Held In The Grip Of Grace // Weekend Whispers — 45 Comments

  1. I too am grateful that His grace is sufficient, that He holds us near, even when the winter season seems so long and it’s difficult to understand why. Your honest heart is a blessing to me, Barbie. Even through the challenges, there is hope in your beautiful words.

  2. Grace is one of my most favorite words, Barbie! 😉 And friend, we do need to find a safe place to shed those tears and to weep and grieve for the dreams and the hopes but the renewal in the watershed is always the reward because He is there with us, whether we shut Him out or invite Him in. He is always there with us and always leading us closer and closer to the place where grace holds us close and sifts our situations so that we can see them through His view.

    Praying for you to be inspired by this grace that holds you so close and I am grateful for your words.

  3. I’m thankful that HIs grace is unending. It’s also encouraging to me that He is sitting on a throne of grace. Valley seasons seem endless, but looking back I always see the grace springing up like flowers in the dry dessert. Hope you get through to the mountain top soon. Hugs

    • “I always see grace springing up like flowers in the dry dessert.” You described it perfectly. My ascent to the mountain top has been long, but I know who holds me. Thanks for stopping by Lyli!

  4. I’m so thankful too that we are held in the grip of grace—and most especially for those times when I don’t hold on myself! I can know he’s holding on for me and of me. Thanks for sharing this, Barbie.

  5. I do love God’s grace and am so glad that you are holding tightly to it, Barbie, and encouraging the same in us. We need Him every hour … every millisecond! Thanks so much for the linkup, my friend!

  6. Your journey has been difficult and seems to stopped every time you turn a corner but through it all, I have seen how God has continued to reach out to you to give you what you need. He is indeed a good, good Father. I am blessed that I have walked part of this journey with you. Life is not usually the perfect plan that we have dreamed about but if we look at it through God’s eyes, it is! I have many grace stories and am amazed that God shows up when One more challenge is thrown my way. His grace is such a beautiful gift that I am grateful for. Love and hugs to you friend!

    • Love you Mary. Thank you for your encouragement. I know you walk this road of grace and I am grateful for your friendship.

  7. Barbie, like you, I am so grateful our God never lets go of us. I am so grateful His grip is always on us. May our God meet you and your family right where you are today, showing Himself to be all that you need. Blessings!

  8. Hey Barbie, thank you so much for your words today. I really needed it – you are describing exactly how I feel. And all I can do is weep, confess, and know that God will never leave me although the storms rage on and anxiety seems to be dished up. Yeah this year has been filled with good and with some very bads, I also took on a project that has been giving me so many sleepless nights. IN prayer today, God showed me my reasons for taking it on, not good reasons, more fear really so I repented felt His grace and drew back, wondering how I could deserve so much when I made such a huge blunder and now still have to see it to the end (I’ve signed a business contract!) but I am opening myself up and knowing He loves me, He give sme this because I am His. I am still learning to walk and yip the season is crazy, not to mention how the enemy of our souls capitalises on us when we feeling down but still believing. Thanks for reminding me that I am not alone – another sister goes through the same. Blessings Aliyah

    • Aliyah, it’s so wonderful to meet you. I’m so glad you felt the nudge from the Lord to step away what was causing you anxiety. I pray for His peace and comfort to overwhelm you. Blessings my new friend!

  9. Barbie, I’m rejoicing in the truth He will not let us go. So thankful! I appreciate the opportunity to encourage one another on this journey of life. I’m praying for you today, and asking God to meet you right where you are. Much love to you today.

  10. I love this, Barbie. I’m so glad we are held in the grip of God’s grace, and He will never let us go. We may feel sometimes like the cat hanging on a branch, but He is not going to abandon us. This line especially comforts me – “I may be broken and bruised, but grace comes and holds my broken heart and breathes life and healing.” Thank you for being transparent, Barbie. May Jesus hold you so close to His heart that you will hear the constant rhythm of His faithful love for you!

  11. I look at it a little bit differently…in the night, when pain won’t let me sleep nor lie in other than one uncomfortable position, I’m secure that God has got me, won’t let me go, and that my loves, hopes, and dreams are being held safe in trust for me.

    Perhaps not to enjoy in this life, but what is this life when compared to eternity?

  12. Beautifully said, Barbie. I’ve never liked the songs that say – I’ll never let You go, because I’m pretty sure if left up to me I can be very unfaithful. BUT with His help, His grip of grace – I am never let go of. I am held. That’s better. Waaaay better. Thanks for this today my friend. I love it!

    • That’s such a great way of putting it Deb. And in this season I’ve let go. But I am held firmly in His grip of grace!

  13. My dear, sweet friend, I sense so much hope and peace in your words today. That is my prayer for you; hope and peace. I recall during some of the darkest days of my life, God “felt” very far away. But I remained in His word, trusting His promises. Looking back on that time now, I can see He was closer to me than ever.

  14. Barbie, you describe so well how I often feel, especially with these words: “I may be broken and bruised,
    but grace comes and holds my broken heart and breathes life and healing.” Oh how we need holy breath to enliven weary bodies and spirits! God’s grace is something we can hardly fathom and can only receive with humble, grateful hearts and pass on to others. Thank you for sharing so transparently. In your testimony you bless all who read your God-given words and see themselves within them. Blessings, hugs and prayers. Xx

  15. I love that God holds on to us, even when we struggle to hold on to him, that it doesn’t depend on our goodness but on his grace, and that we can be honest with him when life is hard. Praying that you know his love and goodness holding you today.

    • So thankful for a God who hangs on to us, no matter what. Loved your post today Debbie. I couldn’t find a place to comment?

  16. Reminded by your words that even our holding on is not dependent upon our own strength, but upon our willingness to be held. I’m so thankful today for the Anchor of My Soul! And for your courageous words here today.

  17. My life has had so many twists and turns that I would have never imagined, but from where I sit right now, I so see God’s awesome grace. Like you, I’m thankful that in my darkest times, He never let go. He clung to me. He held me fast. So thankful that I worship a God of grace and mercy.

  18. This is so beautiful, Barbie. This especially: “When we are held in the grip of God’s grace, He will not let you go. We may feel as if we are falling, but He will not let us.” Have you ever read the MSG version of John 6: 35-40…it literally says that He will hold onto us and never let us go. Oh how my heart empathizes with yours here…I too have struggled, but precisely in confessing my distrust, He’s moved in to encourage me to trust again. SO thankful for this indescribable, amazing grace right along with you.

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