Wednesday, June 25, 2014

God is so bent on blessing, He chases.
God’s not out to get you — He’s out to give to you.
And God’s blessings don’t pursue temporarily but relentlessly. It’s right there in His Word: His goodness and mercy pursue me not just some days — but all the days of my life. When I’m in a wilderness, His mercy and goodness run after me. When I’m hurting, His grace hunts for me. When I’m plagued by problems, His goodness pursues me.
No matter where I go, He has his two blessing men right there in hot pursuit: goodness and mercy.

I whisper it to myself when it’s noon on the first day of the week and everything is closing in on me and I am already behind in my mind.

Whatever is chasing you — no matter what it looks like — it’s grace.
And grace isn’t what makes us feel good: grace is all that makes us more like Jesus.

I can breathe deeper. I could smile. I don’t have to feel anything pressing on my chest.

Because the real truth is: God wants to bless more. So why run from whatever God is giving? It’s only got to be for my ultimate good and His ultimate glory.
We don’t live in pursuit of a better life it’s the blessed life that’s in pursuit of us.
It’s there on the counter, that open journal where Dave and I count gifts, and it may feel like were looking for goodness and mercy, but it’s grace and mercy that finds us.

 No one chases grace — but grace chases everyone.

I feel like a happy fool making lunch in the kitchen, kiddos schooling, loud and crazy chaos in the house, washing machine humming, and I am laughing over nothing, over everything, over joy, a love like this.

And nothing can overwhelm me — like grace can overtake me.

No matter when you look over your shoulder, that’s what you find: God’s blessings overtaking you. No matter what a day, a life, looks like, this is what it all stacks up to for every person on the planet: We are all chased by grace.

And in the kitchen(because that's where we hang most of the time), with the timer beeping — I reach over, kiss a boy smack on the forehead, the world full of His goodness and mercy and Glory

Love wins