This Fall I got to do hangout with a girl (and her peeps) that I've admired for a very long time. I didn't know she knew who I was, but one instagram message led to the next and we toured the midwest together. Talking, singing, laughing, crying about holiness and grace.
Can you be fully gracious and yet fully living in holiness?
That was the question she set out to answer. Or at least start a conversation around.
Is there room to ebb and flow in the "calling up" and "calling out"?
Do we have to be relaxed in our standards and expectations in order to be seen or known as women who dance in the grace of Jesus?
If you've been around here for any length of time, you've heard me rave about this book and trust me, I've read it three times already because it really is that good.
So we walked into churches and coffee stops, fully of women who were ready to tackle the same questions and guess what we found...
Grace. Holiness. Love. Mission.
It's as if the women of God are ALREADY doing, thinking, processing these things, but they're just searching for the permission to say them out loud. Jess would say, "You don't need my permission! Just go! Be fully alive and awake in what God's called you to!" But still, permission granted.
"What I’ve found is that we can all be the experts on grace and holiness if we’re believers in Jesus. We’re all covered in the same grace and given the same image- bearing identity. Who would you count as the expert on going to the moon—the guy who has read the most books about it or the guy who has actually gone there?"
- Jess Connolly
Are you ready to "go to the moon," so to speak? Because I've been on this spaceship for about 6 months now and ya'll, it's beautiful up here.
Also, if you're the girl that's like "But Jules, I don't even know where to start!" Good news. I didn't either. So I got the book, read it, realized I had women in my world that were feeling the same urgencies and so I invited them over, started a text thread and did we we did best: talk and talk and talk through it.
If you're a planner, there's also a specific book club, study you can do too!
LESSON ONE SNEAK PEEK:
- Who is God, and what are we here for?
- Have you ever tried to hide your holiness?
- 1 Timothy 1:7 says we’ve been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Which, if any, of those are difficult for you to believe you’ve been given?
- What is holiness, anyway?
- What is God’s stance toward us?