Me? An ambassador?

My devotional this morning was about being an ambassador for Christ. Like a devotional should be, it made me stop and think about how I was doing in this area. It didn’t take me long to think thank you, Lord, for grace – I should be doing soooo much more for you. 

What does it mean to be an ambassador? In the words of Paul David Tripp in his devotional “New Morning Mercies” (highly recommend it, by the way) it means reflecting HIS message, HIS methods, and HIS character wherever HE’S placed us (emphasis mine). I’m sure you picked up what I got out of that….this life is not about me and my happiness. (side note: do you know how often I make it about me and my happiness? Every. single. day. And, I will most likely make it about me, again, in a few hours. Hence the title Daily Grace for this blog. It is VERY much needed.) But it also doesn’t stop there, God has a purpose and plan for us that is so much bigger and more beautiful than we could have ever chosen for ourselves. Being ambassadors means that we look beyond ourselves and our little worlds and live for a higher calling which is to speak and live truth in every situation and relationship AND help others to look at life that way too. That’s a BIG calling! The fact that we are to be representatives for the God of the UNIVERSE is obviously no small thing and we shouldn’t take it lightly.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 20a

Enter Grace. Again.

So, my prayer today is that I live true to this calling of being an ambassador. I cannot do this on my own, but that is why God sent Jesus. So, through GRACE, I pray that can live this day to bring glory to God and to live to spread HIS message, HIS methods, and HIS character wherever HE places me today.

Will you join me in this? Let’s do this! With grace…

Follow through and good intentions

Ahh, what a perfect title for what I am thinking right now.

Follow through is what I haven’t done here with this blog thus far, but good intentions is what I had when I started! That happens to me ALL the time….which I will be the first to admit that is not a part of my character that I like. It is so easy to have good intentions and say that you will do this or that, but when it actually comes down to it – how often do we…not?

To help keep me accountable, I have started a few different practices this month and one I will mention here is this: dailies.

Dailies are tasks that I have thought about and decided that I want to complete every day – without question (or so that’s the idea). I have a few different categories such as faith, health, creativity, professional, and marriage. I have 1-3 tasks under each category – which seems like a lot, but an example of a task for me is drink 8 cups of water. That is totally doable and not that hard. So along with reading my devotional and bible, praying, spending intentional time with my husband, and reading a 1/2 hour every day (to name a few); I also want to write 500 words every day. That could be on here (like it is today) or in my prayer journal, or on a piece of paper that I will throw away – it doesn’t matter, I just want to write. So friends, that is a way that I will keep accountable to blogging. As I mentioned in my first post about why I am starting a blog in the first place is to be intentional and to reflect and grow through what God is trying to teach and show me every day through his daily grace. Today I am reminded that I am not perfect and I can have all the good intentions in the world, but still mess up every day. Which brings me to His grace and fills me with thankfulness that I have it. We have it. What an amazing thing to reflect on today.

But as much as I know that I will never be perfect in this life and will ALWAYS need His grace, I also know that I still need to try to be intentional and be disciplined and obedient. That’s how we show our love to God and it’s proof of a life that has been changed by the forgiving grace of God through Jesus. I pray that by practicing these dailies and marking off which ones I complete every day (I have a chart made for this), God will use this system to change me and what I am doing every day. I pray this system will not only make me a better steward of my time and resources, but also have a deeper connection with the Lord and with my husband, become healthier, and steadily grow in different skills, and overall use this INTENTIONALITY to FOLLOW THROUGH 🙂

Are there practices that you use to help keep you accountable? What are they?? I would love to hear more ideas 🙂

Taking the first step

So, here we are….I have been thinking about this day for months (literally). I have thought about all the ways to prepare, what I want this website to look like, and all the words I want to say. What it turned into, though, was this want for the end result that I knew I could not obtain without actually starting. Shocking, I know. The blogs that I have been reading that I use as examples for what I would want to emulate have been around for years. They have been worked on, changed, upgraded, changed again, and tweaked…for years. So my hope of having an instantly perfect place on the internet (whatever that is) came to a sad end, but at the end came excitement. It’s exciting to see what comes out of hard work and dedication! So here I am, writing my first post to what will, Lord Willing, turn into one of those blogs that transforms into….anything, something – Ha, I guess we will see where it goes!

The reason I am starting a blog in the first place is to see transformation in my own life (which will obviously take more than one post). This blog doesn’t look perfect right now, but that’s ok. Like my life, it is something that will need to be worked on, changed, and changed again through out time in order to even get on the path towards “perfection”. With everything, there is always a first step to take – and this is mine. I am looking at this blog as a way to keep me accountable. I want to grow in grace, gratitude, humility, and many many more things. I also enjoy writing and I am a lot better at writing my thoughts than speaking them in person. I hope to use this as a place to write down what God is teaching me and how He is using His never ending grace to change my life.  I want to live with more intentionality and I believe God has placed this desire/idea in my heart to help me do that. In the process of finding that “end result”, I hope and pray to encourage others through what God is doing in my life as well. With all that said, I invite you to follow along and join me on this vulnerable journey through life for years to come.

Sincerely,

Bethany