Featured Friend: Amy @ Wasteland to Graceland

Beautiful tulip bouquet over garden bokeh backgroundWelcome to Feature Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday for the next few months I will introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about the author and visit her blog and social media links.

The Wonder of Your Life in Christ
by Amy @ Wasteland to Graceland

I watched a dear friend at church give a tender kiss to one of the two children she is foster parenting.  She and her husband have three of their own children and have taken in two more.  It was one of those kisses that just happen naturally like the brushing away of your hair because it’s in your face or the scratching of your nose because it itches.  I happened to catch it during worship.  Just an ordinary moment for her but I thought it was extraordinary.  She was quietly and naturally giving affection to the child that is not her own.

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Her love for these children inspires me in many ways, but this moment stuck with me throughout my day because it helped me to see something simple.  How beautiful the ordinary moments are when we are simply living out our life in Christ loving like Him.

Sometimes I lose the wonder.  I lose the wonder of being a mom, a wife, a neighbor and a friend.

The wonder of being this unique person God made me to be right here and now. How great a privilege it is to simply live as a follower in the place and time He has me.  The wonder and sense of awe of being one called “In Christ” and to be free in Him to do all that I am called to do.

I will do plenty of wondering.  Like wondering if I’m doing enough, doing too much or whether I am good enough in so many areas of life.  I wonder if I need to be living a more radical Christian life. Do you have those thoughts? We can wonder about these things wherever we are and whatever season we are in.  But here is something I’m currently thinking about…

Isn’t following Christ in your current circumstances and loving well the people in your life…radical enough?

If we are following Christ, trusting in Him alone for our salvation, we are in Christ…and Christ is in us.  How much more radical does it get?  How much more can we possibly be?

And as if that wasn’t enough, our Father in heaven has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (Ephesians 1:3)

If you are in Christ, from the moment of your spiritual birth and from that point forward, you constantly receive from Christ, all of the blessings that you need to be sustained spiritually until you finally reach eternity with Christ.

You now have a right standing before Him on the basis of the perfect obedience and righteousness of Christ…which is now counted as being yours through faith in Him.

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become His righteousness.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

We have been made alive with Christ and we have been raised up with Him and have been seated with Him in the heavenly realms.  (Ephesians 2:4-7)

Though we live on earth, we are also citizens of the heaven realm. The blessings we have in Christ are blessings that pertain to us as citizens of heaven.  Even though we are not physically in heaven yet, heaven has begun.  It has already begun in our lives…and in our hearts right here and right now.

Wonder.

So is simply being a person in Christ…

in your neighborhood…

loving your family and friends…

heaven begun in you…

enough?

You are a wonder right where you are.  All you have to do is be you in Christ.  Stopping and yielding to the Holy Spirit is more powerful than trying harder to be and do more.

Grace.

We should seek to understand how God has gifted us and what He has called us to do with those gifts with the people He has put in our life.  If you think God is calling you to something, be kind and gracious to yourself as you take the steps to go in that direction.

Breathe, relax and rejoice.

Think less on whether or not you’re getting it perfect or doing enough and enjoy this incredible journey.

Pray and rest.

If you are in Christ, living and loving the Lord and others according to His Word in your circumstances, you are already living a radically beautiful life.  Being found in Christ and yielding to His Spirit right where you are right now is a wondrous thing.  Blessings to you as you take joy in the wonder of your life in Christ.

jungsAmy Jung is a follower of Christ, wife, mom, writer and Christian life coach.  She writes about God’s ongoing work of restoration and renewal in her life in order to encourage herself and other believers to turn from wasteland to graceland thinking. You can follow her at Wasteland To Graceland and Graceland Coaching.
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Comments

  1. says

    “Stopping and yielding to the Holy Spirit is more powerful than trying harder to be and do more.” I need to write this statement down and post it around my house. When I began reading this sweet story about the foster mom and her kisses, the first thing I thought was I need to be a foster parent. I’m not doing enough… Thank you for this beautiful lesson, Amy!
    So nice to meet you, Barbie! This is my first time at your lovely blog, finding you through Amy :).
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  2. says

    Oh Amy this is just beautiful and so true that spend so many moments wondering do we measure up and missing all the moments how wonderfully marvelously God has made each of us. Thank you Barbie for allow Amy to share such a timely message that speaks to the hearts of many.
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  3. says

    Brilliant, Amy! This post brought such peace! And it links so well with one I just wrote… it’s so cool when God does that, as if to reiterate an important lesson I really need to stop and take notice of…
    So today…
    Think less on whether or not you’re getting it perfect or doing enough and enjoy this incredible journey.
    … this is it! :) Thank you for this! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3
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  4. says

    I have a good marriage but we have just gone through two years of incredible trials (the C word and son’s suicide) and I feel that just now I am awakening to the wonder of the love my husband and I share. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I went to sleep one night thinking how love is not selfish, but for me, the one loved, I will be selfish by living and being the woman God created me to be just for Him and him…I awoke to the wonder of how I enjoy being loved by my husband – loved because he likes me even with all my faults and foibles, but he sees Christ in me! Awakening to wonder – yes!
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  5. says

    Oh Amy. Such precious and TRUE words! I find myself in the same spot sometimes– wondering if I am doing enough or too much and digging through the “stuff” to find the wonder… When in fact the wonder in Christ is in every messy meal, every sweaty workout and every breath I take. Thanks so much for this. And thanks for linking up with #EverydayJesus!

    PS: Barbie… I feel like we should connect. I think we have a ton of mutual friends. Just saying :-)
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