Exciting or Scary?

“If I was saved by my good works then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with “rights”—I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if I am a sinner saved by sheer grace—then there’s nothing he cannot ask of me.” -Timothy Keller

Some of the best conversations happen in the kitchen.  The food, the table, sitting on the counters, the coffee, and just the atmosphere holds me close.  I feel a little more me, a little more safe.  I love that at my church (yes, it’s “home” now and I possessively put that “my” on it) many bible studies happen in the kitchen.  Last week, that quote stuck to the bottom of my rain boots and came home to be turned over in my head.

We briefly shared our thoughts on the quote and most of them came across to me as “wow, that’s scary/ a lot to ask.”  I don’t know if I happened to be extra positive and upbeat, but this quote made me…


The idea that God can ask me whatever coupled with the truth that nothing is impossible with God causes my eyes to go wide in wonder.  I’m no longer bound to a heavy book full of my plans dragging me down.  I no longer need to be constricted or feel the weight of “I have to.”  No! This tangible grace frees me.  I am free to do ANYTHING that He asks me moment by moment. I surrender, I let go. I fling myself with reckless, joyful abandonment…into whatever He asks even if there are a few tumbles along the way…

Lost in the Moment of Joy

This past week…I accumulated so many stories. Life happened. Memories made. I found myself so engaged and present in each moment that I got lost.  The lines between work and play blurred to a faded haze.  Sifting through my list showed me that so many moments slipped through the cracks of being written down because at the end of the day I fell into bed full.  And I’m more than okay with that because life shared happened….

711. Getting my TOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

714. making it through the day

721. tigger

729. asking “if you had only one thing you could tell me what would it be?”

738. splashing in puddles in my new rain boots on a walk in the rain

756. crying over a song and africa

761. learning a bit of sign language

770. telling stories, getting excited and realizing all the moments that really did bring me joy

773. seeing firsthand god working some of my ALL things out for good

And now…how was your week? Slow? Fast? Blurry? Answer to number 729?