My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

What If Grace Is Real?

I didn’t know how to write this post so I avoided it. For weeks.

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I know what it is supposed to be about. I’m wrapping up my series Grace In The Real World. It’s supposed to be the pretty bow on top of the gift I send into the virtual world.

But it’s so hard to wrap pretty when I still don’t have my head wrapped around it. And that’s where I had it all wrong.

I don’t need to wrap my head around it. In fact, I’m not supposed to. Because I’m still here and I’m not God, shocking, I know. It’s not my job to wrap it up all pretty in my head or in my words.

This is my real life. And this is real grace.

  • I dozed off this morning (most mornings) while my middle school daughter was in the shower.
    • You’re a bad mom. You should be up before her, dressed and making her a nice breakfast.
    • Your daughter knows you love her. Always. grace
  • Staring at the numbers on the scale, I fight tears.
    • You’ll never lose the weight. You’re fat. You’re unhealthy and you always will be.
    • You are a beautiful child of God. Always. grace
  • This post was scheduled to be written weeks ago. My novel was supposed to be finished so very long ago.
    • You’ll never be a real writer.
    • You have a gift and today is a new day. Always. grace
  • I look at the other moms and I don’t measure up.
    • You’ll never be good enough. You will never fit in.
    • You are enough. Always. grace
Real grace is gentle as a whisper and piercing as a sword. Every time we choose grace we choose God. Every single time. It may not be wrapped up beautifully.
 Messy Grace
There is no wrapping that up.

And a series with such a real title should never really wrap up anyway. It should keep coming back, illustrating what real Grace looks like in the midst of real life. Grace is not a one and done lesson. It is a lifetime of developing and resting, sharpening and softening, holding on and letting go.

It may not be a weekly series, but I think God has a lot more to show us about Grace In The Real World. How will you choose grace today?


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. I love this! I constantly try to measure myself up to impossible standards. Grace in everything we do, in each breath we take. I’m learning it, too! I’m so glad I’m not alone!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s nice to know we’re in good company, isn’t it? Breathe in grace friend!

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