Music helps me ground myself. It’s soothing, and it sings the words and notes I may not have the energy to express or even comprehend. Recently I listened to this song and a line it repeated continuously was,“Lord I have been broken, although I’m not worthy, you fixed me.” I was taken aback by the absolute beauty of this line, and haven’t been able to get it off my heart – this is me.

I’m not sure how everyone feels, but who’s 2017 hasn’t entirely looked how you planned and yet somehow it’s working out (and being worked out)? How is it that we are lucky enough – blessed enough – to receive this kind of love?

“The centurion replied ‘Lord I do not deserve to have you come under my roof…” (Matthew 8:8)

You could say I am having a moment similar to this Centurion – I am sometimes a stubborn, over-thinker with some trust issues, yet He came and saved me. In the centurion scenario, it was his servant that needed healing. What’s your ‘yet He came and He saved me’ moments? I have many. Think about it and let it sink in.
I can’t know where everyone’s heart is right now, whether sad, happy, overjoyed, mourning or feeling broken. But I’m hoping this reminder may be enough to help you step into strength for another day.

(1 Corinthians 15:9-11) I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence. But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth, and you entrusted your lives.

Despite your year, how you’re feeling or whatever it is holding you back – there is a Grace that calls you back home and cradles you in tightly. Its layers are love, hope, peace and prosperity, giving you a home and community to call yours. It’s nothing like you can comprehend or even understand – but it’s available to you, so let yourself be ‘blinded by God’s grace.’

Be encouraged and overjoyed, because He has wanted you and will always do.