Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saved by Grace

I am a sinner saved by the grace of God.

The statement above is how I would love for you to see me. As I was reading through some of the comments I came across a sweet letter from a reader who said she had struggled with comparing herself to me. I was only going to leave a comment but thought there might be others that would benefit from hearing these words.

I am not able to write everything that goes on in my daily life. This blog is only a synopsis of our lives, an overall picture. I try to be as introspective as I can but there are limitations to what I should share on this blog. What I want you to know is that I am not worthy of any platform or pedestal that you might want to put me on. I fail daily just like everyone else. I am a mom who gets frustrated with her children, isn't always a shining example, and sometimes struggles with things that I can only share with my diary and my God. I have a few very close friends who have allowed me to open up to them but even with them there are limitations.

This blog has been a blessing to me as I rely on the Lord to help me say something cohesive and relevant. I want this to be an encouragement to those who are struggling with grief and those who are just struggling with life. And, I am also blessed by the many friendships that have come from this blog. Your prayers and sweets emails and comments are so encouraging to me.
Thanks for being my blog friends!


Anonymous said...

"Also we know that all things work together for the best unto them that love God, even to them that are called of his purpose. For those which He knew before, He also predestined to be made like to the image of His Son," Rms. 8:28-29a

Dear Heather,

Your transparency very clearly sings of the sovereign grace that God alone can bestow. All can see the ‘shifting sand’ of becoming a widow, but to see you lay, sit, kneel or stand as if on a ‘solid rock’ as you clearly sing the praises of the One many would blame for your loss; that either confounds the lost or confirms the truth. For dear one, you leave no room for doubt that it is Christ that is THE ‘Solid Rock’ on which you stand. Praise Him, from whom ALL blessings flow!

I hope I have not upset you in any way, when I spoke of my pride that caused me to compare us. It was my sin, not your omission that was the cause. I am sorry if I left any doubt.

Heather, there is tremendous beauty in perseverance; as with all beauty, those without confidence will compare and those with confidence will rejoice (I mean confidence in our Lord, here). I ask that you not worry over those that cannot see this for a moment, for our Lord will be faithful to those He has chosen and they will see truth, even as He promised. Thank you, Lord! :-)

I pray that the peace and joy of our Lord continue to keep and sustain you in this season,
In Him,

Lazy D Ranch said...

Dear Anne,
I was not bothered at all by your statements and amazingly so I am not even worried about what others are thinking. I was hoping to just leave a reminder to us all that the blog world can paint a surreal picture of someone else's life that can leave the reader with an unattainable goal in mind. I don't want to ever set a standard but rather allow God's Word to be that standard. I am so thankful that you can hear my heart through this blog. That is the intent and the purpose of my writing. God bless you!

Martha A. said...

I am often amazed at your willingness to be transparent and that you are willing to admit you fail too. I don't know about everyone else, but for me, I respect someone alot when they admit they have faults, as someone who does not is probably lying.....
God bless you, Heather and thanks for being you.