Reflections from the Quiet Hour

Hello from one of the quietest moments of my day. It’s the moment right after both kids are down for the night. Every sound seems magnified, and it’s just too loud to try and tackle the dishes yet.

So, let’s face it. I’ve been a terrible blogger. Or maybe I should say “blogger.” (Imagine that in air quotes with a very sarcastic tone.) I haven’t written anything here in months.

In my defense, a lot of life happens in a few months of toddler mommyhood…

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We’ve had a birthday :), a hospitalization :(, Spring not-so-much-of-a Break, a couple thousand emails, more boo boos than I can count, more diapers than I care to think about and at least a dozen new words for the littlest one.

In a good faith effort, I wanted to write today. I’ve had so many ideas and momentary excitement about post ideas, but just haven’t had the desire to look at a computer screen after staring at one all day.

It’s moments like these when I’m so thankful for grace. (free, unmerited favor from God) There is so much of it when I pick up a project I’ve started but haven’t finished. In fact, most days I don’t think I could really survive without knowing that I am loved by God and accepted by him despite my obvious shortcomings.

I recently (ok this afternoon while running) listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Inspired to Action, and the author being interviewed Shauna Niequist had a lot of truth to speak about savoring motherhood life and grace:

“Invest yourself deeply in what is instead of being so caught up in what you thought it should have been, I think that is a recipe for a very present, very rich life.”

The truth is my life is rich. And full. And messy. But, there is so much grace — a mess of grace as we would say in the South. (as in a big bunch)  When I finish writing, there will still be dishes to put away and dirty floors and a sticky dining room table. And it’s so worth it for the sweet sleepy heads I read bedtimes stories for and kissed goodnight.

Praying that anyone who reads this would know the peace of God that comes from accepting the gift that Jesus freely gave when he offered His life so that we could be free from the burden of sin. In that freedom comes a whole mess of grace for you and me, friend. He loves you and me. LOVES us! He looks at our messy, sticky and imperfect lives and sees beauty.

Don’t get caught up in what you think life should be like. Invest deeply in this moment and thank God for his never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love.

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