When Complaining is Drenched by Grace

DSC00870The process of moving seems to stir my weaknesses to resound: These days complaining holds first place.  Mostly, in my thoughts, often through sighs and moans, sometimes to God, and too often, to my very patient husband.

Sometimes I sound like our children when they were younger,
“Why do I have to …”
“I’m tired of …”
“I don’t wanna …”

The Apostle Paul prayed for change in his circumstance.  Instead, the Lord showed him the path to be changed. “…’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12.9)

God drenches us with His GRACE.  Like steady rain.  Sometimes like a waterfall.

DSC02328For almost 2 years, one of my fervent prayers has been, “Lord, change me.”

Lately, for every complaining thought I’ve entertained, God has met my heart with His GRACE.

Four days in a row, the realtor calls to schedule a showing which translates hide all the piles I’ve been working on AGAIN…
A son calls, “I’m praying for you, Momma. How are you doing?”
His GRACE washes over me.

Lists of to-do’s invade all efforts to sleep …
Another son texts, “I wish I could come home and help you, Momma.  I’m praying.”
His GRACE washes over me.

Our daughter flies home with a semester’s worth of laundry the day before the move – and that’s okay … because OUR GIRL IS HOME!!
Jet-lagged and having not slept for 2 nights, she says, “How can I help?”
His GRACE washes over me.

Farewell coffee with friends.  We laugh.  We share our hearts, frantically catching up like we don’t own phones or computers.  Driving away, I’m sad. Familiar tears surface, good-bye tears.  Lord, we didn’t have enough time…
His GRACE washes over me.

Holy God, 
Thank you for Jesus, my Saving Grace. Help me recognize, receive and be changed by Your GRACE.  Amen.

4 thoughts on “When Complaining is Drenched by Grace

  1. We have been praying for you and Terrell during this move! Thank you for the words of encouragement even through these stressful days. We look forward to having you here!


  2. Good Morning Anne!
    Yes, you surely can, so I appreciate your supportive words. Thanks for taking the time to comment in this busy season. Much love to you.



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