Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lessons on Grace

Funny how God chooses the most interesting ways to teach us lessons.

Last Friday was a, for lack of a better word, BAD day in our household. I rarely use that word as there is always some good in everything. But really. It was B-A-D.

It involved a very, very fussy baby, a very, very whiny child, and a very, very emotional mommy.

Not a great combination.

Oh. And blue stamp ink. On the carpet. On the table. On my child's arms and hands. On our comforter.

(Note: Even washable ink does not come off skin in the first washing. Or second. Or third . . .)

Everything came to a head and I was not in fine mommy form that day. I was ashamed at how I treated and spoke to my child that day - out of much frustration and tiredness to be sure but still without excuse.

I am not beyond apologies and as I knelt (after much praying and deep breathing) and apologized to my 2-almost-3-year-old for the way I spoke to her I was immediately forgiven.

And then it was over. No grudges. No cold shoulder. No nursing wounds. Just right back to playing Cinderella like nothing happened.

The perfect picture of grace and mercy.

There was no mistake in Jesus telling us to become more like these little ones.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Pray for Chelsa

The unique thing about blogging is sometimes you get to know people that you may never meet face-to-face. Chelsa is one of those people - a friend of a friend who came to my blog after miscarrying shortly after I had. Besides that bond we both discovered we were pregnant again just weeks apart from each other.

You can go to her blog here and get more details but I found out today that she lost her sweet baby Andon at 34 weeks and, from what I understand, was close to not making it herself and I think is still in the hospital.

My heart is broken for this sweet family and am asking that you would constantly lift them up in prayer - Chelsa, her husband Ryan and their little boy Brycen who was so, so excited about his baby brother. I'm sure she would appreciate the prayers and any encouragement you could offer if you want to leave a note on her blog