weekly grace and links

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This week has carried many of these small gifts of grace with it, and I have felt my heart taking hold of those moments of the brilliant light beaming. Things like a child’s joy, sharing the hard and vulnerable things with a friend, an unexpected compliment, an invitation, sunshine after rain, kind words, inspiration. These are small, passing moments — but they carry so much eternally.

I keep thinking about our sacrifices to God. I keep thinking of King David saying that he will not offer to the Lord that which costs him nothing. Giving to the Lord out of our abundance comes easily, which is why our offerings to the Lord should come with a price. These days I am working on finishing my Bachelor’s degree while working on my Master’s at the same time, and I am already then running out of time. Ministry, then, takes the rest of my time and more often than not, I am so tired. But I have come to realize that this is all what I am sacrificing to the Lord: it is not my time, it is all His to use.

Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. (2 Samuel 24:24)

Great reads from this past week:

Why We All Need Spiritual Speech TherapyAs a Speech & Language Pathology student, this article resonated deep in my heart. Humans are all wired for communication, and we need language and words to do just that. However, our mouths speak what the heart is full of — and if our hearts are disconnected from God, this can lead to moments that do not bring life but rather bring death. It is so vital for us to speak the right words a in right way.

Don’t Give UpThis post is full of great encouragement for all of us, no matter where you are right now. Please read this, my friend.  “Wars are exhausting — especially long ones. That’s why you are often tired. Many soldiers, who experience the fierceness of combat, want to get out of it. That’s why you’re tempted to escape. That’s why you’re tempted to give up.”

13 Ways to Revive the Dying American ChurchThis post by Sam challenged me, in the best way possible. How can we build unity in our church, in our community, in our country? How do we reach out with love, instead of hate? Here are 13 ways to revive the church, today.

Desperate Measures & PrayersThis post by Jennifer spoke right into my heart. When you are too tired, too worn to pray for yourself, let your loved ones carry you in prayer. That is no failure; it is a doorway to a miracle and love.