Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Grace Leads to Joy!

Well, I couldn't even catch the tail end of the month of October I feel like it just blew by! ( It really did with  a storm that sported 30+ mile winds during my tomato sauce cooking time- that started right when I was settling down to write this post-such is life) 
I so longed to share my heart over these 31 days and I am glad to have shared at least a few with you. although I was not able to maintain the writing part for 31 days, believe me these were 31 days of graceful becoming. Every single day grace was in the fore front and it carried and continues to carry me.
there was the day of no napping from my little guy in which grace poured out of me-not as easily as I want to extend it but growth was definitely experienced. 

or the long days spent working on a project for the girls ministry at church when Sam was at his grandma's house and all I wanted to do was nap. ( another grace moment within- oh what a blessing my sweet mother in law is! she has taken Sam at least once a week for the last few weeks and Giselle and I have been able to spend time alone...(sigh)...)  Grace took over those days in person through my friend and mentor who supports and prays for me and is not afraid to get in the trenches with me. 

how sweet to share the Grace of God through the Philippians bible study with the gals from work, those days have truly refreshed my soul! 

Oh my sweet husband how he extends grace to me everyday! a constant reminder of what it means to serve like Jesus! I pump in the mornings before Giselle wakes up ( i must insert another grace moment here for my champion sleeping beauty sleeps 12 hours everyday! ) so, my dear Josh makes sure that all of the supplies I need are cleaned and sterilized for the morning. wow! 

I know what your thinking...why is she up right now! actually I'm not so sure myself! 

one thing I am sure of: His grace is enough! 
I get to go back to work this Sunday, but I'm not ready.
I was expecting a longer time off-but God's timing is not mine thankfully because His is better!
I sound positive but at moments today I struggled. I wanted to question and stew but I decided to sing instead. The only way this happened was because of what I have been learning and living this month his grace enough! 

One trend I do see is that we were never created to experience grace on our own! 
We were created for relationship not only with our creator but also with our friends and family! Oh my what a beautiful community of friends has The Lord blessed me with! I love the way we can do community these days even when we are not close to each other! I have even participated in a cyber book club with dear Marie from baking chic! I have met new friends on Instagram by coming together to help others ( i am so excited about sharing more on this soon)! Truly the closer we draw to him the closer He draws to us just as he promised-and out of that the closer he brings to us those

we are meant to strive on this journey with! 

Many blessings and may the Lord's grace suprise you and overwhelm you as it has me! 

a glimpse into my life...

picture courtesy of Samuel Benjamin Photography

another graceful becoming reminder!