Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"three-four-five" {or "redemption for a dummy"}

three ways to have a beautiful morning:
wake up to your toddler singing "hi-ho, hi-ho" from snow white
read aloud the days bible reading with your child while eating breakfast
greet husband with a kiss upon his return from an early morning meeting

four ways to totally blow it by lunch time:
verbalize that you are annoyed every time something little doesn't go your way
grit your teeth and scare your child away from the sink as you clear the dishes
completely flip out when your husband asks what's for lunch
basically tell your husband that he is an idiot and needs to shut up

five quick ways to redeem the day:
cry out to god to soften your heart and calm your irritable spirit
repent of your thoughtless, loose speech and accept forgiveness
find husband and child and ask for their forgiveness
hug and kiss your family and tell them they are champions
decide to act like you believe and know jesus

know what's not so funny? that this is a verse i read this morning. out loud. i even tweeted it.
in no time at all i was a big dummy, with loose words and a hot spirit. what in the world?
in this life i will continue to need the grace of jesus. daily. every moment. i desperately need to keep short accounts with the savior, live in repentance, and walk in forgiveness.
this evening, i read timmy brister's blog and this stood out to me like a neon sign:

 "The means by which we become more and more like Christ is through repentance and faith as the gospel mode of operation. Christians are commonly called “believers” because of faith in Jesus Christ. Christians should also commonly be called “repenters” because we are daily turning from sin and self-reign to glad submission to the reign and rule of Christ as King."

that should be me.
daily repenting from my sin and selfishness and joyfully submit to the merciful rule of jesus.
lord, help me to kill my sin

and you know what else i read today?
hebrews 4, here's verses 14-16:

"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

i'm so thankful that he is willing and able.
will you seek him with me today?


  1. AMEN amen amen amen!

    I'm so thankful that you write what I need to hear, when I need to hear.

    Thank you Jesus for You, and thank You for Hannah. =)

  2. yep. i sure will.

    thanks for the challenge to do so.

    i love the way you wrote that.

    so glad 5 was bigger than 4 ;)

  3. you bet. i'm a fellow repenter, my friend! <3

  4. Oh girl, that day sounds very familiar. Thank God for grace.Love you!

  5. My favorite part is the hi-ho hi-ho. I can't imagine a better way to wake up. Lucky lady.

  6. That's the beauty of His Grace and Mercy. Knowing that they are new every morning! We can come to our father and ask for forgiveness and because He is crazy in love with us, He forgive us and give us rest.

  7. Yes I will!

    It's a constant journey, remember that. We are not perfect and thank goodness He is patient with us!

    I read a devotion out loud to my kids yesterday and as I was reading it I felt myself thinking "oh wow, I need to heed these words!"

  8. Well said & well written!
    Yes..we ALL are in need of Grace & I need to remember to repent on occasion. I will seek Him with you today friend!


  9. Well said & well written!
    Yes..we ALL are in need of Grace & I need to remember to repent on occasion. I will seek Him with you today friend!


  10. yep.

    let's press on together!

    love ya:)

  11. I was in Hebrews 4 earlier this week. ch a powerful passage.

  12. your honesty and humility are the fruit of the holy spirit. blessed are those who know they need a savior.

  13. Thank you for sharing these words! I had a day like this today... The morning started out wonderful, the afternoon was, meh... but by the evening I was crazy stressed almost to the point of tears, and I had to apologize to two of my kids for acting like a crazy mom. Thank GOD we get to start anew tomorrow, and thank God for His word!

  14. you are a blessing...a complete blessing to me :) xoxo friend!

  15. Oh Hannah this is awesome. I love the breakdown of your day. Isn't it crazy how that can happen. One minute everything is fine, everyone is happy and all of life is beautiful and the next all Hell breaks loose. God is so good to redeem and restore those moments back to greatness again. Thank you Hannah for being such a gem, and for these reminders. It's making me think that I posted this week on priorities and I'm feeling a tad bit convicted about that right now, seeing as how I have only read my desk calendar scripture.