Friday, March 13, 2015

Grace In The Daily Routine

I've been burdened this week. My daily routine is one that's fairly consistent. Day in and out I could likely tell you that everything is the 'same old, same old.' But that's the burden. Everything isn't the 'same old, same old.' And, friends, that's okay to acknowledge. Each day He presents new opportunities, new trials, new mercies. 
No two days are the same, nothing worldly is a constant. And so, if I am going to cultivate a life of joy, I must cling to the one thing that will not ever be shaken: the Gospel. 
The daily routine, the hustle if you will, is constant but ever-changing with the passing hours. My burden is for you and for me and for women who want to make it happen for His glory. You've had a passion set in your heart. You're filled with potential. But the daily routine this week has presented you with a pre-schooler with the stomach bug, a boss who returned from vacation with the funk, a print package that needed to be redone completely.
Where's the joy? The joy is in the gratitude friends. Let's make our anthem this season, "thank you, Jesus." Let's make the distractions our focus. Let's focus on what He's put in front of us as it comes.

Wherever he's put you, lean into it. Whatever he's presented to you this week, welcome it with open arms. And friends, invite His grace and its bountiful glory into your daily routine.

He's placed you where you are for a reason. No more self doubt. No more talking down to yourself. We cannot encourage our people if we're too busy beating ourselves up over every detail and distraction. Lean into Him.

When we are weak, He will be our strength. When our souls are weary, He will be the traction under our feet. He will be our portion.

God has the ability to stretch your heart, calendar, and ability to make it happen. If He's put a calling on your heart, He will be the provision. Trust that He's moving in your story.
And when the feeling of overwhelm creeps in? Get still before the Lord. Being still before Him doesn't mean the world will stop moving or that you can stop the hustle, but it allows you to lay it all at His cross and walk away victorious, renewed and equipped.

Those God-sized dreams won't work unless you do, but they also won't work until we hand it over completely to Him. Faith in His provision isn't about making the daily routine perfect, it's trusting His plan is greater than ours. One foot in front of the other, the small steps matter

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
— Hebrews 4:16

Do not hold your daily routine to a standard of perfection. In His timing all things will come to fruition. 

If we let the hustle overcome the heart, we'll lose focus. That was my February. The hustle won. The heart was buried deep in the chaos and brokenness of our world. But God. God redeems me (and you). He gives new mercies and He presents the opportunity for me to realign the hustle so its centered on the heart of what matters most: a life of joy cultivated through His Good News and sovereign hand.
There is abundant grace in the process. There is beauty in the drafting of our story.

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