“Glorious Weakness,” by Alia Joy

“To believe that the experiences we have are valid, that the feelings and expressions of them are true and real and worthy of being listened to, is one of the greatest mercies we offer each other.” Alia Joy, “Glorious Weakness”

Joy’s prolific wring style is poetic and honest. It’s rare to read a book written with such unique character, and Alia Joy’s bleeds off of these pages along with her pain and triumphs throughout. She has yielded her life to her readers in attempt to bring hope through the hardest parts of life. Not to glorify the hard, or pretend that the harshness of life is easy. In fact, she does an outstanding job of meeting readers in the reality of what life is. Hard, but worthy of the pursuit, when our eyes are fixed on Christ. This is not an airy read, full of motivational quips about how we’ll get through the rough patches in our realities. It’s most inspirational because it’s the raw and real pages out of the author’s life relate so much to the everyday pain many of us go through, whether or not our exact circumstances parallel hers.

“What if we lived as though we actually believe God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness?” Joy challenges her readers. The book is broken up into four sections: “Weakness,” “Hope,” “Strength,” and “Glory,” all weaving the best parts of our compassionate Father and loving Savior into the tapestry of life on earth and all its qualms …and celebratory moments. 

I was moved as a woman and inspired as a writer. I recommend this book to anyone struggling to deal with realty beyond the social media highlight reel, and brave enough to find God’s glory there …in our weakness. 

“We are not better Christians when we call the hardest parts of our lives, ‘good.’ But we can learn to call God good in the hardest parts of our lives.” Alia Joy, “Glorious Weakness.”

(I received a copy of this book in exchanged for my honest review.)

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The Brim (#jammed daily devo, day 49)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 49: Simply Protected.

“Did someone forget to tell you that when we were initiated into Jesus the Anointed through baptism’s ceremonial washing, we entered into His death?” Romans 6:3 (VOICE)

“Did someone forget to tell you?”post-image-49

This reminds me of the warning labels and protective information that surround our daily life. We have to be privy to read labels because their writers can’t always be trusted, and mindful that our prescriptions don’t transform us into addicts. Cancer seems more plausible than avoidable. The sun is bad for our skin, but if stay completely out of it we’ll become deficient in vitamin D.

The book nerd is constantly reading and the health nut I am loves to be healthy …but sometimes it all just gives me a headache. Instead of hiding inside,  I apply SPF and head out into the sun under the brim of my hat. At least I’m semi-protected from the glare of the sun without blocking out it’s cheeriness.

In today’s verse, Paul is aggravated with his audience at the perplex stipulations they seem to be placing on sin. Does this count? How bad is this? What about if we ….? When my kids ask me if something is inappropriate, my response is, “if you have to ask, then it is.”

We go through a lot of preventative efforts in this life to avoid physical circumstances, but are often lacking a healthy soul. Relationship with our Father is crucial …not just our survival …but to our happiness!

“How did it get this far so fast?” Sin takes root in our hearts and spreads rapidly. We have a very real enemy on the prowl looking to give it a foothold, and without the freedom of forgiveness, it’s libel to take over. Jesus died so that we can leave our cancerous sin at the cross through repentance and relationship with God. The best testimony is a changed person.

All who have it look different than before. When we lift the weight of the world off of our shoulders and into the capable hands of Jesus, we begin to crave more grace. The brim of grace covers more than sunburn.

“Did someone forget to tell you?”

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for protecting us. Thank You for loving us perfectly. Forgive us for spending more time preventing measures other than the health of our soul! Guide us as we tend to the bodies that You have blessed us with, and send Your Spirit to tend to our soul as we read Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What’s are you most worried about trying to prevent? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Label-reading,

Megs

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The Brim (#jammed daily devo, day 49)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 49: Simply Protected.

“Did someone forget to tell you that when we were initiated into Jesus the Anointed through baptism’s ceremonial washing, we entered into His death?” Romans 6:3 (VOICE)

“Did someone forget to tell you?”post-image-49

This reminds me of the warning labels and protective information that surround our daily life. We have to be privy to read labels because their writers can’t always be trusted, and mindful that our prescriptions don’t transform us into addicts. Cancer seems more plausible than avoidable. The sun is bad for our skin, but if stay completely out of it we’ll become deficient in vitamin D.

The book nerd is constantly reading and the health nut I am loves to be healthy …but sometimes it all just gives me a headache. Instead of hiding inside,  I apply SPF and head out into the sun under the brim of my hat. At least I’m semi-protected from the glare of the sun without blocking out it’s cheeriness.

In today’s verse, Paul is aggravated with his audience at the perplex stipulations they seem to be placing on sin. Does this count? How bad is this? What about if we ….? When my kids ask me if something is inappropriate, my response is, “if you have to ask, then it is.”

We go through a lot of preventative efforts in this life to avoid physical circumstances, but are often lacking a healthy soul. Relationship with our Father is crucial …not just our survival …but to our happiness!

“How did it get this far so fast?” Sin takes root in our hearts and spreads rapidly. We have a very real enemy on the prowl looking to give it a foothold, and without the freedom of forgiveness, it’s libel to take over. Jesus died so that we can leave our cancerous sin at the cross through repentance and relationship with God. The best testimony is a changed person.

All who have it look different than before. When we lift the weight of the world off of our shoulders and into the capable hands of Jesus, we begin to crave more grace. The brim of grace covers more than sunburn.

“Did someone forget to tell you?”

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for protecting us. Thank You for loving us perfectly. Forgive us for spending more time preventing measures other than the health of our soul! Guide us as we tend to the bodies that You have blessed us with, and send Your Spirit to tend to our soul as we read Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What’s are you most worried about trying to prevent? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Label-reading,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.