Grace Notes

Forge Ahead

After church ended, the informal round table discussion began. I found myself scribbling notes, having difficulty capturing all the comments of the wise lady, who sat across from me.  Here is one: “You can’t walk backwards very easily wearing flipflops. Stay focused and move forward.”

As written in my memoir, MY LAST LAST NAME IS GRACE, I found myself, at times, fighting off the enemies’ lies and what he wanted me to believe. “Who do you think you are leading a woman’s Bible study with your past and multiple marriages? You really believe Jesus Christ forgave you of all your many sins?” Sometimes I pretended to snap Satan off my (always left) shoulder. Or, I mimicked kicking him away and out of the room. “Get behind me, Satan (Mark 8:33).  As a matter of fact, take a hike and don’t come back.  I know I am a Daughter of the King and I now live like royalty.”

Too often we forget who we are in Christ. We cower to Satan’s lies and belittling. As our pastor stressed earlier, “Get out of the pigpen of poor perception.” We are not created to walk backwards, live our lives looking in a rear-view mirror, or drop our boxing gloves and high-tail it out of the ring. Keep your eyes on Jesus and forward walk.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a (NIV)


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