I was a sinner.

I was a sinner.  And still, I mess up every day. I lose my temper. I become impatient. I say things I shouldn’t. I become jealous. I get bitter. I’m quick to speak. I’m slow to listen. I disrespect people. The list goes on and on.

I was a sinner.

But….

I am forgiven.

I am saved by grace. Even though I mess up all the time, I am forgiven. I’m not defined by past or current sin (which is why I don’t say ‘I am a sinner’ – our words have power and I don’t want to declare that over myself), but defined by my salvation and Jesus living within me. Because the Lord sent his son to die for me, I am cleansed, healed, delivered, and forgiven!

Some of the people who read this blog know me personally, but not all do. So, I’m telling you this so you know I’m just your average person. I’m not perfect. Not even close. I hope as I type and you read I don’t put on some facade that I’m perfect. God called me to start a blog back in April 2012. I laughed. I don’t write. I sit at a desk and work in excel all day. I like math. Then, He impressed it on my heart to start a group and encourage woman in person and through the internet. So, here I am blogging and leading an infertility group. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect. It just means He is using me, a broken person, to minister to others. Despite how much you have messed up He has a call on your life. Are you letting Him use you to advance the kingdom?

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8

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15 Comments
  • Jessy
    Posted at 08:46h, 18 July Reply

    Beautiful post! And so true and touching. We are nothing without Him! 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 10:12h, 18 July Reply

    you’re definitely one of the very kindest sinners 🙂 so glad God impressed upon you to start this blog – you’ve inspired many (including me!)

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 11:39h, 18 July Reply

    Touching post Caroline. You are probably one of the least sinful people I “know.” We are all sinners. Some of us just choose to help others and do good and learn from our sins.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 11:48h, 18 July Reply

    Amen! God is so good and His grace is AMAZING!

    Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 12:07h, 18 July Reply

    As always, your words speak right to My heart. I am so imperfect but I am so happy that I am saved by Grace! Love that you have been obedient and that you have allowed God to use you. XO

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 13:49h, 18 July Reply

    Amen! We are no longer sinners, we are saints! That doesn’t mean we don’t sin occasionally, but we are not habitual sinners. Praise the Lord!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 19:06h, 18 July Reply

    Amen! So glad you listened to God’s call to write.

  • Jessah
    Posted at 20:14h, 18 July Reply

    So happy for His grace! We don’t have to be perfect, just a believer.

  • Jennifer T
    Posted at 21:23h, 18 July Reply

    What a beautiful gift we all have been given!
    I think you are great!

  • Beka
    Posted at 23:38h, 18 July Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I never thought about not calling myself ‘a sinner’ anymore because we are redeemed and renewed and a brand new person!

    I’m glad God has done wonders through you and it’s so amazing to see how He works.

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:29h, 20 July Reply

    So thankful He is a God of grace!

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 19:22h, 20 July Reply

    The great thing is that none of us are perfect either. Just because God’s called you to minister to others, it doesn’t mean it’s easy 100% of the time. You wouldn’t be normal if SOMETHING didn’t bother you. However, I marvel at the level of grace and selflessness you have. There are very few people in this world that have the presence and energy that you possess Caroline. It’s truly a gift from God, and I have no doubt you will be rewarded times ten for following his path, despite being a sinner.

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 16:08h, 21 July Reply

    Thanking God for how His grace is working through you to reach all of us!

  • Finley
    Posted at 22:11h, 21 July Reply

    Beautiful post Caroline. You write so well! your a great positive part on my faith walk! thank you!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 10:02h, 24 July Reply

    I love this post Caroline. No of us are perfect and I am a sinner too. Praise God for being saved by grace!

    You work on excel all day?! I love excel. I’m always looking for a way to create a new excel spreadsheet. LOL.

    Thanks so much for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop)!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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