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The Lord mostly speaks to me when I am sitting with the Him in the quiet of the morning, pouring out my heart over His open Word. Sometimes, He chooses other times and places to begin a conversation. This week it was in worship.

Sunday morning I had been faced with the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good of healthy vibrant children all needing me in the same moment. The bad of no sleep and the the ugliness of my own sin ringing in my ears as yelled at them. It was not pretty. And I knew it.

Later, during worship time we were preparing our hearts. Clearly, this time of preparation was just for me. We sang a verse that I had never heard before that went like this:

I’m choosing to die to myself and my pride,
what a glorious death it will be.

It was the cold hard truth. And it pierced my heart. That morning I needed to die to myself when I didn’t get my way. When I didn’t get the proper sleep. And when my girls were acting like children and not little soldiers. I could go on and on.

The amazing thing is that out of this death comes the most beautiful life. ¬†A great¬†exchange takes place. The power of Jesus and all His awesomeness fills me up and I am instead made radiant with Him and He overflows to those around me. Awesomeness verses ugliness. I’d call that a glorious death.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…” Galatians 2:20

I was reminded this week that “The work of the cross is deadly but effective” (A.W. Tozer) This is true, but only when I allow it to be. The truth of Christ living in me sets me free from my own flesh. There is great grace in letting Christ do what he wants to do in and through my life and living out my true identity as his daughter.

I wonder, would we both let go of trying so hard if we simply rested in this space of grace? Would we quit trying to impress others and God? Because, if it is Christ living through us, that is enough.




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