It’s almost impossible for me to believe that I have never actually seen these ladies in the flesh.
I’d say “in real life” but we’ve all chatted over Skype and Google hangouts several times – and in my book that is “real life”.
It’s my “real life” anyhow…since its the only way I get to see family and friends – being on this side of what I fondly refer to as “The Great Pond”.
If I had to name a best friend, I couldn’t name just one. I’d have to list three.
Misty from Beautiful Ashes
Bridget from Becoming a Godly Wife and
Mandy from Women of Worship.
These are ladies with whom I chat every day. Without fail. Even just saying “Hey! How ya’ doing? I’m headed to bed, but I’m just checking in with my bestie here!”
Seriously – that is what I’ve always thought of as best-friendship. No reason to call….I’m calling just to hear your voice because you’re my friend.
These women have meant so much to me and have deeply impacted my life and walk with Christ.
That is why when they contacted me about writing for Shining Authentic Grace I knew there were two reasons why I couldn’t say no.
One being the obvious – collaborating with my besties was a no-brainer.
But the other was the word “grace”. Okay – all three words: Shining Authentic Grace.
It was last Februrary when God started me on a journey of learning authentic grace.
I thought I knew about grace.
I thumbed my nose at people to talked about it “too much”.
And then I came to KNOW grace.
And it changed my life. It changed my relationships. It changed how I viewed the body of Christ. Not with criticism and cynicism any longer, but with with the understanding that we’re all on various parts of the journey to becoming more like Christ.
My journey doesn’t look like yours. And it shouldn’t. Your journey is unique to you – uniquely crafted by the hands of the Master.
To be asked to write about such a holy thing……
Wow – did you just hear me catch my breath?
I did and I have tears in my eyes….because GRACE…
It is grace that bought me.
It is grace that brought me and
It is grace that will bring me home.