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There are a lot of unknowns in this life. And when the hypotheticals and the “what-ifs” start swirling through my brain (read: attacking with the vengeance of a thousand Trojan fighters), this truth is put on repeat: “We don’t have grace for that yet.” God gives grace, sufficient, beautiful, breathtaking grace, for right now. This moment. Today. We don’t have grace for hypotheticals, because God doesn’t live in the realm of what-ifs. But, because He changes not, He will give the grace necessary for us to survive all the days He leads us into. When the what-ifs become reality or when the curveballs come, the grace we need to follow Christ also comes. Yes, there are a lot of unknowns in this life. And all of them are fully known by the grace-giving, covenant-keeping God who fully knows us and provides everything we need for every circumstance He ordains for His highest glory and our deepest joy. Because of the cross, we can now rest and rejoice in the middle of unknowns. We don’t have grace for those yet, but we have Him, and He will hold us fast. ❤️
“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, He is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me.” -Charles Spurgeon

Follow me as I follow Jesus

A December First Prayer

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“Because you have done this… he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14a, 15b

“No sooner was the wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed.”
-Matthew Henry


 

God, during this Advent season, a season of waiting, anticipation, and confident expectation, be the center of this heart’s focus and affection. 

Loom larger than anything else. Captivate our hearts and occupy our thoughts more than the latest sales or Christmas to-do lists. Remind us what a delight it is to simply be

So help us to be still. To pause. To Psalm 103 our lives and forget not all Your benefits but to instead propel ourselves into positions of worship, blessing You for doing the unimaginable not just once when You became small, but repeatedly throughout Your time on earth and now forever as You continually intercede for us as our great High Priest and Champion over death.

Help our souls to overflow with adoration as we recount the reality that the Uncreated condescended to become a created being. The Deliverer delivered. The Rescuer rescued from the trauma of birth. The infinite One who, though He was cuddled on His mother’s chest, would die for those who chose to cuddle their sin instead of His love.

Jesus, thank You. Thank You that You were born so we could have life, and not just some trivial existence but life abundantly

This December, and every day thereafter, would You help us to actively fix our gaze on the One who brings eternal Christmas to the soul? Amen.

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