To Read on the Journey

Saturday, March 27, 2010

the test of grace


a friend recently commented that "the best friendships are those that stand the test of time."
i responded that "those friendships are wonderful indeed, but to me the best friendships are the ones that stand the test of grace."

i need grace.

too often my mouth takes off, spewing out words before i can catch them.

i'm working on self-control,
on mouth-control.

but in the meantime

i need grace.

i am a selfish creature. i like things my way.

i'm working on considering others before myself,
on trying things your way.

be patient with me,

I need grace.

i'm judgmental and prideful.
(i'm a recovering pharisee)

I'm working on humility.

don't be done with me.

i need grace.

i am insecure.

sadly my insecurity can cause me to be the ugliest version of myself.

i'm sorry.


the best friendships are those that stand the test of grace.

they stay.
see in me what i cannot see in myself.
love me,
and wait with great expectation as
the Potter shapes this clay...

With His Grace.

(photos of yarn taken during our weekend away).


togetherforgood said...

Oh, we all need grace. And when we see our own need for it, when we see what has already been extended to us, we can do no less than to hold it out with joy to others.

Lynn said...

Beautiful post and oh, so true.

Denise said...

AMEN ERIN! yes, when we do see our own need for grace, we see more clearly with His eyes. that grace we live in, is, as you say, "held out with joy!"

Thea Nelson said...

I keep saying it over in my mind: "...the ones that stand the test of grace." Beautiful! I'm so grateful for those friendships that have withstood the test of grace. :)

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

I need grace, too!!! So, so desperately. I've got many of the same things to work on...

Simply Sara said...

I don't deserve it but I so desperately need it.
What an amazing concept. To love & pour grace over one another through our "molding" process.

I think that when we extend grace to others and receive it from others it makes our Dad so very excited. We are "getting it", we are "getting Him".

Beautiful post Denise!
{I am absolutely in love with those yarn pictures! So gorgeous!}

Alana said...

Grace is the most amazing word. Don't forget to offer yourself grace, too! It's already been given and paid for...nothing we can do to earn it, although it seldom keeps us from trying. Love you, friend!

Family Jules said...

grace is being loved by those who know the grace giver and know true love without bounds and lines

denise said...

Well put. I'd never thought of it that way before.

emily freeman said...

what a lovely post! Thank you for sharing it with me today!

Chad Markley said...

so do i.

Sarah Markley said...

so do i.

need grace. and i am also a recovering pharisee.

(apparently chad was signed in under me...on my computer)