Today is February 23rd
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one can boast."
We're well into the new year 2K16 and I'm sure you are all doing your very best to stick with those new years resolutions, its challenging at times, we know! HA.
We were talking the other day (Emma & Evan here) and were thinking about how much we've grown over the years not only physically and emotionally, but mentally and spiritually! We by NO MEANS have it all together or do the right thing all the time, or ever..lol but Evan was saying how its crazy the thought process we use when we're 15 vs 18 vs 20 vs 22 and so on..How you can convince yourself that you're completely justified in your actions, and totally not be. Hind sight is 20/20. Thats where our "past mistakes" come into play. Those hard lessons where it hurts even to remember what you did, like what were we thinking?! Those moments where the Lord is either laughing, shaking his head, or at the hard ones, weeping. It's amazing how so many people believe that God is punishing them, or sitting on his high throne judging them. They feel as though with every mistake they've made, theres no way this "high and mighty" God would ever care or forgive or even make time for them. That there's no way he could love them after any of it.. When really, what we've come to know is how God is Such a MIGHTY GOD. He is a loving father who is all about GRACE and FORGIVENESS. There is nothing you can do in this world to better yourself in his eyes and there's nothing you can do to loose your place in his good graces. Grace is a gift that you have. You already HAVE it!
During this little chat of ours we remembered our mother telling us how "You've already asked the Lord for forgiveness, now receive it and forgive yourself. If you girls can learn this even in your twenties you'll be way ahead of the crowd." Wise words from a wise lady. So we've decided this year to, along with accepting the Lord's forgiveness, forgive ourselves everything. The conversation went on to how its amazing how we can forgive and forget others (sometimes are easier than others, but were just talking about SELF-forgiveness today. ha) but when it come to ourselves we hold on and continuously beat ourselves up. It's okay to be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself and move on..and if you mess up again, repent, seek forgiveness and then accept it. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Repeat After me:
Not only is it a new year..
It's a new day! And through grace and mercy I am set free!
I've left the past in the past and am looking forward.
I let go of guilt and shame. I am redeemed.
Not only do they [guilt and shame] weigh you down, but it makes a bad choice worse by dragging it out.
I have faith. My future is secure. I don't have to be afraid.
I'm learning from my mistakes and taking the first step forward, Guilt free!
I made the choices I made Good and Bad, right and wrong, the grey areas, and the selfish areas are where the majority of the guilt and second-guessing myself sets in..but I've dusted the grey off of my life and turned it all to color.
If I made the wrong choice, Im sorry. I'm forgiven. I'm moving on! Goodbye past.
Hello to the moment I'm in.
Hello to this beautiful new opportunity to make new choices. To live a life beyond myself.
Hello to this very second.
As long as I have a heartbeat I have a purpose.
So Hello to this heartbeat, and this heartbeat!
I am striving to be the best person I can be, but should I stumble, as humans do, I will stand back up and try again!
Here's to the guilt-free new me!
It feels good out here in the open!!
Thank the Lord, You are forgiven!
Now forgive yourself and move on!
We've learned a lot in those potholes and we've learned a lot on the mountain tops! Thank you mother for being that voice in our head that calls us back to HIM! We are so lucky.
And we want to spread the luck! If anyone out there is feeling alone or stuck in that pit of unforgiveness, we pray you know that you are so forgiven. that you are so loved by a god who died to save YOU! We would love to pray for you. please contact us !! And if you have a story of forgiveness please share ;) Good Luck Everyone!! We Love You!!