Friday, October 5, 2012

Always Grace

photo credit: Nikita Kashner via photopin

Grace: Unmerited Favor. 

Grace is sometimes more easily given than received. 

Dear readers, I apologize for my long sabbatical. Adjusting to life in another country takes time.

Today I am reflecting on grace. Grace for moms. Grace for children. Grace for husbands. 

Many times since becoming a mom have I fallen into dire need for grace. And many times, I run from it! "No, God!" I shout. "You can't love me! Look what I've done! Look how far I've strayed from my ideals! Listen to the ugly thoughts of my selfish heart!"

And God relentlessly pursues me with His grace. He pursues until I can say, "For we (I) have known and believed the love that God has for us (me). God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him." (1 John 4:16)

I am a dry well until I bask in that love. 

When I let God love me, weak, wounded, imperfect, I become a life-giving spring of grace. 

I can forgive my husband. I can unconditionally love that wonderful man God has given me.

When I let God's love scrub me clean, I see with new eyes the youth, innocence and beauty of my children. I bathe them in compassion, tenderly, gently, soothing away those big emotions expressed so loudly, not caring what others may think when the bathing gets messy.

Mommies, live in love. Abide in it, as a grape vine abides in its branch. Then, relax and watch the beautiful fruit slowly be produced in you.

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