Never to be Undone – Joy Steed

Christmas Tree

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Here we are entering into the second week of the Advent season, Christmas will soon be upon us and this year I wanted to purposefully celebrate Advent, to count down the days that lead up to our Savior’s birth, to really pay attention to the story that leads me here to this time of year that makes me expectant and full of peace and so very thankful.

I have been reading through Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift and as I look back over the words that she used to emphasize each day of the past week along with my notes, what I am loving as I purposefully embrace this season differently than in years before is that the Word of God is reminding me that everything, from the beginning, right on through points to Jesus. Everything in the Bible, all of it points to Him. Now I know that some of you are probably reading this and thinking, “Where have you been? Of course this is what the Bible does!” Can I just say, for me, this year I am taking it in, drinking deep the truth before me. God has pursued me since the very beginning of time.

He has called out to me – “Where are you?” And He has waited patiently, refusing to give up on me even when I wandered far from where He wanted me. He is calling me to rise up against the floods of life, the currents of this world that have tried to take me down and pull me under.

He is the hope I hold on to, the hope that keeps my eyes above the waves focused on a God who loves me and saved me. He has blessed me with laughter given me joy in the most abundant of ways, providing for me over and over again when I least expect it and when I most definitely don’t deserve it. He has given me a stairway to Him. A place of refuge; a gateway to something real and Holy and although all of this causes me to feel undone at the core of my being; undone because of His grace and love so abundantly poured out on me one so undeserving of this love, this grace.

But I am not. I am not undone. Instead I am taken in by Him, from the very beginning this was His desire for me. I am never undone because even though here on this side of heaven there is a storm raging, a storm to push through I have been touched by the peace of God, felt it close and He reminds me with every caress – You cannot be undone. Why? Because this is how His grace works. God is never absent, never impotent, never distant. You can never be undone.

God, your God, is leading the way; he’s fighting for you. Deuteronomy 1:29

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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