for you....