Embrace Grace Bible Study: An Open Door

Embrace Grace Bible Study Blog with Liz Curtis Higgs

Wanna know a secret? I wrote the whole of Embrace Grace before I wrote the opening. The first draft began with, “The forgiven life. The grace-filled life.” All well and good, but I didn’t exactly invite you in and offer you a chair, did I?

Something had to be done. I wanted you to feel wrapped in God’s loving embrace from page one.

So, I prayed at length, and then typed the words, “I’ve been waiting for you. Holding this good news close to my heart…”

My eyes filled with tears. Yes, Lord. That’s it.

Soon an image came to mind: scratchy wool coats of guilt and regret, weighing us down

Heavy Winter Coats

Then I pictured us taking off those heavy winter coats and hanging them up for good. Thank you, dear Jesus. You alone make that possible.

Of all the books I’ve ever written and all the messages I’ve ever spoken, this is the one I care about most. Why? Because only God’s grace can set us free. And because I long for every believer to experience the Forgiven Life—especially you!

If you’ve ever heard or read my Former Bad Girl testimony, you know how desperately I need the grace of God—not only for those ten Bad Girl years, but also for every hour since I stumbled out of the baptistry. More on that when we reach the chapter “Embrace Sin.” (Eek!)

For the moment, let’s turn to the opening epigraph, taken from the book of Romans, meant to capture the heart of Embrace Grace. (If you’re reading on Kindle, your e-book probably opened to page one. Just back up two pages and you’ll be all set.)

Book of Romans

Now, compare what’s in my book to what’s in your Bible, and you’ll see I quoted only the second half of verse one and the first half of verse two, hoping to emphasize the word peace at the start and grace at the end.

Great, Liz. But you left out the most important part!

Right. Now is the perfect time to fix that. Here’s the whole passage, which neatly sums up this week’s lesson.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Honey, that is a mouthful. Actually, a plateful. Let’s carve it into bite-size pieces.

Therefore… Romans 5:1

This word points to something vital in the previous chapter of Romans. There, Paul focuses on the difference between faith and works in the life of Abraham, an old man whose wife, Sarah, was past the age of childbearing. Even so, God told Abraham that Sarah would bear him a son.

Crazy as it sounded, Abraham had to take God’s promise on faith. As the Word so beautifully puts it, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed” (Romans 4:18).

Even so, he believed.

However you translate it, this is a truth worth jotting down in your journal, worth committing to memory, worth hiding inside your heart:

“He was past hope, yet in hope he trusted” (CJB).
“When it all seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith in God” (CEV).
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping” (NLT).

He believed. He hoped. He trusted.

“The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless” (Romans 4:24 MSG).

Resurrect a dead body? Can’t be done. Oh, that’s right. It has been done.

When we say we have faith, we’re saying that we believe God raised his Son from the dead, and that he can and will do the same for us.

Think of some issue in your life that seems…well, impossible. What would happen if you believed? if you hoped? if you trusted?

Suppose you said, “Lord, I don’t know how you’re going to manage this, but I don’t need to know how. I only need to know Who.”

That’s what it means to embrace grace. It means we hang onto this thing called faith and run with it, like Abe did.

Judge's Gavel

…since we have been justified through faith,… Romans 5:1

I don’t know about you, but the word justified trips me up. It sounds so legal, so formal. Or worse, like we’re making excuses, trying to justify our bad behavior.

But we don’t justify ourselves; that’s entirely God’s doing. Because of his gift of grace, we’re “acquitted” (AMP). Off the hook, if you will. Set free. “Put right with God” (GNT) and “declared not guilty” (OJB).

It’s the best news in town, beloved. Especially when you consider what a big yield our tiny mustard seed of faith produces.

…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… Romans 5:1

Peace. It’s what we pray for, long for, plead for—at home, at work, and all around the globe.

I feel a momentary sense of peace when my house is clean, my family is sleeping, and I’m holding an armload of freshly folded bath towels, still warm from the dryer. But that sort of peace is so temporary it’s laughable. Within hours sticky crumbs will cover my kitchen counters, and wet towels will hang limp over the banister in the hall.

Peace with God is different. It’s a forever kind of peace, a peace that truly matters, a peace that can’t be earned nor taken away. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27), Jesus told his followers.

On our own? We have no peace with God. Through Christ? Total peace with God.

Jesus is the One who makes the impossible possible. He is the One who brings us “into this place of undeserved privilege” (NLT).

If you need more peace in your life, you need more Jesus.

…through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. Romans 5:2

I love how Eugene Peterson phrases this passage: “We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us.” Romans 5:2 MSG ). Yes, yes, yes.

An Open Door

Jesus isn’t merely a gatekeeper; he’s the entranceway itself: “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9). And, as we read at the start of our chapter, “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8).

Jesus is that open door. He is the one who invites us to enter into his grace, his peace. And he doesn’t mean for us to simply walk in, but to stay there and make ourselves at home. Maybe bring a bunch of people along with us, while we’re at it.

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

Rejoice, dear one! Again I say, rejoice! We rejoice in the hope he gives us, and celebrate the fact that he will be glorified, and not us.

When I share my testimony, it’s never meant to glorify sin; it’s meant to glorify God. That’s why I keep the sordid details to a minimum. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That says it all. And you gotta love that exclamation point. Rejoice!

Believe me when I tell you, thirty years ago I did not get my act together then come seeking God. Quite the opposite. God opened the door and waved me in. He bathed me, dressed me in clean clothes, and called me his daughter.

Talk about “Ta-da!”

Woman with Arms Upraised

Now, it’s your turn:

At the close of the chapter, I offer an invitation to release your burdens and lift your arms toward the One who loves you most. Sometimes in order to embrace the grace of God, we have to let go of something first. What might you need to release, in order to receive his mercy in all its fullness?

As for the three questions I posed at the end of the chapter, my own answers are already woven throughout the text of the book, so I’ll include just a brief response below. How might you answer them, the second one in particular?

  • When, if ever, have you been aware of God’s tender embrace?

In that hour when I reached the bottom of my pit, I suddenly realized I was not alone. God was there—had been there, all along—right by my side, loving me through it all. The sense of his presence was very humbling. And yet so comforting.

  • What words do you wish God would whisper in your ear?

You are loved. All is forgiven. I can never hear those truths often enough. His love is unceasing and unconditional. His forgiveness covers all our sins—all. On days when the world is cruel or my sin overwhelms me, these simple words keep me going.

  • Are all things possible with God? How can you be sure of your answer?

The Bible states it clearly, and God’s miracles prove it unquestionably: “What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). When hope begins to falter and doubt creeps in, this verse never fails to bolster my faith.

And so our journey through Embrace Grace has begun! Kindly post your comments online so others will be encouraged. (If you’re reading this via email, click on the title at the top to reach the blog). Next week we’ll Embrace Doubt—not for good, but definitely long enough to get real.

Until then, I’ll be praying for a peace-filled week for each one of us!

Your sister, Liz

84 Responses to Embrace Grace Bible Study: An Open Door

  1. Betsy C. January 2, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    1) I’ve felt God’s sweet embrace many times: through loss of pre-born children; through hateful words spoken about my family members; through personal, physical violation.

    2) I would love to hear the words, “your prayers are heard and will be answered according to My will”. I know that my prayers are heard and that He will answer them, but to hear Him whisper to me would be all kinds of sweet!

    3) I believe that all things are possible. If He wills it, it will be done! We were discussing this verse last night as well as Phil. 4:13 — “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” I can be sure of this because there is no way I would say “I can’t” when I know He can and he lives in me!

    Happy New Year, Liz!

    • gina January 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      If Jesus could whisper in my ear, I would like to hear “I am here. Do not be afraid”.

  2. Linda January 2, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    If you need more peace in your life, you need more Jesus.

    This was just perfect Liz! No matter what situation makes me irritated, I just need to remember to include Jesus in the moment.

    When you spoke of Jesus being an entryway, I couldn’t help but remember stepping into Whitehorse close. It felt secluded only steps away from the busy street, peaceful and yet not alone…neighbors. This is how my life with Christ feels. Now, I just have to remember to keep walking in all during the day, especially when the little things try to undo that feeling of peace.

  3. Julie January 2, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I was aware of God’s tender embrace just now as I was contemplating the words I most wanted to hear God whisper in my ear. I wished to hear ” I have a plan for you, a purpose for you to pursue”. He embraced me with His words….Jer 29:11″I know the plans I have for you…” Ps 25:12 He will instruct me in the way chosen for me….Ps 73:23-26 He holds my hand and guides me with His counsel…and many more. He embraced me with His presence ….what joy!.Ps16:11.

  4. Jan January 2, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    What a wonderful way to start out the New Year! Embrace Grace is the book that introduced me to Liz and has made such a difference in my life. Thank you Liz!

    • Razella January 4, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Embrace Grace is also how I became introduced to Liz! I agree, it is a wonderful way to start out this New Year, and I’m glad that I caught it so I could join it with all of you amazing women!

  5. Wanda January 2, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I have sensed God’s tender embrace as I have read this post this morning. What I have made so hard all the years of my spiritual journey, He has made very clear to me this morning through the words…His words, that you have used in your teaching this morning. Grace is so much more clear to me now….and I thankfully, gratefully receive it in a way I don’t think I ever have before! Feeling so blessed that God directed me to this blog…thank you so much….determining to embrace grace in 2013.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Your comments made me teary, Wanda. Praise God for his faithfulness! May he bless your journey of renewal this year.

  6. Stacy Mc January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    What a great question. I realize that God has probably embraced me but I don’t think I have ever been aware of it or “felt” it. Instead I have been filled with doubt and fear. But I see through other’s comments that it can be something as simple as a few words that make me realize God is God. 2) I would love to hear that I am His. I just can’t seem to get that reassurance. 3) All things are possible for God but what that means for me I’m not sure.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Dear Stacy, how I wish you were here with me right now, so I could hug you tight and whisper God’s sweet words in your ear: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1)

      And here’s the exciting news about that possible/impossible thing: the Word doesn’t say “all things are possible FOR God;” it says “all things are possible WITH God.” Big difference, right? Jesus himself said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” It’s God IN us and working THROUGH us that makes all things possible. Be encouraged, Stacy. You have come to the right place. Praying for you!

  7. Debbie k January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I have felt my sweet Jesus’s arms wrapping around me through the loss of my youngest son. Time after time when I give up He holds me and carries me. I love Him so.

  8. Judith Picard January 2, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I would love to hear the whisper of God. All is well my child, I am in control of your life & I am in control this world. As bad as everything looks at times I am in control. I will lift your oppression and discard your depression. You are totally delivered from these two things. I embrace You grace, Lord. Thank you Liz & Blessed New Year

    • Toni January 3, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      I want to hear God’s whispers telling me that I will get through this that soon there will not be so much stress and strife!

  9. Julie January 2, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    My sister forwarded me this blog, what a great way to start this year!! I, too, had several years “lost” and I am so blessed by God’s grace. Thanks so much for the breakdown of scripture.

    Julie

  10. Jean January 2, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    As a mother of five kids, all teens and twenty-somethings, I would love to hear God whisper in my ear, “I’m not embarrassed of you. You are who I made you to be.”

    • Karla January 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Jean,
      As a mother of 5 kids in their twenties and teens, you have worked so hard! You have given your life to one of the most important jobs there is! God is not embarrassed of you, I think his face shines when he thinks of you, with pride.

    • colleen January 13, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Yes!! I understand, Jean ~ your precious words of longing to hear this from Jesus made my heart leap ~ and ~ it was God using YOU to whisper that in my ear. I didn’t even realize I needed to hear this!! …and… I say them back to you ~ “I’m not embarrassed of you. YOU are who I made you to be.” Our children will one day understand. Blessings to you, Jean ~ Blessings!! <3

    • Karla January 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      I understand now, after Colleen’s comment…originally, I was taking it the wrong way! But I get you and God would also say to you, “I want you around!”

  11. Denise January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    1) God has held me tenderly many times but the times I remember most often were when my daughter was in high school and it was a turbulent time for our family. In that storm, I did find peace – His peace, and our family did return to the loving family He promised it would.
    2.) I know God answers prayers and I have heard him speak to my heart often, but I still want to please others at times that I forget that I am good enough for God – always. If I heard those words directly from Him, I am sure I would have a different perspective on things.
    3.) I have utter faith that all things are possible with God since The Bible states it and I have seen impossible things happen in my family when we put our faith in Him and began to walk in His ways.

  12. Sidney January 2, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Thank you for doing this Bible study online. Even when life seems unbearable, God has a plan. I am looking forward to this Bible study.

  13. Ginny Sargent January 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    This past Christmas I felt a longing somehow, like something was missing. In years past the church services lifted me to extraordinary hight but this year seemed different. Then I began to hear and read about people who focus on one word for the year and wrap both their spiritual and present bodies around it. I had wondered where my joy went. This was not me. I even taught a class on Joy because I felt so close to it. Maybe I am just burnt out. I am coming off a committee chair at my church for the women’s ministry which I have headed for 15 years. So, here are my answers to the questions.

    1. I have felt Gods tender embrace in those times where he lifted me during losses of my family (I am the only one left in my immediate family). I was able to deal and function during those times only because I felt God holding me in the palm of his hands. When I cried I could almost feel his arms around me.
    2. I was thinking an hour on this question. There are so many things I “know” because of faith but I would have to say. “take my hand and walk with me child” I want to be His in every way. To be lead, comforted and redeemed
    3. I don’t have issues in the prayers that perhaps don’t get answered in our time. I believe that God does have plans, and honestly I don’t have to know them. I have to trust that no matter how hard something is, that there is purpose in it. I don’t know every thing and I don’t want to know every thing. There was a lovely man in our church who was in his 90’s who recently passed. He and his wife always sat in front of my husband and I. In his life at the church he had always said “trust and obey”. It was his mantra you might say. In the end he was slipping into loss of memory and sometimes he couldn’t remember your name. He would come into the adult Sunday school and just listen. He would always leave a little early to catch his wife and as he left he would always say “Trust and Obey” So maybe that is my phrase for this year is to “Trust and Obey” How to do this, well that is one journey I do know something about, but I feel I need a refresher course.

    • Sue Collier January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you for your insights, they are encouraging to me. <3

  14. Debbie Daniel January 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I felt God’s embrace about 18 months after my 24 year old was killed. I attended your conference at Warren Baptist Church (my home church). I am a highlighter. God wooed me through Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with His feathers and under His Wings you will find refuge.” (Psalm 91:4). He had been using the highlights in my Bible to speak to me but I could not hear Him through the pain. I brought my mother to your conference and late in the afternoon, I laughed. This was the beginning of hope for me. Thank you

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Oh Debbie. I am very sorry to hear about your son. How like our Lord, to shelter you beneath his wings and see you through the darkest days. Your laugh must have been sweet music to his ears. May you continue to move toward hope, my sister.

  15. Rebecca "Becky" Mick Frith January 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Many times God has embraced me with His grace….even when I was hardly aware. He has used others, music and my husband to remind me of His grace. Through your studies these past few weeks and through my studies (Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes), Our father has shown me that He knows me down to my smallest molecular particle! I would love to hear God whisper, “Soon, soon, I am coming for you soon!” Almighty God you are above all, yesterday, today and tomorrow! Thank you Liz.

  16. Cari underwood January 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you Liz for starting this study. It is my favorite LCH book!

  17. Bonnie Root January 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Several times even as a very young child I knew that God answered prayer and that he was always there and listening but as I grew older and my world filled with chaos, I lost sight of that child and her absolute faith. It wasn’t until I was a young mother with three little stair step children and my marriage felt hopeless that God reached out to me through the arms of a friend, gathered me close and took me to campmeeting. There my numb heart melted as I listened to beautiful songs and psalms and I knew that God had not forgotten me or my little family. That was 25 years ago and my husband and I are still together, more in love every day with three wonderful grown children in Christian marriages and two grandbabies. All easy, no!
    What I long to hear from his sweet lips someday….” Well done thou good and faithful servant,” because with his death and resurrection he already said, ” I choose You.”
    All things are possible with God, I know beyond a shadow of any doubt that they are because he promises it in the Bible and I have seen it many times in my life and in the lives of those around me. As a child when our cupboards were bare and Daddy was out of money we prayed and God provided, barren wombs that were blessed where hope on earth didn’t exist, God is able and does work miracles in the lives of his people each and everyday. His plan is perfect we need only believe. Thank-you Liz what a wonderful way to embrace grace and start a New year…. bless you!

  18. Charlene Knight January 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    I started this study today with Liz and I have been feed milk for many years and now have a vibrant renewal not only in faith but learning to turn things over to the Lord in Prayer. The past few weeks in the busyness of the holidays time slips away and I have given up my daily time with Jesus for many reasons. Of course; he always finds a way to wheel me back to our relationship. This study was obviously his way of doing that! Today was like a spiritual renewal I love this study and look forward to many more weeks. Praise to the Lord my God… Amen

  19. Mary Kay January 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Through many times of abuse, fear, pain God has embraced me through His Word, His Spirit, and people.

    As a single mom I received a phone call at work. My 8-year-old son, my only child, was lying in a pool of blood on the gym floor at school & I had better come quick. I was 30 miles away—with no car! While I directed them to call an ambulance and I called a friend to go be with my boy while I faced a 2-hour commute to get there, my co-workers took up a collection, called a cab, and gave me cab fare. As I sat in that car, being driven direct to the hospital, I opened by purse-sized Bible and God highlighted Psalm 91. He planted the reassuring words “The Lord is my refuge” and “He will give his angels charge over you” in my heart and memory—allowing me to reach the hospital still sane! And he healed my precious son.

    Facing surgery and paralysis, His Word drenched me in peace; and I imagined, just like a toddler, reaching up to Jesus and half-climbing, half being lifted into his lap.

    God’s Word tells us all things are possible with Him. We’ve read others’ testimonies, seen examples for ourselves. As my father said, “If God made it all, He is certainly able to do anything He wants with creation.”

    Silly as it sounds, my feelings often contend with faith and I’d love to hear God whisper, “Beloved, I’m here. Hold my hand and we will walk together.” I know that to be true, but I’d sure enjoy experiencing it—if that makes sense.

    Once again, thank you, Liz, for your inimitable way of bringing God’s truth alive to us. You are a gift I treasure. Happy New Year Blessings to you.

  20. Robyn @ a bird in the Father's hand January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    1. His Word is often the way I feel His embrace. When I read a passage and it unfolds afresh, it’s like His arms opening to me and welcoming me close. As I draw near, often writing it in my journal, I feel Him close in around me with His mighty hands and I know He loves me extravagantly to give me something so precious as a revelation. It’s just amazingly sweet, and if I’m honest – I’m really addicted to it.

    2. I long for God to whisper Daddy words. Things like “You’re precious to me.” “I love you just for the way you open your eyes in the morning and ARE” “I’m safe for you” … things like that I seem to need to hear every day. And He delivers.

    3. Yes. He has shown me miraculous wonders like the way He paints the sky anew and so breathtakingly every evening, like the way my son still adores me though at time I rage at him, and like the way He heals a body and changes a sinful heart to one who longs to serve Him. My friend used to be a heroin addict, running away from God around every corner. My husband and I met her when we led a service in prison. Now she loves Him so much that she can’t wait to read the Word every morning and shout from the rooftops how He loves her. Yes, if He can win a human heart with grace, He can do anything.

    So fun to open Romans with you, Lizzie. *hugs*

  21. Liz January 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Every day I walk with uncertainity and pain and I wonder when it is going to end. I believe that Jesus is capable of being able to do anything if he wants to. It is ‘if he wants to’, or ‘if it is part of his plan’ and ‘in his own time’ that I struggle with. Why would God want me to live like this? And I know what you are going to say? Have faith, ask for peace, and believe that because you are a child of Christ it will work out OK. Well I do that. But now I am four years down the track and still in the same boat. The longer I go on this journey the harder it becomes. And I know through these journeys God is teaching us stuff. But I have had enough. I want it to end. I was bullied at work and so had to leave. We had just brought a house because my job was suppose to be permanent and we had worked out a budget so we could afford the house. Then my job was taken away. I won a PG case but it didn’t help. I would rather have the job. I am the bread winner of our family and so I have had to take bits and pieces in the last four years just to get us through. It is hard not knowing if you can put food on the table one week, or if you are going to be able to pay the power bill. And don’t get me wrong, God has provided most of the time, and even more sometimes allowing us to take holidays but it is the worry inbetween and not being able to work at a job I love and want to work in. I just want a permanent job back where I can earn for my family and not have to worry. I ask God for peace on this matter all the time and to provide me with forgiveness to the person who did this for me. But when you are in the middle of a situation it isn’t as easy as when your life is stable and OK.

    • Bonnie Groves January 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      I have been in your shoes and I really do understand. Here is what it took for me to find the peace I was praying for. I had to forgive and let go…I know you are going to reply that you have, but if you read what you wrote you will see that you really have’nt. I know how hard this is, it took me 2yrs of struggling with God and my situation, before I trully understood that I had not really given it to God. I would pray and say that I was giving it to Him and then turn around “worry” over what I just supposedly gave to Him. You will not find your peace until you completely cleanse yourself of worry and anger. When you do, it will be such a relief and you’ll wonder why it took you so long. Good Luck, I will be praying for you.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Liz, your comments have weighed on my heart since I first read them. How I ache for you! Four years is a long time to be in pain.

      One thing I try never to say is, “Things will all work out,” because that implies we will get everything we wish for if we just ask loud enough and wait long enough.

      God’s Word doesn’t make such promises, so I wouldn’t dare do so. What his Word does say to his people is this: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

      The one thing I know absolutely is, you are not alone. The Lord is right by your side, right now. The harder you lean on Jesus and the less you try and make things happen on your own steam, the lighter your burden will be.

      If you cannot forgive this person in the flesh, then release it into the hands of your Savior and ask him for the power to forgive, even as you confess your own sin: “Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.” Matthew 6:12 (CEB)

      No easy answers, dear sister. But a worthy journey.

  22. Bonnie Groves January 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I have felt Gods grace so many times in my life, but each and every time it is as if it is the first time. God is so good, and I can not wait to go through this study with you.
    God Bless

  23. Margaret January 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Staying grateful for all that I have is how I feel God’s grace. I am gateful for each day He gives me, living them one day at a time.
    I know that He can do anything. I saw this when my rebelious son was ordained a minister.
    Thank you, Liz for taking us through this book. I had read it before, but going through it with others makes it more meaningful.

  24. Sue Collier January 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    This came on my screen this morning, it is the 3rd January in NZ. So timely…thank-you Liz. The last 2 years have been a real challenge healthwise and after extensive surgery followed by serious complications , which will impact the rest of my life, I have been looking inwards instead of outwards. I went into surgery believing implicitly that God was in control and told the surgeon so, when things went horribly wrong afterwards I still believed that God was in control and frequently felt his warm embrace and new he was holding my hand and pulling me through…….my surgeon queried my faith, I defended my Lord, yes he was in control.
    In the last few months I have become a little inward looking and querying Gods wisdom, not his love, I am confident in that.
    Todays study gave me hope…..I know that I am where God wants me at…….I look forward to the next one on doubting.

  25. Cathy Gross January 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    One morning I passed a meadow covered in snow, bare trees laden with sparkling ice. Light reflected everywhere, glistening in the morning light, it was amazing. I saw myself in a long white gown, in the middle of that meadow, twirling upward, higher and higher, totally free. That’s what Jesus has done for me…… how I feel inside, free and flying higher and higher, clean in a white robe…laughing.
    And the other thing is this. Our pastor asked God to tell him his new name in Heaven and he feels he was told. So I thought, why not ask? No answer. I asked again. Still no answer. Then I heard it. Baby. He calls me Baby. I am His child, His little girl and he calls me Baby. I like that. Now I call my 27 year old daughter Baby. She likes it too.

  26. Laurie January 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Following the birth of my youngest daughter, I felt the embrace of God in the form of a recurring reassurance that “everything was going to be all right”…the light was golden, the world was crystal clear and brightly colorful…and I was puzzled at the gentle reminder that everything was going to be all right, an echo of a whisper in my spirit.

    Over and over again, the soft reminder came, puzzling me…

    Everything was perfectly all right; I was a new mom, stiff and bent over from a C-section, but the beautiful 8 pound, 5 ounce girl was just fine, just…perfect…

    My spirit felt so at peace, so calm, so content. Everything was, indeed, all right in my world.

    Until she was 4 days old; she became listless, ran a fever that climbed up to 102, lowered a bit but stayed constant at the 102 mark.

    Not all right, not at all! Even as we frantically rushed her to an emergency doctor visit, the gentle not-quite-whisper remained constant: everything was going to be all right.

    An incompetent doctor at the urgent care sent us back home with instructions to keep up the fluids and infant Tylenol. Not, this was not all right! Newborns aren’t supposed to run a temp of 102.

    Not all right.

    Still, the peace stayed with me, and I believed, despite the fear and worry over my little girl, that somehow, everything was indeed going to be all right.

    I trusted that little soft voice.

    Two days later, the fever remained. We made the trek once again to the urgent care, where a different doctor, quite concerned, sent us to the local children’s hospital.

    When we arrived, our daughter’s fever had mysteriously broken, never to return over the next two days of observation. We never knew the cause of the mysterious fever.

    Everything was indeed, as the reassuring voice of my Lord has reminded, going to be all right.

    • Patty January 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      We can always count on that voice of God to sustain us.

  27. Patty January 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    32 years ago I was hostage in a bank along with the other employees. For three and a half hours I had a voice in my head telling me I would be alright. And I was. That voice gave me the strength to endure then and it gives me the strength to endure now. Many people have asked me how I get out of bed in the morning and all I can say is “God”

  28. Barbara Quarles January 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Liz,
    The riches of the Lord come overflowing out of your joyful truths. You are a fountain of His love!

  29. Kim January 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I long for God to whisper my name and tell me I am forgiven. My faith seems to be so weak and allows life to determine my thoughts and actions. I am truly blessed each day, but do suffer the same worries, concerns, heartaches and disappointments as everyone else. I let these things minimize my faith, then I feel so despondent over my sin and lack of faith. My prayer life is lacking and I feel like I am not connecting with God. I know He is with me, but I am not in tune with him. I am a Christian, I know I am forgiven, but I let the world get in between my Lord and me. I want to hear my name again, but I must let go of what I am holding onto and embrace Him. Within that embrace, I will hear him whisper my name. I am learning with the first chapter! Thank you, Liz for reaching out to so many women, for mentoring, teaching and giving, all for the glory of God.

    • Debbie B. January 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      Very well said Kim and so true. You have a sister here feeling
      exactly the same way.
      God Bless,
      Debbie

      • Kim January 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

        Have a blessed day and embrace grace – I will do the same. 🙂

    • Cozette January 3, 2013 at 1:57 am #

      I could have written the words you wrote.
      I know I am forgiven, but like you, I feel despondent over my sin and lack of faith.
      I feel the evil one is making me doubt my Christianity when I KNOW that I KNOW that I am forgiven.
      I want to hear him whisper, “It is ok to let go – I will carry you through.”
      Thank you Kim for sharing what is also on my heart and is so hard for me to admit.

      • Kim January 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

        It took a lot to put my feelings in print and a few tears, too. I hope my words helped you. Your words blessed my day, as well. Have a blessed day and embrace grace.

      • Debbie B. January 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

        Remember, the thief comes to kill and destroy and even as
        Believers, satan tries to convience us we aren’t worthy of
        God’s abundant grace and love.
        I struggle too at times, but God doesn’t remind us of our past.
        He says don’t look back. Remember Lots wife, she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. God know our hearts more than we know our hearts and He too feels the pain, The cross is all about that forgiveness and we have to constantly remember the cross and our sins were nailed there. You are a child of God and
        now all of us have to act like it. We belong to Him. Alleluia!!
        Debbie B.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Kim, our precious sisters have already ministered to you beautifully, so I’ll only add my 2 cents. As you can see, many of us understand fully what you are talking about and have experienced similar doubts, fears, anxieties, and heartaches, including your Lizzie.

      Bless you for your honesty. You speak for many of us who are afraid to say what’s on our hearts and minds. I’ll be praying these 8 weeks will be a time of spiritual renewal. When all the truths you know in your head will sink deep into your heart, so you can shout out David’s words with joy and abandon: “God alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:6).

    • Dee January 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      I’m another longing to feel His forgiveness. I know the Bible says I’m forgiven but I guess I just don’t get it – why when I’ve done wrong so many times, why does God forgive me?

      • Liz Curtis Higgs January 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

        Dee, I’m hoping you’ll stick with our study, because that very important question will be addressed soon, both in the book and in this blog. For now, let me simply say, God doesn’t love us in spite of our sins; he loves us because of our sins. He loves us because his Son died for us. He loves us because we need him so desperately. And most of all, he loves us because we’re his.

  30. Debbie B. January 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Through hard tears of hurt I have felt His presence around me.One Sunday (yes of all days Sunday)I was in a terrible mood and sinned in my anger. Then, feeling worse because of my sinning in hurt and anger, I wanted some of Paul Newmans Alphabet cookies and took two out of the bag and when I turned the cookies over to see the alphabet, there in front of me, was an “X” and “0” (XO)God can communicate even through cookies. He has woke me out of my sleep to tell me, my sister was “saved” and my mom was “with Him”. He spoke to my heart and I was aware of His presence around me. Then there was a time He woke me up and in one nostril was the scent of cinnamon and the other nostril a soft scent that there are no words to describe the scent and I know my flowers and perfume. I have trouble letting go of my BIG mortal sin in life and still have a heavy heart over it. That kind of love He gives, I battle with
    because I still can’t accept myself in His eyes of forgivness and love. I have read Liz’s
    book many, many times and every page is dog eared. Thank You Liz, Thank You…xo Debbie

  31. April Evans January 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Keep it up, Liz! For His glory alone…

  32. Julie Stedman January 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    What do I want God to whisper in my ear tomorrow as a I press through my day? I want to hear Him say He is enough. That my expectations are not too high, except that I must turn my clenched-teeth grimace to Him – and that He is enough. He is more than enough. His forgiveness covers all my sins, His love fulfills all my cravings, His provision satisfies all my hunger. My husband isn’t strong enough, my children not sweet or clever enough, my home not comforting enough – none of these – only my Lord is enough and I want to remember and be satisfied. And turn my frightful grimacing into rejoicing.

  33. Joann Hickman January 3, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    I so needed this study. I need more of Jesus. Thank you for following his leading. Embrace Grace is going to be a great encouragement to me.

  34. Lynn Janzen January 3, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Blessings to you Liz, dear sister in Christ!

    1) The first time I felt God’s embrace was when I was 10 years old and I had just tragically lost my older brother and my last words spoken to him had been quarellsome. I was also from an unbelieving family and had no Christian roots. I was so overcome with grief, guilt and confusion that in utter desperation a day after my brother was laid to rest I cried out “God if you are real please let me say good-bye to Lyle”. And he answered me. At that moment I knew that God was real and He was a loving Father who cared about me. Although it took until I was a mother of two before I surrendered my life to Christ I never doubted that there was a God and he was a caring Father.

    2) The words I want to hear God whisper to me are “My Grace is sufficient for you”.

    3) I know that all things are possible with God because I have seen so much evidence of Him at work in my life, even in difficult and seemingly unsurrmountable obstacles. As Paul writes in 1 Cor. 15:9-10(a) “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the GRACE of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”

    Sister Liz, may God abundantly bless you throughout this year as you encourage and minister to us through God’s word.

  35. Anne Slamkowski January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Thanks for this wonderful writing on God’s love for us! I needed to read this today. Funny how God helped me stumble onto your writing at the perfect time!

  36. Linda H. January 3, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I want to be still enough in my busy life to hear God whisper my name, that He loves me and that He chose me to be His child. I struggle so many times with God’s love for me as I strive to please the people in my life and earn their love. I want to hear Him whisper to me, “I am the only one you need to please. Cease struggling, take my Hand and walk with me. My plan for your life is better than the one you are trying to live. You are forgiven and loved unconditionally! Trust me in all things!”

    • Dee January 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Maybe this is part of my problem. I have been a people pleaser all my life, having to do. And to be to earn their love. I feel that God can’t love me because I have sinned and failed and therefore am not worthy – I can’t do enough to earn His love.

  37. Alaine January 3, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    It is with tears that I read all the above; pain, doubt, suffering…and the joys of loving our Heavenly Father! I too struggle with the doubt, letting go and just letting God be in control. When I do finally let go…WOW! God is so awesome in what He does for me…how could I ever not let Him direct my steps, take on all my worries; big and small, He wants them ALL!

    Whisper in my ear…You know I love you, just as you are, cause I made you!

    Many, many thanks Liz for this wonderful study.

  38. Robin January 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    As I read the chapter yesterday & remembered my past, I thought of words of a song, “Scars”, by Ray Boltz that has been an encouragement:
    “I heard Him call my name
    He said I’ve come to save you
    But I was so ashamed
    I turned to walk away
    He reached out His hand
    And said I have something to show you
    And what I saw changed my life that day
    CHORUS:
    I saw His scars
    No He didn’t try to hide them
    He said, Come and look inside them
    They are a window to my heart
    And don’t forget I love you
    Just the way you are
    I knew it must be true
    I saw His scars
    I said Lord my scars are deep
    And I don’t want You to see them
    So many of them were caused
    By things I chose to do
    He said, Look again
    At the ones that I am wearing
    Don’t you know I chose these scars too?
    [ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]”
    The line “Don’t you know I chose these scars too?” has meant a lot to me, knowing that some of my deepest scars are the result of poor choices I have willingly made. But His grace is greater! The sweetness of close fellowship with Him during the time of repentance, forgiveness & restoration is something I would hate to have missed.

    • Debbie B. January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Robin, the lyrics are just beautiful and a great reminder of
      what Jesus did for us. I will print them as a daily reminder,
      always.
      God Bless, and thank you for sharing,
      Sister Debbie B.

  39. Dori January 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    This LCH book is dear to my heart. It wasn’t until I sat down to read this book, that I began to toy with the possibility of getting better. My life had been a jagged mess and I was sure had no use for me. As I took off my coat and sat in the chair by the fireplace, I began to feel the acceptance flying off the pages and into my heart. It wasn’t because of mess of my life, but the need of GRACE in it. That was the very moment I felt God’s embrace. As for the words I wanted to hear: I love you, I want you, I will fix you my daughter and you will be whole. As for believing all things are possible, at the time I wasn’t sure, but today I am living proof all things ARE possible.

    God bless you Liz…….

  40. Elizabeth Hoagland January 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Oh my word, you know this is my all-time favorite book of yours!!! The pictures on your blog bring it to life….the gavel, the open door….I cannot brag on it enough, give it as a gift enough, share it with others enough. It wrecks me. Just like the movie we all just saw, “Les Miserables”….Grace, redemption, wow. Great blog post. Can’t wait for the next one. It’s what we all need DAILY. Bless you. Praying for you. Fun to ring in the New Year w/ya’ll! (Wish I had about a dozen of Bill’s homemade yeast rolls…) I digress. Thanks for showing us what’s most important. Big hugs over to you sweet friend. =)

  41. Tracey January 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    If you need more peace in your life you need more Jesus. That one sentence spoke volumes to me! When I take my eyes off him, chaos enters….the feelings of not being good enough, feeling that I have to earn my way instead of accepting his grace. Keeping my eyes on Him is what I will focus on as I start this New Year.

  42. Jan January 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I have felt God’s embrace so many times, but there is one time that always stands out in my memory. I had undergone a series of complicated surgeries. I prayed about each one, asking God’s guidance for the doctors and nurses and comfort for my family who were worried. Everything went well. Then a few months later I needed another surgery, but this one was minor in comparison. I wan’t worried and didn’t even “bother” to bring it to God in prayer… but when I woke up I learned that there had been a complication during this simple surgery and the doctors had been very worried. When I first learned about this I was shocked, but quickly felt a peace wash over me. I knew God had been with me, embracing me, watching over everything, even when I didn’t think it was a big enough deal to talk to him about. I felt Him say, “I’m always thinking of you, even when you don’t think of me.” That’s when I learned that nothing in our lives is trivial to God.

  43. Miriam January 4, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Our Thursday Night Women did an in-depth Bible study on each chapter of Embrace Grace. I would love to send them to you.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 4, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Miriam, I’m thrilled to know you are doing a study on Embrace Grace! Kindly send anything you’d like to share with me via email: [email protected]. God’s blessings on each of my sisters there.

  44. Razella January 4, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I first read “Embrace Grace” nearly a year ago with my mentor, through our church’s woman-to-woman mentoring program. However, I wasn’t ready to Embrace. That’s the truth. On some level, I wanted to. Yet on another level, I was still too busy clinging to my coat, my plan, “my” everything. My refusal to Embrace Him, obey Him, submit to Him, allow His love and peace in my life, resulted in a very dark time for myself and my family. Suddenly, there was even more shame, more darkness, more guilt. It was like instead of getting rid of the coat I already had on, I simply added another one to it.
    Ick.
    Glory to God, because through Him ALL things are possible. All things are to His glory. He has taught me so much, and He has healed my family so greatly, and He has strengthened our family in such a way that we are amazed, blessed, humbled by His awesomeness.
    So, a year later, I’m picking “Embrace Grace” back up. I look forward to reading these blogs. I look forward to stripping away these coats for good. I look forward to hearing and reading the encouraging words of other woman, and my prayer for all of us on this journey, is that we truly Embrace His Amazing Grace. ^_^

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      God’s timing is perfect, Razella. So glad you’re ready and even more glad you are with us.

  45. Tracy January 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I want to hear God say how precious and beautiful I am. As I fight back the tears in writing this, the truth springs up from within just to feel loved for who I am and not in what others want me to be or they think I should be. I have let dreams die because of allowing myself to be controlled by others and their needs, feeling selfish in seeking or believing for my dreams (a husband and family). I long to be loved by my Heavenly Father and to have assurance that His love will never fail. I have experienced rejection after rejection from people (family and friends) and it is just hard for me to believe that God would love me also. I guess that is where I fall into the trap of “pleasing” people so they will love me or accept me. I long to be married but also know that I need to get a handle on this issue in my life. I need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God does truly love me and experience it for myself before I can give my love and God’s love to my husband to be.

    The fear and doubt that plague my mind continuously that I am not worthy or that the promise that God has spoke over my life for my husband will not come true. That God also will reject me. One thing I have learned through many hardships is to honestly call out to God. At times, I believe we have made our prayers “sugar-coated” before God, as if He requires them to be that way. But, God knows my heart and if I am struggling with not feeling Him near me or believing He loves me, I want to express that.

    I don’t want to look to people for my acceptance, I want to be a confident woman of God knowing that her Heavenly Father loves her no matter what. I want to hear Him whisper that He loves me and I am worthy of His blessings (a husband).

    • Debbie B. January 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Dear Tracy,
      For your Maker is your husband–the LORD Almighty is his name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5
      Wrap your arms around yourself into a big hug and say God loves me.
      God will never reject you. He is always with us and your angels He has
      guarding and watching over you. God bless, Love, Debbie B.

  46. Bonnie Walker January 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Two ways I have heard God’s whispers jump into my memory. In Spring of 2009, I was so broken hearted, stunned by the sudden ‘blink of an eye’ death if my husband of 46 years. How could one just die so quickly, with no warning. I had many questions, many prayers, knowing God is ALWAYS listening to my voice, my tears, and pleas. On day in April, I was outside walking in the God’s little acre he had provided for us;..and I had been finding so very many four leaf clovers, every time I stepped outside, I would just look down and spot one. So I just asked Him, “God what is it with all these four leaf clovers. Yes’m they make me smile, but never have I spotted so many Father.” I felt Him. Whisper in my ear, and say….”Bonnie, don’t you know we do not have any three leaf clovers up here….and also, we are ‘Rollin in clover’.” This is when I knew .god’s presence was spo totally with me, and He was feeling all my pain also. He sent this reminder. We will all be OK in Heaven and my wonderful husband was already experiencing this miracle or being completed into God’s image, His perfection. The second way I hear God’s Whispers is the little birds who wake me each morning. I might not get to experience hubby’s kisses anymore, but I get to hear the sweetness of the little bird’s, and it seems they come just outside my window to announce to me…”I Love You,”. There are many more, but these two are so very special whispers to me.

  47. Christina January 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    What I long for most is to hear God whisper “I got this”… I am always the “i got this” girl…and I drive myself near insane with worry and anxiety on how to “get” life’s daily challenges. I am always the one to fix the problem, or rack my brain and run around like a crazy person trying to make ends meet. I need to realize that it’s God that says “I got this”. Yes I probably still have to fill out the paperwork, do the planning and preparing, make sure everything’s atleast a little bit in line…but God’s got this! Past the paperwork and planning I need to leave the anxiety and worry, and the FEAR, and replace it with faith…Daddy God, tell me it’s not me that always has to say “I got this”, because it’s You…You’ve perpetually got my back! You got this!

  48. Marceline January 6, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    My teenage and young adult years were spent wearing that itchy, heavy, too warm coat!! I’m not sure where I got the coat in the first place? I think I donned it to hide myself from a mean (“evil”) stepfather. Then it became my “I’m not pretty enough, smart enough , talented enough , rich enough, etc coat. I met Jesus when I was 14 , at a churc Christmas program my Mother somehow found her way to. And, although I was not in a situation that could teach me the correct path at that time, God never forgot me. In my adult years, He lead me back to church, to learning who He was!!!! I can tell you, looking back on my life, I can see where I was shrouded in darkness (not neccessarily

  49. Marceline January 6, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Of my own making. Then came the Light!!! Thank you Lord!! But alas, I still have the coat. How it has followed me over the years, through marriage and relocations , I do not know!!
    I have a tendency to worry! I’m a worrier!! Seriously, even when everything is fine, I borrow trouble to have something to worry over!! Out comes the coat.,, “put this on, how will you make the mortgage?? Put in the coat, cover the weight you have gained since birthing babies!! Put on the coat! You offended that person and nobody likes you!!!” I’m laughing as I’m writing this, but it’s true!! Darn that coat!
    The words I wish God would say to me are ” it’s going to be okay”. For whatever I happen to be fretting over at the time. I know God is in control. There are still times when I worry the sky is falling and I reach for the coat.., I need reminder that “things will turn out fine.”. 🙂
    This is my first blog session with you, Liz!! I’m so excited! You have been my favorite author/ encourager for years!!!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      Burn the coat, beloved. You don’t need it any more. As our sister Christina says above, God has you covered!

  50. Stephanie Todd January 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    So thrilled that you decided to do a study on Embrace Grace!!

  51. Brenda January 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    At times i have been aware of God’s embrace. But often I overthrow it and put on the coat of worry and anxiety. Not sure why I think this is a better way than to trust God and rest in Him.
    I long for God to say, ” Beloved, trust me. I have you you in the palm of my hand. No one can pluck you out. I am behind you, before you, above you and below you.
    God’s word says all things are possible for God. Either I can believe everything is true or the Bible is a lie. God can not lie. I just need to act like I believe it.

  52. Sarah O. January 16, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    It has been a long time since I felt a sense of peace, the kind of peace only God could give. I felt it today while reading this blog. Too many things are happening that are stressful and disappointing right now. Trying to find a new job, planning a wedding, dealing with judgment from some in his family, and from his brothers church and from people in our own church. It’s become very difficult over the past few months. I took notes on this blog in my journal and hope and pray that we can find a way around all the difficulties that are being thrown at us.

  53. Pam January 18, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Liz!
    I feel like I’ve found a long lost friend! When I went to catch up with Ann Voskamp’s blog this morning, there you were! Joy! I first “met” you several years ago when you spoke at a South Carolina Baptist Convention ladies event & you blessed/encourged me so much! I think I still have the notes I took from your message that day & I’m going to look through my files for them right away. 🙂 I have been longing for a ladies Bible study to share in since the first of the year & today your Embrace Grace just landed right in front of me! Oh how I need it! I know I’ve joined a bit late but plan to catch up over the next 4-5 days so I can be on track for this Wednesday. I’m so happy I found you again….God bless you, girl! 😀

  54. Joyce February 8, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Hi Liz, I so enjoy the bible study with you. I have read many of your books, including, “Bad Girls of the Bible”. I have learned so much from it. You bring the bible alive to me. I met you at a Women’s Convention in Lewisporte, NL a few years ago. I look forward to your emails every week.

  55. Tania Vaughan July 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I am doing this study as an on-line encouragement with Laura Rath in the US and I’ve joined in from the UK. Having heard Liz speak recently it’s lovely to be able to put a voice to the words 🙂 I love that idea that as we throw open our door we find that God has thrown open his. My fear has always been that if I throw open my door I’ll find nothing on the other side, this encourages me to throw my door open and keep it open.

    • Laura Rath July 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      I agree Tania, being able to hear Liz’s voice with the words is like putting a face with a name. It makes it more real and personal. I’m so happy to be doing this study with you. 🙂 I also love the Romans 5:2 verse.

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