Falling Into Grace

Falling into Grace | YogaFaith Instructor Stacey Young photographed in beautiful Park City, Utah by Kevin McInnis Photography

Falling into Grace | YogaFaith Instructor Stacey Young photographed in beautiful Park City, Utah by Kevin McInnis Photography

Welcome to Falling Into Grace! This is a weekly series to help you in not just a season change this fall, but a “chapter change”. We don’t know what that means to you, but we do know that God is doing something NEW and we don’t want to miss it. We know that what got us here today, is not going to work for what and where God is leading us into tomorrow.

Thank you for coming along this journey with us as we, quite literally and figuratively “fall” into His amazing grace. We pray these weekly meditations each Monday throughout September will help you draw closer to the heart of God and His definition of grace. More importantly, how we can live it out in practical ways and be conduits of grace…extending freely what He so freely extends to us.

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Falling Into Grace Part I, Days 1-5 | Week One

Monday | by Michelle Thielen

23f1197dc00e714f9ba5055d10a81284Definitions found on grace to begin our time together:

Simple elegance or refinement of movement. “she moved through the water with effortless grace”

This reminds me of what we do in YogaFaith. Our body is our prayer, moving and flowing in His grace, is our worship.

2. The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

a divinely given talent or blessing. “The graces of the Holy Spirit”
His grace is sufficient. Receive it today, this great grace! Grace piled upon grace!
Monday’s Soul Work: Choose a Restorative Posture we recommend Modified Savasana as shown, with a block between the shoulder blades to lift and open the heart. Use a blanket and an eye pillow.

Corpse mod3

Before getting too comfortable, push play on this youtube video:

Soweto Gospel Choir’s Amazing Grace,

Here receive the words. Allow your heart to fully absorb here, you have 8 minutes of rest and basking in the truth of this famous song.

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Tuesday | Joel Osteen

0588c2_60257614ac7a425bb92b09ce2aa0cebd-mv2“Do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.” (Proverbs 3:21–22, NIV)

An Ornament of Grace
No matter what decisions you may be facing today, God wants to equip you and empower you to make the right choices. Today’s verse tells us that seeking wisdom and discretion brings life and is “an ornament of grace.” How do we seek wisdom and discretion? By making the Word of God a priority. The answer to every situation we face is addressed in God’s Word either directly or by principle. When God’s Word is the final authority in your life, His grace will empower you to live victoriously.

Verses 23 through 26 go on to say, “Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”
Today, I encourage you to put God’s Word first. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study. Follow His commands and open the way for His grace to cover you. Let His grace empower you to dwell in safety and rest securely all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

“Father God, thank You for Your Word which is life and health to me. I submit myself to You knowing that You have good things in store for my future. I will hide Your word in my heart so that I can receive Your grace and walk in Your ways in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Tuesday’s Soul Work: Let His grace empower you to dwell in safety and rest securely….(as integrated from above). As you go throughout your day or are laying your head down in a few minutes, remind yourself constantly: REST SECURELY. DWELL IN SAFETY. Then ask yourself, “Who else can I tell these 5 words to? Who needs to hear this message?” Commit to telling them face to face, a phone call or via text.

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Wednesday | Leanne Winslow

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Food is a gift from God. In Genesis 1:29 we see God give the gift of food. (And everyone said, “Amen!”)Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.Though it is essential to survive, food and eating are also enjoyable. Next time you enjoy your favorite food, take a moment to truly view it as a gift, an expression of God’s grace. Thoughtfully choose what you will eat and to prepare it, treating it like the gift it is.

When we look at food in the light of God’s grace and view it as a gift, we begin to consider what and how we eat. Do you think there are foods that help or hinder us in glorifying God? Do you think there are ways we can eat and prepare food that will do the same? Well, yes. Foods that provide nutrition and improve our bodies and minds will help us. Food that is prepared with intention, by hands that seek to love those who eat it, will maximize the benefit of eating that food. Whenever possible, prepare and eat food in community, sharing the table the Lord has provided.

I wanted to share a recipe that would help us to feel blessed when we eat it, but also provide nutrition to build our bodies for God’s glory. This sweet treat is eaten during a time of feasting, when we fully receive the bounty of creation. I stayed true to what, maybe, Jesus would have eaten; dried fruits and nuts. No refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, or preservatives. I invite you to prepare this treat with the intention to glorify God and to lovingly share it in communion with our brothers and sister and also non-believers.

PRAYER

Lord, we are so grateful for your limitless love and grace. Though we are sinners who come to you filthy, you cleanse us so we can come into your light. Thank you for the gift of food, may we never take for granted the abundance you have blessed us with. As we enjoy the literal fruits in our lives, let us seek to be fruitful as we glorify you. Let us remember with each sweet bite, the sweetness awaiting us in your Kingdom. Amen.
Wednesday’s Soul Work:

Salted “Caramel” Date Bites: Though not technically caramel, this combination delivers everything you love about caramel, from the silky texture to the sweet indulgence. This recipe is Vegan, Gluten-free, Low-fat, and Sugar-free and delivers fiber, a bit of protein, magnesium, vitamin B-6, and vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon himalayan salt

Steps:

  1. Soaked dried fruit in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place ingredients in food processor, pulse until mixture forms a paste.
  3. Scrape down sides of food processor as needed.
  4. Dip hands into cold water and roll mixture into bite-sized balls.
  5. Chill thoroughly, serve cold.

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Thursday | Louise LeGrand

louise graceGive ear, O Lord, to my prayer, listen to my plea for grace. Psalm 86:6 ESV I recently heard a woman speak of suffering from a rare disease consisting of persistent headaches, every day, all day. There is no relief, no cure. She spoke through tears and conviction, “I have to depend on God to help me do everything I need to do every day.”

Grace is not her luxury, it is her necessity.

 This is convicting to me. To be honest, I know that I need just as much grace as she does, but I just ‘get by’ most days. I want to live by God’s power, but I don’t ask.

 I also know this is true: when I step onto my yoga mat, God is always there to meet me. To witness his power in my weakness, I just need to ask him to give ear. 

 How often we forget. God led Noah and his boat, the Israelites in the wilderness, the lambs by the waters, and Paul’s ship to shore. 

 “May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance.” 2 Thess 3:5 MSG

Louise LeGrand, YogaFaith Trainer, Minnesota

Thursday’s Soul Work: Write on a piece of paper, or journal, what God has graced you to do? Maybe look at Monday’s definition or research some on your own. I love reading the numerous variations of definitions on grace! But God has graced you immensely in this area ________________. Write down those graces, gifts, talents and skills.

Then, pray, ponder and write again. Ask the Lord how He can use what He has graced you to do, not only for His glory (the most important use), but how you can do it full time?

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Friday | Michelle Thielen, John Newton & Jennifer Tucker

img048By His grace we made it to Friday! We started with it and we are going to end it with it! Amazing Grace!I was recently asked by a great friend to Pray In Color in her personal bible that she used in college. As she prepares for a Chapter Change in becoming a new wife, I was told her, “Wow, what an honor! What an incredible idea! Where did you get it from?” She replied, “You!” We both had a good laugh, as this is one of my favorite, creative ways to worship the Lord. Then I thought, “Gosh, my bible is so personal I couldn’t imagine letting others ‘into’ it, draw, scribble, paint…’or do whatever you want’ as she suggested.” When I received the box, I let it sit unopened for a couple days, praying about where and what I wanted to devote to her. This strong woman of God that we have done some life together in such a short amount of time and we come through without smelling like smoke. (THAT would have been a good passage…darn…next time!)

I thought I’ll do my favorite passage. No….this is about her! Ok, the Lord blessed me with a passage on union and love that is the core of my own marriage. So I consecrated that to her new Chapter Change, the the Lord gave me more, so I followed His Spirit. The finished product was amazing in my husband’s opinion. But I wan’t too in love-I surrendered my perfectionism and what I thought it had to look like, you know the photos of Bible Art on Pinterest.

img049But what God took me through, was a time of worship and grace. You see the reason why I love Praying in Color is that we GET TO meditate on Him, or the people we are standing in the gap for, or simply, we just want to color because it is relaxing and sometimes we just don’t have words but NEED to get in His word-even if that means scribbling on His very promises.

My Praying in Color wasn’t about me. It was His grace coming through the pencils. He used my gift to glorify Him and bless someone else, these two things are what satisfies the soul.

I invite you to do the same. Jennifer Tucker is providing the artwork, John Newton is providing the words. (Author of Amazing Grace) So, even if this is your very first time, this will be easy peasy!

Friday’s Soul Work:

  • Praying In Color, use Amazing Grace Handout, as shown (Right Click to save, then print)
  • Read the back, as shown
  • Use YogaFaith’s Soul Shine Playlist, I would recommend you play this while meditating on His grace, and your purpose, but of course you can use your favorite worship or instrumental music.
  • Quieting your anxious thoughts and heart and allowing your soul to shine because of His magnificent grace!

During Your Weekend: Think about all the elements of grace that you have learned, how God has spoken uniquely to you during the week’s activities. Continue to walk in grace, be a vessel of grace and practice extending even more grace to those that cross your path this weekend.

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Falling Into Grace Part 2, Days 1-5 | Week Two

Monday | Holly Nea

If you don’t have a full hour for this full length YogaFaith Grace Class with Holly Neal, it’s ok, watch and do what you can, come back where you left off, because you don’t want to is it. This class includes a lot of instructional guidelines as well, so get ready to really learn about alignment and postures, later on in Falling into Grace, this will come in handy for another Grace Class.holly-grace-classWatch HERE

Tuesday | Jody Thomae

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Click HERE for Jody’s trUe BEaUty PDF true-beauty

Playback Number: 641 715-0709
Access code: 879606#
Reference Number: 3 (YogaFaith VBS Chptr 3)

I would definitely recommend her book, we are half way through this Virtual Bible Study and I kid you not, this book has awakened my creative spirit to my Creator’s Spirit like it hasn’t been in a very long time!

Wednesday | Valerie Dawdy

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Valerie Dawdy, YogaFaith Instructor in Michigan

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace lately. The grace that has been fully given me, but I have trouble receiving fully.
Because I hide.
To some extent, we all have a “fakeness” about us. Things we want hidden and not exposed for what they are.
If Paul can say the things he should do, he doesn’t, and the things he shouldn’t do, he does, I think it’s safe to say we all struggle.
As I come out of hiding, the more free I am to receive grace. I open myself to accepting, trusting, and loving a God who loves me, wants the best for me, and who floods my dark, hidden places with the light of his grace. And the more I am free to accept His grace, the more I am free to extend grace.

I have been asking myself these questions I read from Dr. Kai Nilsen:

“What kind of people do you have the hardest time seeing God’s presence in? How could you learn more about “those people,” whoever those people are for you?”
“What would it be like to imagine them through the eyes of God’s grace, just as God sees you?”
God, in your greatness of love and grace, you gently reveal the ways I hide. And then instead of condemning me, you take my hand and lift me out of a pit of guilt and shame. I long to fully receive what you fully offer. I long to offer to others what you have offered to me. Come, Lord Jesus. Continue to come.

Originally written on Valerie’s Blog

Thursday |  Matti Haapoja and Grandpa Ukki

rhythms-of-graceMatthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Watch this 2 minute video on the Rhythms of Grace and how one can be transformed by the rhythms of out Creator’s grace.Throughout today ponder these words from Grandpa Ukki:

We are created in God’s image and long for freedom….come, get away from the noise, fears and burdens that hold us captive…..Breathe deeply, hear clearly, and know that we are alive…

Ask yourself: What strongholds keep you captive, hold you hostage from freedom in Christ and what He needs you to be doing?

Friday | Rose Foster

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Rose Baker, YogaFaith Instructor in Michigan

GRACE in all seasons

To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Four years ago I found myself in a new season of life; unexpectedly retired so that I could care for my two moms… My husband’s mom – Avis, and then later that year, my mom – Ginger, also moved in with us.  I needed GRACE!  Every day I looked for ways to let graceFLOW out of me.  I quickly realized how much kindness matters.  Everyone wants to be treated with kindness. It makes us feel special regardless of our age.  I hung this sign in my special place so that I could remind myself daily of my new role.  

I also found these verses had new meaning in my heart, “…clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” -Colossians 3:12 and “but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control..” -Galatians 5:22.  And, “forbearance” became my new favorite word, “patient self-control; restraint & tolerance.”

Once I adjusted my pace, I was able to relax and enjoy this next part of my journey. The change of pace actually helped me to renew and refresh my spirit.  I now hope to be able to age as graceFULLY as Avis and Ginger have and it has been a blessing to be part of this season of their lives.  I’m also sure that’s what God intended for me!  Plus I found time to follow my heart’s passion through YogaFaith ☺!

 

A Prayer for Today:

Dear Heavenly Father, let my words be filled with gentleness and kindness that others might be encouraged and uplifted.  Lord today I pray for each other, that we allow God to love us and that we allow God to love others through us.  May we feel God’s peace and love in our hearts and share little joys to one another. Amen, Amen, and AMEN

Soul  Work:

Choose one person you know, one person you don’t know, and do something kind for them… and don’t let them know it was you.  Let graceFLOW out of YOU!

This weekend, allow all that you have learned to be put into application-be a DOer, not just a reader or hear-er.

Falling Into Grace Part 3, Days 1-5 | Week Three

Monday | by Michelle Tornetta

michelle-tornetta-graceExtra Grace RequiredWatch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1,2 (MSG)

Do you have a few EGR’s in your life . . . you know, the ones that Extra Grace is Required to deal with?  The world, and particularly the Church is full of EGR’s.  How can we extend to them the same grace that has been extended to us by Jesus Christ?

  1. Humility. When we remember the extravagant grace that has been lavished on us in our unlovely and sin-filled condition, it should bring a humble spirit that is quick to offer grace to others.  Who are we to stand in judgment of others and decide who is worthy of grace and who is not?  

Philip Yancey’s definition of grace: Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less. It means that I, even I who deserve the opposite, am invited to take my place at the table in God’s family.

2. Imitate Christ.  Watch how Jesus loves the unlovable in the Gospels.  Learn from Him and imitate Him.  Jesus had a reputation for being the one who loved sinners. By loving those that are difficult to love, we show God how much we love Him.  

3. See Christ in each person.  If we truly look someone in the eye and see them as Christ’s special creation, stopping to listen and learn their stories, our entire perspective changes.  Some of my good friends started out as people that rubbed me wrong like sandpaper. But when I got to know them, I loved them for their differences.  

As Dorothy Day put it “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

A Prayer for Today:  Jesus, would you give me the grace to love as you love, extravagantly and purely.  Help me love those who I find hard to love. I want to see them as your precious creation.

Soul Work:

Think of one person that you frequently try to avoid because they rub you the wrong way. Now ask God to help you intentionally approach them this week and extend grace is some small way, perhaps writing them a note, taking time to ask them, “what’s your story”, or buying them a cup of coffee. Pay attention to the grace God extends to you as you practice grace-giving.

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Tuesday | Holly Neal shared this from Dr. Dave Anderson

Submitted by Holly Neal, a 30 minute podcast that you can listen as you lie in Savasana or commute to work. Grace VS Legalism Click HERE or copy & paste url: http://www.gsot.edu/savinggrace/grace-vs-legalism/gracet

Wednesday | Jody Thomae

jody-danceDANCING IN THE RIVER: A MEDITATION ON PSALM 65

Oh, visit the earth, ask her to join the dance!
Deck her out in spring showers,
fill the God-River with living water.
Paint the wheat fields golden.
Creation was made for this!
Drench the plowed fields,
soak the dirt clods
With rainfall as harrow and rake
bring her to blossom and fruit.
Snow-crown the peaks with splendor,
scatter rose petals down your paths,
All through the wild meadows, rose petals.

Set the hills to dancing,
Dress the canyon walls with live sheep,
a drape of flax across the valleys.
Let them shout, and shout, and shout!
Oh, oh, let them sing! (Psalm 65:9-13 MSG)


I love The Message translation of this psalm. When I read Psalm 65 in other translations, I am tempted to pass over it as antiquated words celebrating a harvest long-past. While the harvest was especially important for the ancient people of Israel, I suppose the modern-day fast-food “connoisseur” in me is not as moved by this hymn of praise. Yet this translation beckons me to slow down and to experience it in a whole new light.

The photo above was taken by my friend Heidi. She had asked me to meet her at our local state park to take some photos that would allow her to play with light, movement and color. Dressed in my dance attire I stepped out of my car, just slightly self-conscience of my appearance. I mean, who wears white, flowy dresses to hike the trails? But soon we got started, and I danced away my embarrassment as we began this creative experiment immersed in the beauty of God’s creation. After taking many photos near the chapel there, I suggested we move our shoot to the river.

I stepped gingerly into the cold water—with sandals on so as not to hurt my feet on the sharp rocks below the surface. I “danced” the best I could, trying to avoid splashing the water up on my dress. I kept to the edge—not wanting to wander out too deep—all the while playing it safe.

Later I visited Heidi at her studio and was amazed by the images I saw. I was captivated by the way the light created orbs and rays over head. I know that low light is normally a photographer’s best friend, but in this case, the opposite was found true. The light created a transcendence to the images that we both found mesmerizing.

Psalm 65 is labeled by the Hebrew writer as a shiyr and mizmor, a combination of psalm and song, or according to Charles Spurgeon, “A Lyrical Poem,” which meant it could be read or sung. In the original language, God is pictured as surveyor, overseer and care-taker of the land. However, in Eugene Peterson’s translation He is pictured instead as the ultimate Renaissance artist—creator, painter, decorator and dancer, all in one!
The early church theologian Origen believed that in the verses above the psalmist was foretelling “the gracious outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the conversion of the nations of the earth to Christ.” God’s Spirit being poured out lavishly upon the earth and covering the land! The God-river is filled with Living Water!

Yet there I am, in the picture above and in my life, playing it safe, afraid to venture too far in for fear of being swept away. And I know I am not alone in this fainthearted hesitancy. God’s river teaming with Life, and we dance cautiously at the edge afraid to get wet.  His light shines over us as we look down below the surface for fear of sharp, rocky places. God is inviting us to join in the dance! To shout, and shout, and shout! To sing! Yet we keep quiet, still, motionless, with our songs lodged in our throats.

The Prophet Ezekiel was shown a beautiful vision of a River of Healing flowing from the Temple in Jerusalem. Ezekiel lived and prophesied during the exile of the Israelite nation, so he was prophesying about a future river that would flow from a restored Temple in the New Jerusalem when their enemy Babylon no longer held them captive. The river starts as a trickle—ankle-deep—but it soon rises to waist-deep, then deep enough to swim in—over the head!! The Apostle John also writes of the River of Life flowing from the Throne of God in a future New Jerusalem when the Lamb of God is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. These Rivers, which represent the Spirit of God, bring life, healing, fruit and restoration wherever they flow.

Psalm 46:4 says: “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.” Let us dance in that river, O Lord! The River of Life that flows from the throne of God! That is where we want to be—to dance, to shout, to sing! Banish our fears! Help us to wade deeper in—ankle-deep, waist-deep, over our heads!  Even more, to dive in and under, into the rush of your Living Waters. Yes, deeper, Lord, deeper!


We will dance, sing and shout of Your glory, O Great God!
by Jody Thomae, author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You” and RYFT  
Originally Posted on Jody’s Blog 

Thursday |  Michelle Thielen

flowing-in-his-graceFlowing in His Grace YogaFaith 7 minute Video

If time allows, watch twice. The first absorb whole worship, and complete surrender. The second join me, or simply flow in His grace with your own body prayer.

Friday | Collection

9738cf01316e9d0f5f034944b5192539Today, ponder what we have learned about grace inthe last few weeks. What has deeply resonated with you? Think of a craft that resembles the grace lesson that has touched you the most.

Do this craft/project today and into the weekend, perhaps by yourself meditating on the great gift of grace, or include a friend or your family. I have included a few photos of inspiration.

I love them all for different reasons; the acorns in the candles remind me of how something so tiny can turn into something so large and rooted because of God’s miraculous grace.

I love the earth toned pumpkin centerpieces wrapped in dead sticks. It reminds me of the hidden beauty that comes from something dying, this center piece will remind me of our Falling Into Grace, as does the others. I also love the fall leaves with a bright light coming from within.

Here we have learned, as Rose did last week, to simply be, extend, and offer…..graceFLOW. We can “glow in the dark!”

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diy-glittery-fall-decorations_0003Falling Into His Grace..….what will remind you of this?

As you use your hands to meditate and make something for your home that reminds you, perhaps to have Extra Grace as Michelle Tornetta reminds us to, or to constantly Flow in His Grace as yesterday’s video described.

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Enjoy this time alone or with a loved one. Google DIY Fall Crafts or Grace Project if you need inspiration, find a project that speaks to you based on the best grace lesson you have learned so far in these 3 weeks.

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Falling Into Grace Part 4, Days 1-5 | Week Four

Monday | Michelle Tornetta

Receiving Grace for YourselfmtSometimes I find it easier to extend grace than to receive it or grant it to myself. This is most evident when I have sinned or wronged someone and asked for forgiveness. They forgive me. But now the hard part, am I able to forgive yourself?

But there are more subtle ways we need to extend ourselves grace, including on our yoga mat. For example, I’m in a class and I just don’t feel up to par. I’m having trouble focusing, my balance is not good, and I don’t feel strong. Everyone around me seems to be having a stellar day. I can push myself beyond my capacity and ability and compare myself with everyone else, or I can be present to my body and respect my limitations. This is grace. I can stay within my limits and not beat myself up. I can say to myself with grace and acceptance, “Today, I will be present and respectful of myself and I can leave my mat knowing God was with me and He loves me now, right where I am. I am enough.”

My daughter teaches me grace every day. She had a stroke at birth and has physical and mental disabilities. She is now 20 and beginning to try out different jobs. She also loves to do yoga. I see her on her mat, watching others, but feeling free to modify her poses to work within her limits. Occasionally she falls over. When she messes up, she is not embarrassed and she does not give up. In fact, she laughs at herself and gets right back up with a smile on her face. She teaches me how to grant myself grace.

A Prayer for Today:
Father, I know you love me. Help me love myself the way you love me. Help me accept my weaknesses, my limitations, my mistakes. You know everything about me and sing songs of grace over me.

Soul Work:
Most of the time, we can accept that God loves us right where we are at, in our present state. The question is, can you love yourself exactly where you are at in your journey? We all want to change something about ourselves. Can you extend grace to yourself today and rest in the place you are currently at, not wishing you were different, better, or somewhere else along the road?
Read Psalm 139 and Zephaniah 3:17

Tuesday | Monette Benjamin

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EGR Part IIAs I have been reading and contemplating these past couple of weeks about grace, my mind wandered to a time, quite a few years ago, when I lived with roommates and we were trying to understand the concept of grace and all of the people we encountered that needed Extra Grace Required as we learned from Michelle Tornetta in last week’s series.So what do we do when EGR’s cross our path? How do we respond? It’s with the people and situations that I find most taxing, that I realize, I do not have a lot of other options, than to practice, Extra Grace Required.

That extra storage of grace does not come from myself, but from God. It is God who gifts me, gifts us, with this supernatural ability to be patient, understanding, forgiving, compassionate, empathetic and loving beyond what I naturally, or humanly, could ever muster up. The catch is, I need to ask him to help me in times when Extra Grace is Required, and the reality is, he always does!

And further still, as I have been reflecting on this idea of Extra Grace Required, I have shifted my perspective from years ago and I notice that, I too, am so many times in the position of Extra Grace Required from those around me. I am in the position of receiving Extra Grace from God himself. So many times I am needy, whinny, awkward, annoying, complaining….. And yet, I can go to God and he always has more grace for me. God does not let me remain in my immaturity, but he is never dismissive of the state that I am in.

Through His Grace, not only am I saved, but I am loved and accepted. I will never be perfect, I will always be in need of grace, but I have the assurance of his grace to propel me forward and onward; out of my whining, complaining, needy self, to become the person God has created me to be.

Lately, on my yoga mat, I have been thanking God for his grace, it is sometimes so hard to grasp. I have been desperately asking God to help me extend extra grace to those in my life whom I am challenged by.

As I move through poses on my mat, I am reminded of the beautiful flow of grace in an through me.
God pours it in, so I can pour it out!

Grace Reflection | Action

Have a conversation with God about these questions: Who in my life is an EGR? Whom may I be an EGR to? How is grace practiced in, and through my life? How can I begin to better understand the un-human, un-natural concept of Grace? How can I more fully accept the grace that God extends to me?

Graceful Yoga-Put together five yoga postures that somehow represent grace and practice them as an act of GRACEfull flowing worship to God!

Wednesday | 2 Peter 3:18

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Grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Meditate on this scripture today, “chew on it” all day. Allow it to be absorbed into your mind, body, spirit and soul.
How can you grow in grace from here on out?
Align everything throughout your days to the “true knowledge” of our Lord.
Perhaps you make your decisions by asking yourself: “ Will this glorify God?’

Thursday | Kathy Stephens

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Take a moment to gaze upon this bridge. What do you see?
If I was to ask you what takes you OVER In times of trouble, despair, fear, disappointment, grief, illness what might you say? When you come to those bumps in the road, WHO or WHAT carries you OVER?How do you get from POINT A to POINT B? Who or What is the BRIDGE in your life that holds you up, keeps your feet out of the miry clay, mends your broken heart and allows you to keep moving without interruption?I’ve always loved the Bay Bridge as you go around MOBILE. I was lucky enough to catch this shot coming home one time. I love all the architectural aspects of this bridge. The huge steel cables connecting the TOP of the bridge to the actual road. Reminds me of the Great strength that GOD has to hold us UP. #‎carryusinourtimeofneed‬.

If you look really close you will see two big H’s. Another piece of architecture that is pretty cool. Honestly I didn’t even see those while taking the picture cause I was driving with one knee with camera in hand.
I only saw them after getting home and uploading the picture. Isn’t that how GOD works sometimes. He is right in the middle of our situation. Carrying us, holding us up, protecting us from things. Sometimes we are aware of His presence and sometimes we are not.

Many months have gone by since my heart was broken into. Since God called Dennis home. In seeking God everyday I find myself looking at situations different, I look at people different, I find myself looking at church different, my communication is different. Lets just say ‎MY ROADS ARE DIFFERENT‬.

Let me ask you. “Are you on a BRIDGE right now in your life?” “Has HE set up another way of escape for you again?” “IS HE carrying you over?”

In Isaiah 41:10 it says Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. ( I’m carrying you over) Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. ( SEE the Bridge ahead) I will strengthen you and help you. (Don’t you see my cables are strong ) I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (My hand…….. Your bridge of LIFE)……

He is the BRIDGE BUILDER….. In that there is GRACE……

Kathy Stephens
Originally posted on Kathy’s Blog
http://www.kathystephens.com/

Friday | Rainier1519

I Once Was Lost
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=I+ONCE+WAS+LOST+AMAZING+GRACE&view=detail&mid=338053D57EA6798CD1E9338053D57EA6798CD1E9&FORM=VIRE
After watching this video, ponder and/or journal the evidence of God’s grace in your personal life.
Were you once lost? Are you still lost? Would you like to be found? Healed? Free?
Or if you have overcome and know that you know that you are no longer lost, who can you help “find”? Challenge yourself to make an effort to “find” others by being the hands and feet of God….every single day.
Go in God’s grace.
We love you, the YogaFaith Family.
Our next series will be in January/; Our annual Be Still Challenge.Final Thoughts with Holly Neal

Listen here, perhaps with eyes closed or laying down, or “flow in His grace” for 1 minute and 37 seconds.