It started on a summer evening 3 years ago. A dear friend and I spent a warm summer evening having heart to heart conversations over iced mochas. It was during that conversation I felt the tug on my heart. “You were made for more”. I thought I was happy where I was-I had a good job, had fun with friends and loved my life. But something felt like it was missing…that there was more to life than going to work and hanging out with friends. In Ephesians Paul writes “God is able to do immeasurably MORE than we could ask or imagine.” That night, before my head hit the pillow, I started praying that verse-never imagining the journey God would take me on.
The next months were a hard journey of having my hours cut-back at a job I loved, tears, saying goodbye to friends who were closer than sisters, and moving back to my hometown (Watertown, WI).
I thought that God would answer my prayers right away. That as soon as I moved back home the perfect job and life would be there waiting. God’s timing isn’t our own–and I’m so thankful for that.
My precious Savior took his time teaching me, giving me grace and loving on me during the next few years. He filled my soul with His grace and love and taught that I’m uniquely and wonderfully made to glorify and serve Him. In this unique season of my life I was able to spend time with my family (especially at our cabin in the UP), serve my sister with special needs, go to Haiti and volunteer. In the waiting period I realized that a “normal 9-5” job didn’t define me. What truly matters is LOVING GOD and SERVING OTHERS.
I’ve been abundantly blessed with an out-of-the-box, faith filled and abundant life. In the past 2 years since moving back home God has blessed me with a church community that is authentic, precious time to spend with family, friends that stick closer than a brother and an “out of the box” job that is not only a perfect use of my gifts, talents but stretches me daily to depend on God’s grace.
God’s promises are true. He WILL provide immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine. I’m on a continuing journey towards a grace-filled life. Living gracefully is not about having a perfect HGTV home or the latest shoes to wear. It’s to be so filled-up with God’s grace that it pours out into every area of your life. Grace, as my pastor would say, is God’s power working within us to accomplish what we cannot do on our own. I love that. It speaks truth to my heart and brings relief to my soul. In the next weeks we’ll learn and chat about spilling God’s grace into our homes, purpose, family, friendships, words, and more. I’m excited to journal along side you and discover what it means to live a grace-filled life.