Awake to Grace

Linking with The Gypsy Mama for 5 minute Friday to jot down thoughts on Awake.


I awake to realize I failed. Guilt washes over.

Those 2 steps I thought I took forward were countered by 3 steps back. How I hate that about me. I think I’ve changed, only to find my old self resurfacing—sometimes uglier than before.

I know what I should do. But often I do just the opposite.

Nothing is left but to repent. Start over.

The beauty is that I can do just that! Restart. Refocused and renewed. All because of grace that is fresh and new every day, every moment.

God’s grace is bigger than my messes.

I don’t like my old self. I detest seeing it resurface. But with fresh grace, I can put it to sleep again and redeem that lost step. Perhaps tomorrow, I will awaken, realizing those 3 steps back were countered by 4 steps forward.

That’s the promise of a Father’s abounding love!


“For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate” (Romans 7:15, HCSB).

 “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:1–2, HCSB).

Have you found yourself taking more steps backward than forward? Does your old self resurface more than you like? Take heart, we have freedom in Christ Jesus! You can restart, refocus, and renew over and over again. Grace is fresh each and every moment.


By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

6 comments on “Awake to Grace
  1. Cheryl M says:

    Amazing! Amazing that I found Five Minute Friday and all you gals speaking of Faith and The Lord. If you read my Five Minute Share today, you’ll understand without me going into full blown detail here.
    Fantastic post!! I’m so glad I found this.

    • juliesunne says:

      So thankful you found us as well, Cheryl, and grateful that you find encouragement in my words. May you feel the richness of the Lord’s presence as you continue to pursue Him.

  2. hmmm. rich. and so true of so many of my days. thank you.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Yes, I do this dance: forward, in step with Him, and then back. I rejoice in Him never letting go of my hand, through it all. Thank you so much for your encouragement and truth here!

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