1. Love this post!! Thank you Michelle…for reminding us its okay to blow it again…and again…as long as we keep going. We will blow it and its okay…if we keep our focus on Him. Thank you!

  2. This really gives me hope, Michelle. He still loves us! No matter what! I, too, have such good intentions to write more of my thoughts in my journal, but I don’t as often as I’d like. I’m going to try to see if this will motivate me more than telling myself I have to… “It’s about the cleansing and hope that bleeds out between the lines, leaving a trail that leads me directly to His throne.” I love how you put this. I really have found that to be true. The hardest part is getting started. I feel too defeated if I tell myself I “should” do it every day. I’m trying to be more gentle with myself, but it’s not always working. Thank you for encouraging me today!

    1. Trudy, yes! The getting started is always the hardest part, and I think giving myself grace is really making it better. Changing the voice from “you blew it” to “try again tomorrow” changes everything! Gentle helps for sure and I am thankful you were encouraged! Keep writing your beautiful words!

  3. Sweet sister happy to be visiting you from the #raralinkup. I’m rejoicing that you’ve freed yourself and have given yourself permission to dust off and try again. I tap my mug to yours and salute you for trying again. Cheers!

    1. Cheers to you Tyra! Thank you so much for visiting and rejoicing with me. I loved your post, and it definitely inspired me today!

    1. Kim, thank you! Let’s keep going, and encouraging each other. Your post encouraged me too! My dukes are up with you girl!

  4. Oh I love this! His Grace… oh how we forget about His Grace! I, too, am new to Lent! This is my second year and as much as I love coffee and dessert, I sometimes wish He would call me to something more tangible (because I also fear failing and not doing this ‘right’!) Leaning in with you! You can do this! Stopping by from W2W over at Meredith’s place!

    1. Karrilee,
      Thank you for stopping by and for your encouragement! Yes, how do we forget about His amazing grace?! This season of lent has really challenged me to not give up and to be ever mindful of His grace! I am leaning in with you and giving thanks with you! By the way, your blog is beautiful! Happy to connect with you!!

  5. Michelle, thank you for encouraging all of us by sharing the struggle you are having. Been there, sister. I’ve had my victories–more often my defeats. But I am so thankful that no matter what I do or don’t do, the Lord is always there, helping me up again. Praying for your journey. May you grow ever closer to Him as He draws you nearer. Blessings!

    1. Thank you Sabra for your prayers and your kind words! I love the reminder that He is always there, helping us up again! If I can just focus on that maybe the fear of failing wouldn’t be so great after all! Trying is important too, but it really can be such a struggle! I am thankful for you!

  6. I love it how you returned to your journal – praise God for your desire to come to Him and know Him more, no matter how hard it seems. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    1. Thank you Ruth for stopping by and yes! Praise God for wooing our hearts to Him! It is a beautiful picture of His love for us! Blessings to you!!

    1. “Come to Me, He gently whispers” – thank you, Sheila for stopping by and yes, beautiful words to reflect on year round! What a lovely invitation to remember!

  7. Isn’t great that He loves us no matter what? What a great picture of how He must look when we come to Him!! I was inspired by this today. God is real in our lives!! 🙂 (Visiting from Meredith’s W2W)

    1. Yes, His love is amazing, and I love it when he speaks to our hearts! My son keeps doing it now, and I keep smiling. I am so glad you stopped by!

  8. This was beautiful, Michelle. I re-blogged it.
    I am not giving up. In fact, the “fire” in Kenzelsfire belongs to God. I am going to learn Scrivener and continue/finish my memoir.
    And keep writing in that journal!!
    Be Blessed,

    1. Kenzel,
      Thank you so very much sharing this post!! Yes, the fire belongs to him and you have inspired me! I have not opened Scrivener in a while and words are there waiting to be finished too. Thank you for the gentle reminder to press on there as well as in the journal! I am glad to connect with you! Keep writing, and let the fire shine bright! God bless you!

  9. “This isn’t about a list. This is about a LOVE” I love these words, and your post has challenged me to consider what God wants from me & be courageous enough to give it to Him! #RaRaLinkup

    1. Katy,
      I am so thankful you stopped by and I am glad this spoke to your heart! You are brave and you can do it – by His help and His grace. There are so many lessons along the way as we look to Him to embrace His love and the freedom that comes with it!! Blessings to you!!

    1. Maria,
      Yes! The She Reads Truth Lent study has been such a blessing, and so powerful. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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