It's Five Minute Friday and we're linking up with the Five Minute Flash Mob at Tales from a Gypsy Mama
Today is my birthday.
Tonight, my husband, children, family and friends stretched my heart to overflowing with love and kindness and just such wonderful blessing I could cry. But this week wasn't all roses and it reminded me of other ways that I need to stretch myself.
A burned out oven and six dozen cookies waiting to be baked can make one frazzled. A screen door requiring a special spline which is only discovered AFTER you've taken it apart can make one frustrated. A package that was not mailed and discovered weeks later can make one feel like a screw-up. Etc. Etc.
Yeah, I did the whole condemnation scene, until I remembered that there is no condemnation in Christ. There is correction and learning, and that's what I needed most. There is love and humility and there is grace. Grace.
God reminded me through these circumstances that I often neglect to extend mercy and grace over my own mistakes and that is why sometimes they get the better of me. He reminded me that I do need to learn from them, but most importantly that they are there oftentimes to remind me just how much I need Him. He's strength to my weakness. He's grace to my condemnation.
So, tonight, I felt that grace and that love abounding and I hope to carry it into the next week, no matter what. To model for my precious children that no matter what comes my way, my arms and heart will stretch out for the One who can give peace, understanding, healing, forgiveness, correction and that wonderful, wonderful grace!