Undeserved Love

DSC02392The other day I was looking through my “Save It” box, a storage bin packed with our kids’ homemade cards and art expressing love. Perusing these brought smiles, audible Awww’s, and a full love tank for this momma.

Then out of nowhere, I just got overwhelmed. Streams of regret flowed down my face as not-so-sweet memories of those seasons – when my children crafted their love notes –  surfaced. Times when I lost my temper, wasn’t present to them when I could have been, judged rather than listened…

Guilt wasn’t resurfacing. I know God forgives and Jesus redeems. Sometimes sadness for the past washes our heart, and when it does, wait for the rainbow that God’s love reveals.

No, in that unexpected moment, awe overtook my heart.

DSC02388Their happy hearts expressed so adorably on paper seemed to eclipse those hard days. Through all the yuk, they loved me.

“Gosh, Lord, I didn’t deserve their love.”

Then God reminded me… It’s not about deserving.

DSC02395It’s grace. God’s amazing grace.
His love to our children, for our children – and through our children to us.
His love to us, for us – and through us to our children.

God loves you. Period.

Every day, He meets us with love.
No matter how we behaved the day before.
No matter how often we repeat the same disobedience.
No matter how long we’ve ignored something He wants us to deal with.

Faithfully, He leads us to deal with our “matters” – for our sake, our relationship’s sake, and for the sake of His glory. Knowing we are weak, He extends grace.

“But for the grace of God I am what I am…” (1 Corinthians 15.10a)

Grace.
His help in love to move our heart toward Him.
His help in power to turn from our way to His way.
His help in strength to grow us strong.

God wants us to extend His grace to our children. Meeting them with love from Him. Pointing them to Him. Supporting them with buckets of prayer.

Dear God, Thank you for how You love me. Thank you for Your grace. Help me love my children the way You love me. Amen.

Passionate Pursuit {day 29}: A Tall Glass of Grace

Do you ever beat yourself up emotionally?
I do.
Sometimes even before I get out of the bed in the morning.
I wake up and “it” comes to mind. That thing I did or said – again.

My friend Joanne Ellison invited me to guest blog at Drawing Near to God today.  I hope you’ll join me there for the rest of the story.

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Living FREE

DSC01961I regret not spending more time….
I’ve been handling her disrespect the wrong way.
I wish I could undo the damage I’ve done.
The things I said… still play over and over in my mind.

Regret.

A familiar fork-in-the-road of everyday life.

One road leads to captivity. Holding on to our regret… it begins to have a hold on us.

The other road leads to freedom. Inviting God to affect our regret. That His purposes for everyone involved are powerfully realized.

581795_10202295751545629_1813402917_nTalking to God opens doors in our soul.
His light exposes dark corners where regret hangs out.
When regret hovers over wrong we’ve done, let HIs light lead us to forgiveness.
Where it hovers over mere mistakes, let His light lead us to freedom.

It’s time to live FORGIVEN.  FREE.

Empty every bottled-up detail and emotion. To God.
Whatever it is, He was there.
Loving us in our weakness.

DSC01572Amazing Grace.
Receive the fullness of the power of the Cross.

Dear God,
Thank you for your steadfast love and mercy. Thank you for Jesus. Strengthen us to walk toward You. To receive your grace. Help us to extend Your grace to our children. To love them in their weaknesses as You love us in ours. In Jesus’ name. Amen.