Lord, Give Me Grace

The morning sun was just beginning to peak through the trees as I prepared for the day.  I noticed its deep hues, gently spreading light over a darkened earth.  I thanked God for this grace-filled day, dedicating myself to do His will and promising to look for joy in all of the God-moments.

And then the children woke up.

Within a few minutes, the peaceful stillness of the first light of the day was shattered by a screaming baby and a bouncy three-year-old.  Before I could say a proper “good morning,” Ephraim had already dumped all of the dog food into the water bowl.  Hannah refused to get dressed for the day.  And Jamie was glaring at me from under warm covers, fighting the sleep that pulled his head back down to the pillow.  Was this supposed to be one of those grace-filled moments?

But that’s just life.  The children bring chaos.  The dog tears through the house.  The husband grumbles through his morning routine.  (And to be honest, I grumble, too, because I am just not a morning person!)

Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

The Spirit seems to keep laying this verse on  my heart lately – whether I’m enjoying a beautiful sunrise or changing a dirty diaper.  Can I truly find God in this messy, unpredictable life?

The answer is, of course, YES!  Every moment is a God-moment!  Every task, every trial is a God-moment because God is always with us!  God is in each moment!  That revelation soothes my soul; it calms my temper; it brings me joy!

If I am seeking God in the middle of the toys strewn around the house, Hannah knocking Ephraim down over and over again, Ephraim clawing at my leg for me to feed him again, and everything else that goes along with this crazy life, then I am going to find Him.  He never leaves us; we just forget to look for Him!

So as I begin to participate in another grace-filled, emotionally challenging, God-seeking day, I feel peace in the chaos because these are the moments that God has given to me.  And His grace is always sufficient.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Cor. 12:9

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