His Sufficient Grace is More than Enough

by Dawn Boyer



                               

Mornings have often been a source of stress in our home. I can remember trying to sneak down the stairs early in the morning, eager to get at least 5 minutes of quiet time before the troops descended upon me in mass chaos.  This silence which comes as our senses are waking with the morning was a coveted time for me, a pause before the storm in the day, which I considered necessary.

The waiting moments, hanging in the twilight of day’s transition, often seemed just enough to let me arm myself for the day ahead. Unfortunately, there were many days that ‘just enough’ didn’t make it.

Either the light would slither under the closed doors and prod one of my children out of their innocent slumber, or I would step inadvertently upon the creaking floorboard trumpeting the morning’s wake-up call into their ears before I was fully ready to greet them. I think the days when they would beat me out of bed left me reeling the most. In all these instances, my failure to let grace rule kep me playing catch up the rest of the day.

This struggle to catch my breath overwhelmed me at times. I couldn’t find a balance to the flow, and joy seemed literally non-existent. Rather enjoying my children, I sorted my to-do list in my head,  always looking back a what was undone. I missed the power of grace in action when I lived in the ‘not enough’. Rather than resting in His power, I pushed forward in my own.

Grace isn’t about my capability, instead  it’s  fully resting in His Ability.

Our keen ability as mothers, who think we need to do it all, leads us to over analyze each of our insufficiencies, mistakes, and mess ups routinely.  We give into the if-only thoughts rather than letting grace heap grace upon our hearts.

“If only I could train them better, get up earlier,  go to bed sooner, have a better schedule, etc.”

These if-onlies literally wipe away the fullness of His grace leaving us empty, unable to pour ourselves into others.  When failure is a constant reminder of our lack, we miss the power of receiving grace for ourselves making it more difficult to extend grace to others.

When it seems easy to give up, can I encourage you to stop and listen to the soft gentle whisper that tells you His grace is more than enough?

And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

The grace moment comes when we are at the end of ourselves; when we stop and let the consuming noise of not enough become silenced by the sufficient grace of more than enough.

  • His Grace is more than enough to walk us through the quiet and gentle streams when the valleys overflow with chaos.
  • His Grace is more than enough to lead us down the path of contentment when our cup runs over with out-of-control.
  • His Grace is more than enough to shine a light in the dark cloud of our foggy momma days.

Friend, run into the throne of grace in every moment, let mercy wash over you filling up your reservoir with more than enough, because His grace is sufficient to meet all our if-only moments in gentle abundance.

Blessings,
Dawn

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Author, writer and speaker, Dawn is passionate about many things: God, Family, Prayer, Food, and the Word. You can find her writing about those hard questions, reasoning and rejoicing in God’s grace and mercy for those who are walking this journey to grace on her website, Journeys In Grace.

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1 Yolanda DeLoach March 28, 2015 at 7:20 am

Dawn, I had to smile when you mentioned the squeaky floorboards! Our old house is full of them–many are in the hallway outside of the bedrooms and it must be a funny sight to see me early in the morning doing the ‘avoid the squeaky floorboard dance’ as I walk down the hall because those early morning moments are so valuable. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of God’s grace.

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2 Dawn March 30, 2015 at 6:24 am

I have smiled descending the stairs often, just thinking of what that dance must look like. It is a good way to start the day, though.. smiling. 🙂 Thanks for sharing our similarities in seeing His grace for the beauty it is.
Bless you!
Dawn

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3 Letetia Mullenix March 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

My favorite quote “His Grace is more than enough to lead us down the path of contentment when our cup runs over with out-of-control.”
Yes, thank you Lord, yes!
And thank you for highlighting Dawn’s post “How I Know God is With Me”. Her testimony is an amazing edition to our Hope Wednesday “Your Stories”.
xoxo
Letetia

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4 Dawn March 30, 2015 at 6:26 am

It is beautiful when we see how grace meets us in the middle of our mess, isn’t it Letetia? I need to be reminded of it every second of the day sometimes, because my humanity tends to get in the way of my knowing. Praying that you will have more than enough grace to manuever through each aspect of your day. Thanks for sharing your encouragement!

Blessings,
Dawn

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5 Beth S. March 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Dawn, I don’t have little ones running around my home anymore but this post hit home in so many other ways. This . . . “I missed the power of grace in action when I lived in the ‘not enough’.” Oh, how I need to stop living in the “not enough’s” and live in the power of His grace! So good!! Love you, sweet friend. xoxo

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6 Dawn March 30, 2015 at 6:29 am

Oh, how I know this missing grace in action… now that my kids are teens I miss also the ease of the younger days, though they didn’t feel easy then. I will be praying for you to see past the boundary of not enough today, to live in the grace moments that He is holding out for you to live within.

Thank you for being such an encourager.
Many Blessings!
Dawn

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7 bluecottonmemory March 28, 2015 at 7:17 pm

There’s little to no sufficiency in me – all my sufficiency is in Him. I just have to keep reminding myself of that! Sweet encouragement on this Saturday to let go and let Him!

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8 Dawn March 30, 2015 at 6:31 am

Amen, friend! He is fully responsible for any sufficiency that extends from me, too. That place of being still before Him… of letting go and letting God be in charge, it should be easy because he provides not only the way but the strength to follow. Sometimes I get in the way.
I am so blessed you were encouraged. May you feel strengthened by His sufficiency today!
Blessings,
Dawn

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