abide by – verb [to wait patiently for; to dwell or reside]
grace – noun [unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification]
As confusing and abstract Merriam-Webster has made this to seem, grace is truly simple and amazing. After reading the title of my blog you’re probably assuming everything upcoming will be bible verses and Christianese, and you could not possibly be more wrong. Yes I am a Christian, yes I believe it is important you know that before reading what I have to say, but I am not writing to preach. I am writing to share my journey abiding by grace, or living and waiting patiently for favor from God.
I am a new Christian who stumbles daily, much in the same way that I am a college student learning things the hard way. With one semester under my belt and the next coming quickly, I have acknowledged that I am different than I was just months ago. Six months ago I thought I had life made, after quitting my job to enjoy my last summer at home I did not have a care in the world. Five months ago I began the pre-college freak out which warranted a trip to the ER and more than one frightened parent. Four months ago I took my first steps onto what would become my home for the next four years. The past four months have been a whirlwind of events teaching me to not only live in the moment but to also cherish those around you because life can be extremely unpredictable. Weekends came and went, the parties seemed unending, but going out seemed to have lost its luster. As life calmed down and classes got tough I was struck with a harsh realization. Some people in my life had one thing in mind, and one thing only. Partying. I guess what I am trying to show is that in every step of our lives we are different, not necessarily a different person, but a different version. So here I am, finding my way. Waiting patiently to see what version is next. Here’s to wherever God takes me or whatever he puts on my heart.