“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” John 1:16

Give Grace.  Those words have been heavy on my heart lately as I watch the news and read through my facebook feed.  We are bombarded with so much negativity these days.  As I read scripture and think about how Jesus longed for his kingdom to come, I think of love and unity.  We have to show the world our love and unity.  We have to give grace and love to issues of race, sexual orientation, refugees and politics.  We have to truly understand and get to know people and situations before we judge and take sides.  In fact it is our not our job to judge, we just get to love.  What a freedom that is.  Jesus takes the hard stuff and just asks us to love.  So we need to bring light to the world by loving well, regardless if others are different from us.  I am raising three black boys and my heart hurts at the things of the world that they will need to know.  You might be seen as scary just because you are black.  You might be more easily targeted because of your skin color.  You will probably be lumped into a category called “black people” instead of people getting to know you.  How do I even explain the injustices and craziness of this world to my sweet babies?  Can you see that we need to build each other up?  Give grace in every situation.  Love like Jesus would.

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And as women, we need to champion each other.  We need to be FOR each other.  It doesn’t matter if you homeschool or send your kids to public school, it doesn’t matter if you work outside the home or take care of your babies, it doesn’t matter if you have a lot of kids or just one, it doesn’t matter if you have a big house or a small one, it doesn’t matter if you go to church or not….all that matters is that we get into each others lives, celebrate each other and LOVE WELL. We need to be a generation that rises up and CHANGES the world.  We are called to be more, give more, love more.  And to keep moving forward every. single. day.  Let’s not allow ourselves to get comfortable but let’s be brave and do the hard things that bring the kingdom to earth.  I think we can start by learning about other cultures, creating relationships with people who are different than us.  Diversifying the authors we read, the music we listen to.  Educating ourselves on topics of the world. And then allowing Jesus to do his work and we do our work, which is to LOVE and GIVE GRACE.

The key to overcoming darkness is to turn the LIGHT up…to keep it going and getting BRIGHTER.”  -Jesus Culture

Check out some of my favorite resources to study and learn from and buy things 🙂

Latasha Morrision is a great resource on racial reconciliation

Happy Hour podcast.  I cannot encourage you enough to listen to this podcast.  Addresses issues of race in a grace filled context

Best book on Grace EVER

Follow This Woman and read her book For The Love

Shirt from Scarlet and Gold

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