Hello my dearest blog audience! I cannot believe this is my second to last blog. Thank you for following my first year here at Biola! If you will be joining us this fall, I would love to answer any questions you may have! So feel free to send any questions you have. Also, how have you been? Good? Stressed? Anxious? Same. The year is coming to a close. The end is so close, yet so far. Pray for me fam. Pray that I finish strong.

One thing that I have been meditating on lately is the depth of God’s unrelenting grace. As Christians, God’s grace is (or should be) at the center of our lives. It is because of this grace, we live. We have a reason to be joyful, even when this earth is at its darkest point. One thing that I have noticed during this time in the semester it that we do not walk in God’s grace.

Imagine: You get a notification that your professor/teacher has just posted your final grade for the class. Maybe you are anxious or you are confident, but either way you know you need to look at this grade as soon as possible. When you look, you are disappointed with the grade. Maybe it's a D or an A-. If you are anything like me, then you are probably beating yourself up for it. You think about everything you could have done differently. It consumes you.

This is where God steps in. We claim to believe that we are saved by grace, but when day-to-day life comes our way we forget it. We attempt to save ourselves through good grades, money, etc. In the end our salvation is not found in that. Our strong work ethic should be an out pouring of worship not our idol. So remember to walk in God’s grace as these stressful times approach. My friend, Jeli, recently told me “God is not impressed by your success.” We do not have to win God’s love, because he has already given it abundantly.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9
-Chantel