Perfection…. or not?


Hello friends!

I am embarking on a new journey, which you’ve joined if you’re reading this. God seems to have decided that Homestyle Faith should grow into something more. I can’t even begin to describe how far away this is from my comfort zone. It has been a struggle from the very first moment I began thinking of the possibility.

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Philippians 4:13 AMP

I may be out of my comfort zone, but God is never out of His. My prayer is that this journey will go wherever He wants it to go, and that He will guide every keystroke. I am just an ordinary woman – but I’m also a Jesus Girl, A Daughter of the King. That makes me extraordinary in an everyday kind of way. I’m on a personal quest to do life with God, and I want to share my ordinary, everyday, normal journey with you. Some days I may share a devotion. Other days may be a new recipe, a DIY project, or something crafty. At this time, I plan to have a new post weekly, even though I don’t know yet what it may be. God will direct me.

As you can see, my site is not complete yet. Please be patient as this may take a while. I ask you to pray for me, because I’m really not sure what I’m doing. Hopefully, the parts of the site I’ve completed will work.

Let’s jump on in…

Homestyle Faith is a work in progress. I may change things every day. It’s doubtful to ever be perfect. Correction…. It’s guaranteed to never be perfect. Just like us.

We learn as children in Sunday School to strive for perfection. After we accept Jesus as our Savior, we begin a process called sanctification. It means to become holy, as God is holy. Are you there yet? I know I’m not. I wake up every morning with intentions to walk in step with my Heavenly Father all day, doing only what He wants me to do. Sometime soon after my feet hit the floor, I mess up. It usually doesn’t take long. I know I’m not alone in this. Do you find yourself missing the mark more often than you want to admit?

I have some advice: remind yourself that we are all under construction.

 

Philippians 1:6 says: I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. Amplified Bible (AMP)

It is not up to us to attain perfection. It’s not even possible. (That doesn’t give us an excuse to sin, but that’s a topic for another day.) God is working on us. He will bring us to perfection. He is sanctifying us, but that will not be complete until we see Jesus coming back.

So give yourself a little grace. Isn’t that what God does for us, over and over and over again? I mess up, you mess up, all God’s little children mess up. But He’s our Daddy and He loves us even then. Love yourself, even when the best of intentions aren’t enough to keep you from missing the mark.

I’ll wake up tomorrow morning with a clean slate. Anything I’ve done today will be forgiven and forgotten. I’ll start all over, again, and when I mess up, as I know I’ll do, I’ll look to God and say, “Thank you for loving me.”