grace

Verse:
John 1:16 says “From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.”

Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Devo:
This morning was a rough one. I got home from work around 10 last night and made a quick dinner before wearily climbing into bed. When I woke up this morning and headed to the kitchen to make coffee I was instantly reminded of the dishes in the sink. The laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for three days now. The carpet that really could use a good vacuuming. As I rushed out the door I realized I still needed to put gas in my car. It was pouring rain. My pump didn’t work. I slipped while getting coffee and had to explain to the morning coffee crowd that no, I wasn’t hurt, just had a bruised ego. When I walked into my office I was immediately greeted with tons of unanswered emails and files that needed finished, notes that needed written, phone calls that needed returned.

I felt like I wasn’t enough, like I was failing this week, and it’s only Tuesday.

And then John 1:16 popped in my head. Grace.

It’s easy to give others our grace sometimes, but what about ourselves? I tell my families all of the time that I know they’re doing the best that they can and they should stop comparing themselves to others. So why is that so hard to do for ourselves?

Today I challenge you to give yourself a little bit of grace. Those dishes that need done? They’ll still be there tomorrow. That fruit platter your LEO needs to bring to his work Thanksgiving? It’s okay if it’s store bought. That coffee you spilt? It’s not a big deal.

Grace, my friends. Grace.

Prayer:
Lord, today I come to You frazzled. I come to You busy. I come to You lacking things. But You have stitched me together in Your image, and I ask for Your forgiveness when I don’t recognize that enough. Today I am so thankful for Your everlasting grace. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I ask that You help remind me of that in my times of doubt. Please continue to make Your presence known today and remind me to offer grace to myself and others as You do to us all everyday.

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