Been doing some reflecting as of lately, I suppose it just comes along with the time of year…one more day left of “summer”. As often takes place, I just so ‘happened’ to read something in the moment I needed to read it. It’s tender, it’s inspiring, it’s right on, it’s challenging. I came across this list. It’s helped me to focus in my meandering thoughts. I pray that it might be just the thing He would have you read today too.
It’s titled – How to Know Where Grace Lives
- You can tell where grace lives because all the neighborhood kids want to hang out there. There is more dirt to be swept, there are more snacks to be made, and the grass doesn’t grow outside the back door or under the swing. But kids show up, hang out, and get loved where grace lives.
- The dust may be a little thicker on top of the TV, and the closets a bit cluttered, but hearts have been tended where grace lives. Family management has become the tool instead of the goal. Schedules matter, but souls matter more.
- There is always enough for one more where grace lives… one more for dinner… one more to sleep over… one more hug… one more kiss.
- The lights are on late where grace lives. Grace stays up to listen, hug in the dark, and wipe away tears of disappointment and pain.
- You can see people dancing where grace lives, because moms hang up the phone, turn up the music, and dance over the victories of their children. Sometimes the children just watch from behind their cereal to “catch” the grace of a silly mom.
- You can hear things like “Please forgive me, I was wrong… I’m disappointed, but I love you… You are my treasure… You are my blessing… Let me pray for you.”
- The eyes of the children where grace lives shine with joy and anticipation. They have not been wounded by impossible expectations. The have not been distanced by rejection. The have been embraced and accepted and loved.
- The moms at the house where grace lives are just regular, everyday moms, but God lives inside them. By His power, they are becoming holy and righteous and good. The stumble but they recover quickly. They make mistakes but say, “I’m sorry.” They get blown by the winds of heartache and adversity, but their hearts remain tender toward God.
I encourage you to look up and read Psalm 103: 8-14. May His words just soak into your soul, as only they can… God bless!