Tuesday, March 20, 2012

he gives grace

one of elijah's favorite activities is wildly pulling everything from his shelf in the living room.
he reminds me of the tornado rex game my brother had as a kid.

he spins so fiercely in that corner, you can't help but smile. or you'll cry.
especially when he plops himself onto the pile and wiggles his hiney around and screams shrieks of delight.


darling as that moment may be, it loses its charm after about the tenth time in a single day.
the piles get flung around the entire house, causing tripping injury to both of us at times.
there isn't really anything that he can't get into.
he can climb anything, open anything, unlock everything...
some days, i just pack up everything except the play doh, and lock it in my bedroom.
this leaves me only one door to guard, and saves my sanity a bit.
i say "a bit", because i honestly feel like i am losing my mind!

most days though, it's ok. or it's getting to be more so.
and it's not that we've seen much progress yet, in elijah.
rather i am beginning to see progress in my heart.

i've seen grace come down and make its home here, in our little downtown apartment.
smack dab in the midst of a mess strewn about the whole place.
i've heard it above the screams and flails of frustration that echo between our walls.
it's felt when my elijah brushes through my hair with his little hand.

grace.

each day i awake to a fresh helping, fit for the day ahead.

i need only ask.
and i do.


i read this yesterday, from one of my favorites, charles spurgeon:

 
Grace is what we need just now,
and it is to be had freely.
What can be freer than a gift?
Today we shall receive sustaining,
strengthening, sanctifying, satisfying grace.
He has given daily grace until now,
and as for the future,
that grace is still sufficient.
If we have but little grace
the fault most lie in ourselves;
for the Lord is not straitened,
neither is He slow to bestow it in abundance.
We may ask for as much as we will
and never fear a refusal
.
He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
The Lord may not give gold,
but He will give grace:
He may not give gain,
but He will give grace.
He will certainly send us trial,
but He will give grace in proportion thereto.
We may be called to labor and to suffer,
but with the call there will come
all the grace required.
What an "end" is that in the text -- "and glory!"
We do not need glory yet,
and we are not yet fit for it;
but we shall have it in due order.
After we have eaten the bread of grace,
we shall drink the wine of glory.
We must go through the holy, which is grace,
to the holiest of all, which is glory.
These words and glory are enough
to make a man dance for joy.
A little while -- a little while,
and then glory forever.
{c.h. spurgeon}

 
be encouraged today, friends!
he will give grace.
have you asked him today?

17 comments:

  1. I needed that verse today. And those words from Spurgeon. Praying you have renewed strength and fresh vision as you go through this day, Hannah.

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  2. "He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
    The Lord may not give gold,
    but He will give grace:
    He may not give gain,
    but He will give grace.
    He will certainly send us trial,
    but He will give grace in proportion thereto.
    We may be called to labor and to suffer,
    but with the call there will come
    all the grace required."
    This is absolutely beautiful.
    It is something I am struggling with so much right now--givig grace to ones who have hurt me deely or simply to ones who have bugged me too many tims in a day.
    What a stunning reminder of my calling.
    And of His sufficiency in the midst of it.
    Thank you Hannah.
    May God give you His grace today as you clean up the results of another whirlwind.
    At times it may not seem like it, but you are doing God's work there in that little downtown apartment.
    God bless.
    Love from,
    Greta

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  3. My dad told me grace was "god doing for us what we could never do for ourselves." thanks for this today. :)

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  4. Amen. And you know what? One day we will miss those messes!

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  5. most encouraging line: "Grace is what we need just now"
    amen. sometimes i forget that. think i need more than just for each moment.

    love you hannah.
    thank you for being encouraging and pouring out to us in the midst of your own struggles. :) know that you are loved, by the Lord, and by this crazy network of people he has surrounded you with.

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  6. Hannah, what a beautiful mess. My boys are 10 & 7 and still bring their stuff down stairs to make a beautiful mess. It won't last forever so lets cherish the moment.

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  7. i feel like i'm one endless human loop of begging for grace. :) and we're still standing, so clearly He supplies.

    loving Him with you today, my hannah.

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  8. Oh so beautifully put. His grace takes the burdens and lifts them gently off our backs. Praying your burden would be lighter with each passing day. xoxo, sweetie!

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  9. So so sweet, and makes me smile because I know that story of the mess all too well. I still live it with my little man!

    Today was another turning point for me and my faith, and this post was perfectly placed for me to find it.
    Wonderful!

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  10. I JUST came to the conclusion that I need to give myself more grace as a parent. Thanks for this today, Hannah girl.

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  11. We ended up sticking most of the kids toys in categorized boxes on a shelf system in the garage. We only let them get out one or two at a time... saves our sanity! :)

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  12. You always have the best things to say at the right moment, seriously. So thank you for this beautiful reminder Hannah! Praying for you xo

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  13. Thank you so much for your encouraging scriptures today. Your little Elijah throwing books all over is precious, tiring for you , but precious, what a gift he is
    Blessings to you.

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  14. Ugh this is sooo encouraging. I am so thankful He knows exactly what we need when we need it!

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  15. So beautifully worded. Wonderful scripture and quotes!

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