The Substance of Grace

Today’s post is written by our Brave Poet, Cindy Powell

I like words
I use lots and lots of words
I write them
I say them
I even pray them
Compelling words
Convincing words
Sometimes even convicting words
Intriguing words
Inspiring words
Sometimes even words that impart hope
But what am I living?
What does my life say I believe?
Are the words real simply because I desire them to be?
Are they real because I believe them (in theory)?
Or are they only real when I’m walking them out with consistency?
What does the story of my life say about the words I write and speak?
I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied by words without substance
With talking big
…but living small
With good intentions
…but poor application
With a life that demonstrates less
…than what I claim to believe
Don’t get me wrong
Good words are a good start
And when my intentions fail to become my reality
There’s real grace for every failure
Always, always, always
There is grace
(Oh how I’m thankful for grace!)
But true grace doesn’t excuse
…it empowers
…it enables
…it equips
Me to live what I say I believe
So I have a new favorite word:
GRACE
Grace, grace, grace
Grace to every failure
Grace to every obstacle
Grace to every mountain
Grace to every inconsistency
Between what I write and say
And what I live
Most of all grace to be
…the story I write with my words.

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I’ve been asking a lot of hard questions lately. I’ve learned to be okay with sitting, even resting, in the unknown of unanswered questions. I’ve become okay with not knowing until I truly know.

I think it’s a really good and healthy process—as long as you remember grace. Because grace is the substance that holds us together us on this crazy journey of life. Without resting securely in the grip of God’s grace, I couldn’t take another step—really, not even another breath!—let alone sincerely grapple with the deeper issues of life.

So ask away. Wrestle and rest in the unknowing. But always, always, always remember grace.

Because Grace is always there for you. Always.

Cindy Powell has been leading prayer ministries and prayer teams both locally and globally for nearly twenty years. Whether speaking, writing, or praying, her desire above all is that her words will draw others into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus. Visit her blog “Simple Faith” at
Photo cred: http://ssje.org/ssje/2010/03/09/grace-the-verb-br-mark-brown/
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11 thoughts on “The Substance of Grace

  1. Oh yes. the process of the journey between the road markers of revelation, understanding and application requires SO much grace. Grace for those around us (who may not now or ever make this journey…or may be ahead or behind us figuratively speaking) and for the girl in the mirror. Good grace stuff! 🙂

  2. I love this line!!! (Well, I love the whole piece, but especially this line.)
    But true grace doesn’t excuse
    …it empowers
    …it enables
    …it equips
    Me to live what I say I believe.
    And, I love how you give permission to wrestle and rest in the unknowing! Now that’s living BRAVE! You inspire me dear friend!

  3. This was so good. Words are so needed. But even the “right” words can hurt when life’s actions don’t match. Grace. I need so much grace right now.

    1. May much grace abound to you today and always. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. Blessings and joy to you!

  4. The day this was posted, I skimmed through it because I didn’t have much time. But today I finally read it – wow!! So much of it really strikes home with me right now. What really struck my heart strings were these words:

    Are the words real simply because I desire them to be?
    Are they real because I believe them (in theory)?
    Or are they only real when I’m walking them out with consistency?

    I’ve really been focusing on the “walking them out.” And it takes such bravery sometimes. And brings failure most times. So thankful for Grace.

    Thank you for these beautiful words.

    1. Amen.Where would we be without grace? So grateful His grace is without limits. It it wasn’t, I know there definitely wouldn’t be much brave in my life! Thanks so much for your encouragement. Blessings to you!

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