Monday, March 14, 2016

On Grace

There are days in the life of a mama that are long and weary.  Crying, whining, wailing and the non-stop needing of mama-mama-mama-mama-mama-mama.... And then school work and laundry and cleaning the floors and making the meals and and...Add sickness to the mix and well let's just say it is not pretty.  When a mama gets sick everything seems to move at a terrible slow pace and all the things that must be done are left undone until mama is better.  This was my week last week.  On Friday I was feeling a bit better but I had two sick little ones still. All the cleaning seemed overwhelming and then my Ren spilled his milk.  The milk spilled on his open school work, down the crack of the table and drip-dripped on the floor.  I lost it...I just sat down and started crying.  Here I was crying over spilt milk. (The irony of that was not lost to me in that moment, btw.)  I was just overwhelmed, sick, tired and wanted all.the.things cleaned and my children and myself well.  I was upset for yelling at Ren for spilling the milk, upset that I didn't have the energy to do anything well and upset for not extending grace when I had the opportunity to do so.

Ren sat down with paper and crayons and created a card for me.  Right after I yelled at him and started crying.  He handed it to me and said "I love you Mama, I'm sorry I spilled the milk and made another mess for you to clean."

Just like that, grace. Unmerited favor...that's what grace is.  When we don't deserve and can do nothing to earn it...that's when it shows up in the sweetest and most unexpected ways.  Ren extended me grace that day.  In the form of a little hand-drawn love card; I received grace.

My I be a giver and a receiver of grace upon grace. The heart lessons that I go through in mama-hood are the most revealing of my character and soul. The parts that have to be deep cleaned out and then cleaned again, show me again and again my great need for my Savior. I am so grateful for his grace upon grace, his patience and forgiveness.

Linking with Stephanie at Tuesday Talks.

1 comment:

Karen Del Tatto said...

Such a tender and heartwarming post.

Sharing your own weakness to showcase the sweet grace your son extended was the perfect example of Jesus grace upon grace to us, who sin daily and fall short, but God, being rich in mercy and love, extends His grace to us.

I was so blessed to stop by here today. :-)