Grace in Which I Stand
BY: NIKKI MICHELLE CHARNSTROM
NOTE: THIS BLOG WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON WEAREBEAUTIFUL.ORG ON December 14, 2017.
In my much younger, teenage years my greatest desire was to belong and be longed for. I found confirmation in the acceptance of others and their displays of love towards me, whether genuine or not. From wearing my one pair of clearance Abercrombie and Fitch shorts (because I was too cheap to buy an actual pair of pants) to carrying my school books in a purse rather than a backpack, I was desperate to be seen like every other “cool” girl.
Come freshman year of college, seemingly all of that changed. I woke up one morning and all of the sudden, as if light from the heavens shone down, I had fashion sense. To this day, I still don’t have a clue where I picked up on it but I had a new appreciation for style, one I began to identify with. The best part was, it was all my own and I dressed with a bit more confidence than anyone else I knew. Why am I telling you this? Because the wardrobe upgrade was just the beginning, as I found myself and broke out of the high school mold I most definitely outgrew.
Now, when I reflect on the high school me, I hardly recognize her. It’s as if I turned my back on her and never looked back. I was having too much fun planning a new outfit each morning to care about what other people might think. They say a good pair of heels can make a woman feel unstoppable and my beat up, black combat boots were my little secret.
By my second year of college, I was serious about making something of myself. I chased after my dreams and goals, all the while getting closer to the Lord like never before. My identity was found within the chase of the calling God had placed over my life. I truly knew and believed I was found in Him. He had renewed my self-conscious teenage soul into a determined young woman. Much like the way sin is forgiven, I had stepped into the grace of God.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand.” Romans 5:1-2
Christ came and died so we wouldn’t have to live hopelessly within the acceptance of society. Through Him and the selfless death on the cross, our lives are made right in the sight of the Father as we receive redemption and justification.
“And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 5:11
When we serve such an extraordinary God, why settle for a life just like everyone else? Dare to be different, to embrace YOU, the real you. Don’t live your days confined to the limitations and expectations determined by mere humans. Accept the audacious life God has called you to walk through. You weren’t designed to fit into an earthly mold, for you were tailored to stand in His life-giving grace.
Nikki is the owner and founder of Crowned Chics. She lives in the warm desert of Phoenix, Arizona with her beloved family. If she's not ferociously clanking away on her typewriter, she's behind the camera capturing moments for her business Charnstrom Captures Photography.