i feel this current season of my life can be defined in one word: LOVE. perfect love. the love that God bestows on His children freely, consistently, and abundantly. i have been reading "the ragamuffin gospel" by brennan manning and want to share some of the wisdom and truth have have taken away from this read, regarding God's love and His gospel of grace:
"you are accepted. never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted."
"my deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply LOVED by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn or deserve it."
"But trust in the God who loves consistently and faithfully nurtures confident, free disciples. A loving God fosters a loving people."
"There we are- the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life's tribulations, but through it all clung to the faith."
[my prayer is that i will choose to live out of the realization, the truth, that i am accepted and loved and this will NEVER change. i can only love others well if i can see my own self the way that Christ does and view others in the same light. ]