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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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Cling to Jesus and Remain

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In all my life and in all I have learned, all the good, the trials, the storms, the lovely and the hard, I know one thing for certain and above all else…I must cling to Jesus.

I have to cling to Jesus.

To cling is to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence. To remain or linger as if resisting complete dissipation or dispersal.

Depend  on Him. Linger in His presence.

If I don’t…If I let go even for an instant, I will dissipate. I’ll become less.
Purposeless, faithless, graceless, loveless, godless.

I have to cling.

Cling until my knuckles are white and my muscles are tense and Jesus becomes a part of my hold, my grasp, my fist.

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Today…I Will Smile. Yes, Today I Will…

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Today…I will smile, even if it doesn’t come naturally. I’ll look past the trouble and annoyances and find reason to smile.

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. Proverbs 15:13 MSG

Today…I will pay attention to those around me. Family, friends, someone I happen to see once…I’ll notice and see them. And I’ll share kindness.

Today…I will find the positives in my life…the good in the midst of the trials. And I’ll give thanks.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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When Waiting for Answers and the Indwelling of Peace

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I cannot begin to remember and count all the different times I have wanted to know how God is working in and through a particular situation and also wanting to desperately know when I will have answers. I think it was my pattern for life especially as a younger Christian without a lot of spiritual growth under my belt, so to speak.

Too numerous to count are the times answers did not come on my timetable, but as I have walked longer with the Lord, I have learned more about the process of waiting. Learning about waiting is not an easy or pleasant experience.

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Faith to Move Your Mountain

When you need faith to move your mountain…

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This passage has been a challenge to me. It’s easy to feel like somehow we must manufacture mountain-moving faith–as if it is some secret formula only the most devoted can learn.

Sometimes we’re trying to move the wrong mountain.

I struggled with the questions in my heart about how to have faith to move my mountains. But sometimes we’re trying to move the wrong mountain and too often we ask the wrong question.

Jaque Banas of Vision Writer’s International teaches the concept of journalizing, a specific way of meditating on Scripture by taking dictation from the Holy Spirit and writing to capture, assimilate and obey His personal instructions.In her study, Prayer the Power to Possess, she writes:

“If you don’t know the question, ask God.

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Praising Him in the Midst

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All too often, I have trouble praising God in the midst of unpleasant situations. I’m full of praise when I see His work in my life, and I praise Him for the beauty He creates around me. But it’s those times of trials where I struggle.

Praise was my One Word for 2013. So, you’d think I’d have this praise thing worked out. But, I’m still working on it. I think I’ll always be working on it because it’s hard to put myself aside—how I feel and what I’m thinking—and start praising.

It takes a conscious effort to praise God at all times—especially times I don’t feel like it, when I’m angry or complaining…times when I’m overwhelmed by life…and times I’m starting to doubt that everything will work out.

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We Are Not Defined By Our Mistakes

PHOT0014.JPGIn a recent conversation in the office, we were laughing that no matter how many times we proof a document, it seems a typo or error will be found just after the e-mail has been sent or 1,000 copies have been printed.

“I always wonder what mistake I’ll be remembered for,” someone remarked. Light-heartedly, I said, “We are not defined by our mistakes.”

But, as I walked away I kept thinking about it. Isn’t that something we all need to be reminded of?

We are not defined by our mistakes.

Yes, some can be real doozies, and some mistakes are remembered for quite a while.

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What I ask myself when technology makes me crazy

typing handsTechnology frustrates me. Can I get an Amen from anybody?

I’ve been wrestling with a technical issue and, as of this writing, we haven’t been able to resolve it. I say “we” because the problem is beyond my ability to fix, so I’m paying someone to fix it for me.

Yes I have a degree in computer science, which makes me think I should have the upper hand on technical problems. But I earned that degree back in the 80s, so more than a few things have changed since then. Besides shoulder pads and big hair.

And technology is changing so fast it’s hard to keep up.

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