Thursday, November 12, 2015

Embracing Grace

Embracing Grace & Living
the Adventure.
Yesterday, I wore a shirt that I bought at the #AWBU conference this past August. I looked at the shirt and picked it up and dithered over the purchase for a while because I just wasn't sure. I mean, the words resonate with me... but I'm not what you would call a religious person, so is "Grace" really something I can speak to—much less through a fashion statement?

The shirt resonated with me so much because it plays on one of my favorite quotes: There but for the grace of God go I.

I always assumed it was a quote from the bible, but as I look harder, it's not really. Loosely connected to 1 Corinthians 15:10, which reads in part: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain." (from my New Oxford Annotated Bible).

Of course, I first found the quote in a Mighty, Mighty Bosstones song.
I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested.
I like to think that if I was, I would pass
Look at the tested and think, 'there but for the grace go I
Might be a coward, I'm afraid of what I might find out

For a time I wanted to get that tattooed somewhere: There but for the grace go I. I still might. So, when I saw the shirt, it brought that all to mind. And I need a reminder to grab life with both hands and ride it until the wheels fall off. I might not be the target market for this shirt as I'm not so much a religion blogger, but I want more grace and adventure in my life.

Let me say that again: I want more grace and adventure in my life. And the way to make that happen is to make. that. happen.

I instagrammed the picture of myself in the shirt above, and (true to form) my post included a typo in which I said "grave" instead of "grace."

Because of course it did. Because even my social media knows that "grace" is not a thing usually associated with me.

So I corrected the typo and laughed it off, and that was that. Because that's the kind of grace that resonates with me—Kindness. Forgiveness. Even for myself.

And because I had so many ask about where I got this fabulous shirt? I picked mine up at the Arkansas Women Bloggers conference, but you can find yours at the Women Bloggers website, where shirt designer Amanda Farris has this and other designs available for purchase.


  1. I love the shirt. I'm gonna have to order one for myself.

    And while, yes, grace is a concept used in religious terms (like getting something that you didn't deserve or earn...) I also frequently talk about giving myself grace, which isn't of the religious type. I think of like more like a courtesy of kindness to myself or showing favor to myself (which I don't do easily). So, yes, I think we all can embrace grace and be kind to ourselves, even when we don't think we deserve it.

  2. It's a great shirt. And I love your words. XO