Grace is a glorious mystery interwoven in the intricate details of our lives. Kyle idleman takes the reader on a delightfully inspiring journey of growing in grace in a thought provoking manner. Using parables and real life examples, the reader will be rejuvernated by the words infused by grace so much so that grace seeps from the very seams of this book. Each word is crafted to engage the reader and challenge the reader to allow grace to chisels off our personal hardness as the truth of grace washes the dust of life off.
My personal favorite aspect of this book is how the beauty of reconciliation is woven in to reveal that truly redemptive facet of grace has the last say if grace is received with the posture of an open heart.
“Grace is only grace if goes both ways. Receiving it from God but refusing to give it to others isn’t an option.
“When forgiveness results in reconciliation, it most accurately reflects God’s grace and forgiveness toward us.” This book addresses pertinent topics that grace can readily heal such as shame, guilt, regret and the emptiness of the human condition. In the authors words, “God’s grace can redeem anything.”
sI highly recommend this book as I feel it will challenge you to redesign your life with a fresh invitation to experience grace in practical ways. Grace will surprise you as you allow grace to affirm, strength and fill the empty spaces of weakness in your life. You will enjoy Kyle’s transparent approach that is easy to relate to during this narrative of living in freedom that is only possible with the gift of grace. May this book give you a new grace lens as you view your world from a perspective of wholeness that the Father desires for each one of ua His cherished children.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest
heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? 20
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life
again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. 21 You will restore me to
even greater honor and comfort me once again.
Betrayal is an inevitable reality that strikes each one of
us. A reality that no one particularly desires yet we all have succumbed to the
wounds left by someone we loved dearly who betrayed our delicate hearts.
Perhaps, you have faced a betrayal by a close friend or co-worker unexpectedly
leaving you baffled battling the temptation to build high walls around your
heart to keep out further pain. So than, being a reality that is so pervasive
and unavoidable how do we process betrayal?
Jesus was highly acquainted with betrayal.
When faced with the hard pressed reality
of loyalty, Judas and Peter both betrayed and denied him in a flash of an
instant without hesitation. These imprints of betrayal must have pierced the tender
heart of the Lord, helping him fully feel the wounds that many of his children
had yet to face in the generations to come. In these two cases, the outcomes
for these individuals were very different. Peter repented with godly sorrow at
his lack of loyalty decreeing his weakness was a need for grace whereas Judas
internalized his wounds to the point he was devastated beyond hope. For Judas,
his hopelessness turned into powerlessness because he more fixated on his lack
rather than the tenderness of Jesus. Judas was a clear example of wordly sorry and scripture states that wordly
sorrow leads to death. In his case, it was a literal death. For others, this
death can be a death of dreams, hopes, relationships and complacency to a
living a mediocre life. When we choose wisely to cry out to the Lord and bring
our brokenness before Him, He can transform the grief of our bitterness into
healed souls that emanate power and strength. Such transformation is only possible
when we allow our hearts to be yielded to the holy spirit, resulting in the
newness of life.
Betrayal brings to light an unseen reality that is not particularly pleasant yet all is not lost. There is hope in the suffering that comes when our hearts bleed from our encountering betrayal. Jesus faced betrayal and allowed the fullness of grace to be the healer of hearts allowing reconciliation between Him and Peter. Grace was so powerful that Peter went on to have a mighty ministry and spread the message of the love of the Father fearlessly. Love is greater than betrayal and although we may face relationships that may never seem the sparkle of divine reconciliation, our hearts can be fully whole. Wholeness will enrich our relationships allowing us to thrive with faith, hope and love for all of our days. So perhaps, betrayal is a blessing if it shows us the nature of our hearts and it is an impetus to receive and carry grace so when others threaten our fragile hearts, grace spills out to water a thirsty dry world.
During a time I felt the tumultuous waves of doubt crashing
against my faith, I came across and had the opportunity to be involved in the
book launch of this beloved bible study.
The Word of God will transform us if we know how to rightly divide the Word and apply heavenly wisdom to our daily lives. The interactive bible study will help you engage with the Word in a fresh way giving you new revelations as we you delve into the Word, receive truths in a practical way. I feel like the format of this study is so unique. It reflects the heart of the God since God wants to engage us in a dialogue as we grow in communion with Him.
Each daily study includes prayer, declarations and reflections that will help you grow into a more restful version of yourself. This study helped me to reflect deeper on God’s truth and the reality of His promises to my life.
We all do have daily struggles as implied so succinctly by the title yet God is real. We do have to invite Him, so we can see and process the struggles from a different perspective. One that allows for transformation through faith, hope and love.
I highly recommend this study as a gift for yourself and for small groups as well as for anyone who needs to bolster their faith in a fresh way.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from its publisher in exchange for my review. I did not receive any compensation from the author.
Some months ago, I was sitting in my office and I heard an audible word from the Lord. At first, I felt as if I must be mistaken. It was a peaceful word but one that I felt I already possessed in my arsenal of traits. Tenderness. A calm word with quiet confidence that didn’t need any form of validation. My brow wrinkled in slight confusion. Surely, the Lord could not be drawing me into being more tender? I sighed. Was it not my tender side that caused me to love vulnerably and hurt deeply until I was left with residual aches and unanswered ruminations? And then the word, came again.
Firmly yet fully loving encompassing a deeper sense of purpose and a call to stretch my heart once again. I sighed again and began a slow surrender to a place of silent acceptance. Perhaps, I could use a little bit more of tenderness. I mean, couldn’t everyone? We don’t exactly live in a soft world, I managed to muster to myself. Nonetheless, my heart began to soften beneath the gentle beckon to a deeper love. The mystery and the thirst for more was a process I was willing to slowly process.
Tenderness is a language that provokes a person to allow their soul to be nurtured to life. Tenderness allows the safe space for dialogue yet movement simultaneously. Tenderness removes the erected
walls and self-protective boundaries that arose from the unfinished love stories and unrequited love. Ultimately, tenderness is the currency for the heart to awaken to love. Deep down in my heart, I knew my heart needed this reminder. This gentle nudge towards greater connection was coaxing my heart to be warm. Tenderness is the song that will make the eyes dance again with wonder and awaken to awe.
Untainted Love: Rekindling dwindled relationships Have you ever exhausted your soul looking for ways to rekindle a relationship that never seemed to work? Years and years went by with various restorative tactics applied with little connective vitality to show for it. At what point do you give up on someone that you love deeply and does real love even give up at all? Nothing tenderizes and softens a heart like true love. The hardness of the heart seems to melt away under the fiery flame of love that refuses to be extinguished. I like how Song of Solomon 8:7 captures this emphatically: The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. (The Message) In a world of where relationships are conditional and instantly gratifying, how does one become determined to walk in untainted love? I believe the answer lies in allowing ourselves first to return to our first Love, our divine love with the Lord. Treating this relationship as first and foremost is the key and basis to loving people unconditionally including those with which our relationships are dwindling. The example of divine love will coax our souls to drink from the faucet of freedom that true love releases. This love will wash away the dust of half hearted love and will ignite the flame of fierce passion. Each act of love and word of love is a seed sown into a person’s soul that may blossom at any point in time sparked by a revelation of love. Giving yourself away in love will awaken another soul to what love looks like; an invitation to enter into a tender union where interaction leads to a delightful exchange of intimacy. So than, if oxygen is an element for the physical body to function than love must be the element needed for the soul to function the way it was created.