Give Yourself Grace & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

January has rolled in like it usually does, a wreck of a steamboat just plowing on. I intended to start well, to be the best me I can ever be. Instead, I have been all various levels of sick — from having a cold, to having low blood pressure and fatigue. I think I have been pretty far from the best me (at least I hope so). And that has been surprisingly hard, to be honest.

This winter partly feels like a winter season of my soul. Not necessarily because I feel I am far away from the Lord. But more because the battleground feels so harsh and dry. Like I am fighting through the frozen ground, focused on surviving this season. Or surviving just this day, really.

Then, once again, I was reminded of these seasons of life. How some seasons are like winter, deeply frozen. But then some seasons are like spring, with new life springing forth. And of course, the harvest season will eventually come as well. So maybe for now, we have to deal with our roots trying to push through the hard ground. But it won’t be like that forever.

“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NLT‬)

Give Yourself Grace

So in this season, I am also learning to give myself grace, knowing that it’s okay. It’s okay to not be okay for a while. It’s okay to struggle in the hard seasons, to hurt through the broken ones. This is the season for it.

Like in every season, it is important to keep grounded in God’s Word. Especially so in the hard seasons. It is important to let your roots grow deeper and deeper into Him. Because this is only for a season. Soon, a new thing will come. A new beginning, a new chance, a new person, a new situation, a new place. The Lord knows.

But a new season will come, and that’s why it’s important to hold on to hope. That is why it’s important to see this as only a season as well — and not build our identities on this brokenness. Rather, we are made complete in Him and that is the promise we can hold on to in this place. So give yourself grace now, and breathe for a while. Let yourself hurt for a while, cry for a while, struggle for a while. Give yourself grace in this place, for a new season will come. A new thing will come. And you get to move on.

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  1. Sometimes grace is hardest to give ourselves. We are quick to bless others, when we need to learn to be easy on ourselves. Praying this winter season is milder for you beginning today, Ronja.

    1. So true, Laurie! Sometimes it really is the hardest thing to do, to give grace to ourselves. Yet we are so much in need of grace, too, yes? Thank you for visiting here once again, Laurie. God bless you!

  2. In the past year, I’ve become aware of how often I don’t make space to give myself grace. When my expectations are too high, I miss out on this sweetness of allowing God to sit with me, comfort me and gently take me where He needs me to go. Praying this season leaves you with treasures you may never have discovered otherwise.

    1. Yes! I’m so thankful that God is so patient with me but still it is just too easy to set my expectations for myself way too high. And you are so right, then we miss out on so much in our time with God. Thank you for visiting here and sharing this kindness with me, Crystal! God bless you

  3. When I read this line: “Or surviving just this day, really.” the song, One Day At A Time came to mind. One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you
    Give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do
    Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine
    So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time

    Today is all you have. It’s the only day promised to you. The Bible says, give us this day our daily bread not this week, month or year. One day and today is it. Blessings to you as you journey through today with Jesus. He’s got you!

  4. It is ok to not be ok. I am reading a book on lament right now called The Louder Song and I am learning so much about how these hard seasons can grow our relationship with God – without pretending what we don’t feel. Saying a prayer for you right now. laurensparks.net

  5. Gracing ourselves in accepting God’s grace for us… For women this is difficult but such a necessary lesson to learn in our journey with God. It’s okay, to be not okay & to sit in His grace.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  6. “So maybe for now, we have to deal with our roots trying to push through the hard ground. But it won’t be like that forever.” Keeping hope alive is so important. Giving ourselves grace is part of that! Thanks, Ronja.

  7. “Like in every season, it is important to keep grounded in God’s Word. Especially so in the hard seasons. It is important to let your roots grow deeper and deeper into Him.” Amen! Yes, so important to be grounded in His word and as the seasons of our lives come and go, we will be stronger in our faith and more at peace even in hard times. Blessings to you! I’m a near neighbor at #HeartEncouragement and #TuneInThursday this week.

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