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.


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Let Go of the Picture in Your Mind and Make Peace with Life
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How I Know God is With Me
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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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New Lines

My daughter and I have some favorite bedtime books. You Are My I Love You is at the top of the list.

In this sweet story, a loving parent tells her babe . . .

 “I am your favorite book. You are my new lines.”

We are a military family, and slogging through this Army life, we get a practical re-write every two to four years. A new story, fresh plot lines . . .

But between the scrawling lines of new heart friends and the terse scribbles of unfinished chapters and sometimes unhappy endings . . . there is a deeper re-write in my soul.

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Be who you are…

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At a time when just being a young black man in America is enough to get you killed—you know what I’m talking about, you’ve read the headlines—I wonder what the other mommies tell their sons. All mommies worry about their sons, don’t they? All mommies tell their sons to be careful, to be respectful, to stand up for themselves, walking in the Truth of God in whose image they are made, right? Are other mommies afraid for their sons?

Here is what I know of fear.  I am sufficiently realistic to acknowledge that I will never be free from them. However, I declare that they are not the boss of me, and will never paralyze me to the point of immobility.

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When Your Efforts Go Unnoticed

Col. 3.23

There are days when it feels like my efforts go completely unnoticed.

It doesn’t matter where we’ve gone, what I’ve tried, or how many errands were run. Someone’s mood is less than desirable. The one thing not accomplished or that was missed on the shopping list is the one thing being talked about. And it seems to get bigger…overtaking everything else.

We tend to focus on the negative, don’t we?

The one thing that didn’t work out instead of all the things that did.

The item we would like to have, ignoring all that we do have.

The unfinished work versus the completed tasks.

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New Life in Jesus Christ

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Spring has always been my favorite season. I like that although 50 degrees in the fall feels cold, in the spring it feels like a heat wave. And with the warmer air, there’s hope that winter is nearing its end.

Spring reminds me of new life—buds on the trees, flowers peeking through the ground, the subtle shift of everything turning from brown to green…

And the new life we have in Jesus Christ.

New life because Jesus took on our punishment, and through His death and resurrection, we are set free from sin.

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.

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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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For the Days You Want to Sing the Blues

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There are days I feel sad and unmotivated. Maybe you can relate?

Life, and what’s going on, will contribute to my mood. But, my mood is just that—the way I feel today. And today won’t last forever.

The thing about moods is, they change…and often.

While one day I might feel like singing the blues, the next day I may be humming a different tune.**

So, today, I’m sharing what gets me through the I-feel-sad-and-don’t-want-to-do-anything-days.

1) Remember that this feeling is temporary.**

So many factors contribute to how we feel on any given day…hormones, the weather, how we slept the night before, lack of exercise, illness, and more.

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