But He said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more
Gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
“In Him we live and move
and have our being.” Acts 17:28
I created this blog to encourage women, and it ended up being a way to be encouraged myself through the hardest seasons of life. We need to band together hear raw stories of real life and tell them with transparency, building each other up instead of comparing or competing. I write about life: my battle with chronic illness, mental health struggles, my shortcomings, triumphs, and obstacles, what God lays on my heart, and things that inspire me. I am married to a wonderful man. He is a pastor, a wonderful daddy, and the most selfless and encouraging man. We have a sweet little girl who is spunky, strong, and such a joy.
In Him, Gladly
This blog is meant to reach women where they are at. I want to share about a life lived Gladly In Him: following my savior, Jesus Christ. God has done such an incredible work in my soul, and continues to do so every day, in every aspect of my life. The most I could want for anyone is the same hope I have In Him.
I believe that there is one God (1 Corinthians 8:4-6), who is trinitarian in nature (Matthew 3:16-17). God is the creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), and everything living. We were made in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:27) in order to worship and glorify God, and be in communion with him. But God has an enemy, Satan, who wants to be like God. He wants the opposite of God: evil and hate. The enemy wanted to stop the love story between man and God, and had a plan do so. He approached Adam and Eve, the first people, and convinced them to do the only thing God told them not to (Genesis 3). Man chose to sin against God in order to be like Him, and therefore broke their communion with God (Genesis 3). With that first sin, everything broke. God did not create everything for sin and death, but with sin in the world, that became the reality. From then on everything changed; sin and death and destruction wreaked havoc in God’s creation (Romans 6:23a). God loved his children, us, so much that he made a plan to rescue us from sin and darkness.
This plan made it so that we could be reconciled with God. You see, God is good, and perfect, and just. He knows we cannot save ourselves, no matter how hard we try. So God’s perfect plan was this: that he would send his only son to earth, to live as fully man and fully God, and be a sacrifice for us. Jesus lived a perfect life on earth: he did not sin, healed people, and taught about God. Now, here comes the plan. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
They nailed Jesus to the cross….. “If you were really the son of God, you could just climb down off of that cross!” They said. And of course they were right. Jesus could have just climbed down. Actually, He could have just said a word and all made it stop. But Jesus stayed. You see, they didn’t understand. It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love. “Papa?” Jesus cried, frantically searching the sky. “Papa? Where are you? Don’t leave me!” And for the first time-and the last- when he spoke, nothing happened. Just a horrible, endless silence. God didn’t answer. He turned away from his Boy.
The full force of the storm of God’s fierce anger at sin was coming down. On his own Son. Instead of His people. It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not destroy his children whose hearts were filled with sin. –The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Jesus rose from the dead, conquering Satan, sin, and death.
This, friend, is why I am a christian. Every other religion involves saving yourself. But you see, we are broken. You know it, and I know it. There is no saving ourselves. He died for us; bearing the full weight of God’s wrath so that we do not have to (Romans 4:25). Salvation is a free gift from God, and the consequences of accepting it are a new life; a forever life in communion with our maker.
Family photo by Jade Averill Photography