Get ready for a laugh, cuz I’m about to get real.
This morning I woke up super negative because last night I was thinking, “Ok! When I get these few last things checked off my list I’ll be all caught up!” I was so excited! Then suddenly I remembered I am suppose to be gathering information for a certain part of our taxes and giving it to Steve this week and this will be a time consuming task.”
I got so mad all by myself late last night when I realized I had one more thing to add to my list that I yelled “FINE, THEN I’M EATING A DESSERT. I went in the kitchen, stole some of the KitKat bars my daughter Starr had been given for Valentine’s Day, found some ice cream in the freezer and some Smucker’s Magic Shell Chocolate in the top shelf of the cabinet and made myself a delicious dessert. I’ve been on a sugar free diet, for the most part, since September 1st.
Then when I saw Steve this morning I told him, “My life is so stupid. I’m never setting another goal again. All I do is fail anyway.
I then stomped back over to him and blurted out, “Just so you know, if I don’t lose weight in the next 30 days I’m not going to Florida with you next month. Twenty pounds down or I’m not going. 🤣🤣🤣 …Poor Steve. We have a marriage getaway planned for March.
Next, I asked him if we have any snow sleds because we are getting a major snow storm today here in Missouri and after he told me we haven’t had any in years, I replied, “Of course not, because all we do is work.” 🙄
Then I started complaining about something that is off in our budget that I can’t figure out how to fix. Steve was probably thinking, “Why do I have to work from home today?”
Next, I got online and bought a snow sled and paid $36 extra to get it delivered overnight and I told Steve “I didn’t ask you about it because I didn’t want you to tell me no.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Wow, I cannot even believe this is how I operated for decades…striving to measure up and mad a good majority of the time. No wonder I practically lived on desserts back then. 😳
Thankfully, because of my understanding of God’s love and grace, it’s very rare that I get this negative and when I do it usually doesn’t last very long, so I’ve already repented (changed my mind) and decided to get back to my bubbly, happy-go-lucky self!
And furthermore, I won’t spend one moment feeling guilty or condemned for my dramatic presentation this morning because Jesus already forgave me before I ever embraced one negative thought. Of course, I will apologize to Steve and Starr (for stealing her KitKat) 😆, but there is no need for me to try to pay for my sin by feeling bad about myself. If I did I would actually be in sin again – the sin of self-righteousness.
Jesus did a good job on the cross and He doesn’t need my help to finish the work. It. Is. Finished. This is exactly why us continually receiving grace creates more and more gratitude and humility in our heart. Because we know we can do nothing to earn or deserve the favor (grace) being extended to us by God. The only part we can play is to believe it and receive it. And when we do, we are transformed! That, my friend, is how grace works!
In case you’ve ever wondered why I’m such a joy-filled person (at least most of the time 😂), this is why. Because of Jesus, there is no more need to beat myself up when I sin and hide from God’s presence like I did for so many years. ❤️
I STAND FORGIVEN! AND SO DO YOU!
Friend, make a decision right now to receive what Jesus died to give you through His finished work on the cross.
“Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by His blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7 (TPT)
19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, through His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let’s approach God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let’s hold firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds.. Hebrews 10:19-24 (NASB)
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!