Progress in Embracing Grace

I am sitting here trying to determine if I have even made any progress in my life when it comes to releasing perfection and embracing the Lord’s grace. This is the struggle of perfectionism. We look at ourselves and sometimes just can’t see where we are succeeding.  Our expectations are so high we never ever meet them, and so in our minds, we are not doing well. Even though that is not the truth. 


Today I made a new friend through a group I am in on Facebook. It was totally a God thing and we ended up talking on the phone for a good hour. In our conversation, I was reminded that Satan will use our need for perfection to keep us from seeing, doing, going… You see wherever we allow him to sneak in, he will use it. 


In what ways are you being held back because of your fear of things being not quite right yet?


In what ways are you not seeing what you are doing well? 


My challenge to you - turn that around! Seek the truth.



For me...

When I can’t see what’s good or things feel mundane - I slow… I stop, or I feel discouraged because there’s no momentum or fire.

I tend to look at my behavior and look at what was wrong with it vs what was good. 


So instead, I no longer allow the bad mom days to destroy me and snowball into another bad mom day. 

I am learning to DO even if it’s not quite right yet. 

I am learning to look at how I handle things and tell myself what was good about it. I also look at the things I didn't like and look at how I can do better instead of beat myself up.


This doesn’t mean I lower my standards to grow and become more like Christ.  It does mean that I choose to be still with Christ while I work through the junk. 


Remember, He loves you no matter what. Freedom comes from accepting His love completely. 

Much Love,
Amanda

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  1. There are many deceptions and strategies satan uses to trick us. Being a perfectionist is one of them because it's elusive. It's never enough, always demanding more out of you but you feel like a slave to it at times. Sounds also like a lot of addictions. God wouldn't want us to strive for perfection because He knows that would be a big let down for us should we never reach it. I'm convinced the voice in my ear pushing me for "profection" is actually waiting for my destruction when it doesn't happen. Plus, the more you let down your guard (protection over the perfectionism) you'll see God show up in the coolest ways to show you HE'S GOT THIS..HE IS THE BEST PERFECTIONIST AND THE ONLY ONE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS TO DO THE JOBS. Let Jesus lead the way...He'll show you the right way to go and the right way about getting things done without losing an ounce of peace! Much love, April

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