Friday, September 09, 2011

{ all is grace }

All is grace.
Even when life feels cattywampus.
Maybe especially when life feels cattywampus.

All is grace.
Especially when you cringe to hear your children cry because they want  their Dad.
And I stop to give thanks and remember how many children go to bed every night without a father. Nearly 40%.

All is grace.
Especially when he leaves for work at 4:30 am and still isn't back by 11 pm.
 I give thanks because what takes him away from us right now is driven  by his  love for us, to provide for and  make a sweet  home for our little family.

All is grace.
Especially  when you are in between homes.
And I stop to give thanks, thinking of how many people have lost their jobs or  homes or both, in the fallout of our economy or through some other tragedy.

All is grace.
Especially when I fail to respond to my children with grace. They forgive so quickly and freely.
And His grace covers my sin.

All is grace.
Especially  when life isn't fun.
Like when all three of my children are crying at the same time.
All is grace. And I give thanks and think of the longing of so  many would be  mother-hearts, who would give anything to be in my place and see the fulfillment of their dreams as they ache for a baby, or another baby.

All is grace.
Especially being without a phone. And I give thanks that for now there are less distractions and more time to pick up my Bible, and be nourished by those life-giving words of His. And in the last week we have been to the library 3 times and checked out over 100 books.

All is grace.
Especially with all our school stuff  packed away in a box.
And I give thanks, especially for this sweet friend who has been my school fairy and done so much legwork for me. Without her help, Annabelle would not have been able to start school this week.

All is grace.
Especially  when we feel the stress and strain and we feel so unsettled.  We give thanks, as what we are going through right now is so far from a real crisis and we remember how blessed we are and how "unfair"  it is that we have our health, we have our love for each other, we have three beautiful children,  and we have Jesus, when so many others don't.

All is grace. Especially being moved out but not in anywhere.  And I give thanks that we have been so lovingly taken in and given a place to stay in the meantime...and for family who would always and gladly take us in. 

All is grace. And " He makes all things beautiful in it's time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil -this is God's gift to man. " Ecc. 3:11-13

This song has been playing on repeat in my head the last few days.
 It is the inspiration behind this post.

( picture source found here )


Leslie said...

I love you.
You know that.
Nick and Read through your emails last night...and just sat in prayer. For a long while...

We are certain that this hardship this season of move after move... will be a chance to learn and grow, and simply blog posts to look back in, where you will remember how crazy it was, how stressing + taxing, and oh how Jesus carried you through it.

Thats one of the million reasons why these posts are so important. The real life. Not unpacked perfectly posts.. the posts where Grace is evident.

So thankful for A and her family who is tangibly loving, been wondering about school and all that.

Love you. Love you. Love you.
Miss you. Praying.

have a lovely said...

Amen sister! It has been ages since I checked your little spot on the web dear girl...and what a salve to the soul your post was! I pray you continue to see His hand in all the little things...and the things that make great cries in our hearts...even in just the everyday

Deborah said...

Thinking of you and wondering what's going on up there in far away Spokane. Send me an email if you find time.
Thanks for for the reminder of how blessed we really are. I love you all so much.

Andrea said...

Beautiful post! (One of my personal favorite verses too) And what a beautiful perspective, to see grace in the toughest things, when complaining would be so much easier. Praying that God would continue to supply all your needs through this time, and that He would give you and your little ones many moments to make your heart smile through it all! xo

Nikki said...

Love your heart and praying that this hard season gives way soon to another where it's easier to laugh and find joy and there's plenty of family time and not so much stress and work and crazy!

Megan said...

You are beautiful Chelle - simply so beautiful.

I gather that times are tough, but I know that because it is you and your absolutely beautiful family, you will pull together and come out a million times stronger.

Miss you...

Catherine said...

His Grace IS sufficient for us!

Miller Family! said...

This had me in tears, Chelle! You have such a beautiful heart and it shows in you words and life!! I am so blessed to have you as my friend! Love you, so much!