Monday, January 16, 2012

draw near

to the degree that i understand grace. i give grace.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

not when i stick to my diet, not when i get my house entirely clean, not when i finally had a great day with no yelling at my kids, not when i finally get organized with my budget, not when i get dinner ready and the table set for dinner before my husband gets home from work....and on and on.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

it's when we need Him most.

when i'm ready to scream my head off at my children for pulling every last thing out of their closets and laying it all out on the floor...that's when i need His i can give grace and mercy.

i don't love them just when they are good, when they have behaved well in public and when they have their hair all in place. and He doesn't love me for what i appear to be.

He's approachable. and the more i draw near to him. he'll draw near to me.

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  1. EEK. You read my mind, Jenny! I so needed to read this today...because I've been fighting off the feeling of "I'm such a bad mommy" lately, and I needed to be reminded that I can still be loved by God even when I'm not making the best decisions.

  2. I love that you've drawn our thoughts to the fact that grace is truly AVAILABLE, and that it isn't limited. It's not a one time thing, and that it is ever-sufficient when we are ever-needy. Thanks, friend!

  3. It is so true that sometimes we expect everyone us to do what we want them to, perfectly, when we are so far from perfect ourselves. Thanks for this great reminder!

    1. this is exactly me. i want my kids the point where one day i stepped back and watched myself micromanaging their every little's agonizing when you realize that He isn't standing there micromanaging us, so what the heck am i doing??

  4. The days are so full of opportunities to give and receive grace, aren't they? I feel like I'm barely learning to receive it from Him, finally...but the good thing is that I can now give it away better!

    Thanks for visiting my blog :-)