His Amazing Grace

His Amazing Grace

 

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB

I have a confession to make. I haven’t worked on my newest book project since October. My poor characters continue to be stuck in the limbo of chapter four. It’s not that I don’t know what I’m going to write. God already gave me most of the story back in 2013. So why haven’t I been working on it? I’ve allowed myself to get distracted by all the other things I felt I should do to further my calling. I was so busy trying to build my platform as a writer, that the actual writing part took a back seat. I listened to satan when he whispered that writing books wasn’t enough, and so I tried to do more. But in doing more, even though they were good things, I was being disobedient to God. 

When I looked into seminary classes because I felt my non-theological background wasn’t good enough, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

When I began to compare myself to other Christian writers and speakers and became discouraged, He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

When I saw all those other Christian novels on the shelves of the bookstore and cried because mine may never be there, He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” 

It has taken me six months to finally get what the Lord has been telling me all along. His grace is *enough in every aspect of this calling and if I keep trying to accomplish things with my own might, then I am forfeiting His power in the process. I’m exchanging heavenly for worldly, perfect for just okay. 

This means I can stop trying to help Him along. He’s got this. I’m just supposed to write. I’m not to worry about book sales or blog views; I’m just supposed to write. I don’t have to stress about trying to reach more people; I’m just supposed to write.  

So this week, I’m going to sit down at my computer and rescue my characters from chapter four. I’m going to let all that other stuff go and just concentrate on finishing the work God gave me to do. And I’m going to do it standing firm in the belief that His grace is all I need. 

Many blessings to you,

Robin

*NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries 

Running His Way

Running His Way

 

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You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7

Many times the answer to that question is me. I prevent myself from running the way Christ wants me to. My aspirations, though good, often get in the way of His plan for my life.

And these aspirations are often the main cause of my disappointments.

Just today I received a rejection email from a Christian blog I wanted to contribute to. I wallowed in self pity for a few minutes until Christ brought something to my attention. This is how our conversation played out.

“Robin, did you pray about joining that group?”

“Yes, Lord.”

“Did you wait for My confirmation before applying?”

“Umm, well you see….”

“No, Robin, that’s not how it works.”

Big sigh from me, cause I’m stubborn that way…”Okay, Lord, I get it.”

And I do, and knowing that He has something else planned for me, I let that disappointment go.

But then, a few hours later, I almost did it again. I almost applied to another blog. As I began to type out the email request, I heard the Lord’s voice, “Robin, we just covered this. What are you doing?”

“Oh, yeah. I’m trying to do it on my own again, Lord. I’m sorry.”

I immediately closed out of that email, and once again, let it go.

You see, today is not my day to become a writer for a nationwide Christian blog, and that day might not ever come if it’s not His will. But what a blessing that He allowed me this lesson today. Who knows what might have happened if I sent that email. I may have gotten the job, but would have been out of His will, or I may have had to face another disappointment when I was rejected yet again.

Christ wants what is right for us, but will allow us to settle for what we want instead. Let’s not settle, let’s wait and allow Him to show us the best way to run.

Many blessings to you,
Robin