I’ve been a laundry fanatic this month. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but I can’t seem to get enough of that fresh line-dried smell. I’ve washed two sets of sheets, 10 little dresses, an adorable sweater, and a ton of my clothes in the last three days alone.
I’ve discovered a little stain removal trick, although I don’t recommend you try this one at home. A little squirt of bathroom bleach takes any and every stain out that I’ve come across. I happened upon this when my regular spot remover didn’t work. It’s quite amazing actually.
As I got to thinking about that tonight, I was reminded of some of the stains in my past. Some of the sins I was doubtful that God could remove. It was easy for me to accept forgiveness when it came to the little ones, but the big sins? They had me thinking and second-guessing the grace of my Lord.
Here’s the thing I had to learn in all of this. When I minimize His grace, I minimize His gift. If I say that my debt is too big, I minimize the immeasurable price that was paid for my sin.
And so, my friend if you’re in that place of doubt–if you wonder if you too can find grace, take your eyes off of your sin and set them on Christ. Look to the One Who gave up His life. Look to the One Who emptied Himself of all that He had. Look to the one who loves and cares for you deeply. Look to the cross.
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Read The Story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” saith the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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