The Tangled Doodle (#jammed daily devo, day 47)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 47: Grace detangles.

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless.” 1 Corinthians 1:17post-image-47

To say we were excited to celebrate our first Christmas as dog owners this past year is an understatement. Cherry-dog wore a sweater from November to January. What we thought was adorable …really was …but it cost us. Literally.

When we took her sweater off to pack it away with Christmas, we found deep tangles in her fur. I spent hours trying to unravel her fur with a comb and her head on my lap, to no avail. Poor girl had to lose most of her long, warm hair in the cold of winter on account of our bad choice.

Jesus taught in parables to keep His message simple. Not because it’s a simple message, but because He wanted all to hear, understand and know God’s love. To know Him. To know life.

Peter is alluding to the same sentiments. He knew that baptizing people was out of his lane, but that preaching the gospel was right smack in it. He was passionate about placing his words in position for all to hear and understand, not tangling them up with complicated jargon and useless sentiments.

The danger in complicating God’s message is that we will confuse others. I pray that my words here are an encouragement to all who read them, and my love for Jesus and honest ache for all to know Him jumps off the screen. Grace detangles any mess in the way of a heart longing to know Jesus. #Godisbigger

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for words! Thank you that we are able to communicate so easily with each other, and share Your word freely here in this space. Forgive any miscommunication on account of my human heart, and bless this space to build love for You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

What’s the worst mess you’ve ever had to untangle? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 


Happy Detangling,


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10 Comments on “The Tangled Doodle (#jammed daily devo, day 47)

  1. Love your reminder that Peter focused on his one thing, Megs. That’s my biggest tangle, trying to do more than I should. Thankful that God is bigger and His grace is enough. Blessings to you, sweet friend.

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    • Yes, Crystal! It’s so hard to stay focused. I am a huge doubter …constantly second-guessing even the smallest of decisions! Here’s to hearing His voice of direction over all others. Happy Friday, friend!

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  2. I feel like churches are doing just what we do with those dog sweaters – try to make things eye catching and trendy but end up making a mess of the real message! I love this post and I am fully enthralled by your passion for Christ! Peace be with you!!!

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  3. Meg, I love the prayer at the end. What a good one for us to pray as we write from each of our unique spaces. Your thoughts on how grace untangles, that is so good! Thank you for encouraging me today! #chasingcommunity

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    • Amen! And I love how creative we all are, too. There just isn’t enough time in life to discover each voice. He’s crazy big like that, isn’t He? Happy Thursday!

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