There have been plenty of days we sit at home bored because the baby needs to nap and I have been a referee to more than my fair share of girls bickering.
However, this has been my best summer with the kids.
As I’m learning to accept more of His grace freely, I’m able to give grace more easily.
Let’s face it. With school and chaotic schedules beginning in just three weeks, there will be more grace required for all of us.
By Grace Through Faith
2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
What stood out to me…..
For the 6th birthday of one of my girls, I bought a hot pink sleeping bag, had it embroidered with her name in neon green, and wrapped it up with a nice bow. I was so excited to give it to her!
The look of disgust I received after she opened it……well, it made me realize why after Christmas there are parents who sell their kid’s entire lot of gifts on eBay.
My daughter had wanted a sewing machine for her birthday (not a toy one, for the record) and I had missed the mark of her expectations. I spent a lot of time and thought on a special gift meant just for her, and she couldn’t even show a shred of thankfulness!
When our response is one of entitlement, the transaction becomes about compensation rather than gift giving.
Does the way I spend my moments today echo my gratitude for the Father’s gift of grace to me? As I rush through emails, activities, and phone calls, have I taken moments where my posture is of surrender to the Giver of all?
Thank you notes can sometimes be as painful as pulling teeth in our house. While the girls understand the need to do it, they also know mom generally doesn’t accept generic one sentence accolades. I recently heard myself say something along these lines: “When someone takes the time to think of you, it is important to tell them how they made you feel and why the gift is special to you. There should be something unique in the note specific to the gift and if you plan to use the gift in a certain way, make sure to mention how.”
Reading Ephesians today, I can hear my own words reflecting back to me.
His grace and the gift of Jesus is special. He delights to hear how it makes us feel and grace has impacted us. As we recognize special moments or things from Him, stop and call them out in the moment, thanking Him for seeing our unique qualities. When He equips us to partner with Him, show our trust by taking steps of participation.
Father, thank you for Jesus. Help the words on my lips and desires of my heart come from a place of gratitude. My life is different because you loved me long before you knew me and in the moments I deserve it least. It is almost more than I can speak because I can not fathom the measure of your love. Today, I am thankful for the slow start to the morning, laughter with friends, and family to stand in the gap and make memories with my girls. While I may not understand the “why” of writing for this blog, thank you for giving me the grace to take steps, one post at a time, and reminding me you will be with me in each and every word.
For Thursday, July 23, read Ephesians 2:11-16