Tuesday, January 3, 2012

grace sandwich

It’s a redeeming end to a rough start kind of day.  Back to school, back to schedule, back to routine.  We took too much time off in December, way too much time.  And we’re paying for it now.  It’s been rough, parts of the school day took longer then they should have and I was still make up free in jammies at noon today.  That alone will make a girl feel icky.   I had at least taken a shower, that much I can say.
Oh, and there’s a massive puddle in my laundry room due to the broken washer fiasco of 2011. Thank you craig’s list.  We needed a new dryer earlier this year and could only find a set, but it was matching and they were in great condition.  I think we got a lemon.  It’s loud and squeaky and terrible and needs a diaper…but that is another story I guess.  On to today…..
Our school day wrapped up, the sun came out, I put on some clothes and things turned around.  So here I sit with a cup of coffee, listening to three kids screaming down the street on their bikes and watching the sun pour through my filthy windows.  All is calm.  There is peace.  It’s not of my own making, not because I’ve done things just right to achieve that.  It’s God’s gracious gift, in the middle of it all he brings me peace.
And on the cusp of a new year I’m grateful for God’s abundant gift of peace to me; peace and grace and mercy and freedom and unending love. 
I’ve got my lists for the day, lists for the year.  I don’t have many resolutions, just a few goals and some ideas and prayers for 2012.  I’m trying to get some organizational system in place, and I bet I can write a book about a piler and a filer got married and figured out how to live in a small house happily ever after.  But really, I want to end the year more like Jesus than I am today.  I keep thinking of something my dear friend shared with me a few weeks ago.  It was about her prayer to sandwich everything she does with grace.  That people would notice that about her, when they were with her they would sense God’s presence and peace and grace as she comes and goes.  And I can tell you, knowing her, that is true for her.  I want to be like that.  She took her inspiration from the apostle Paul who begins and ends each biblical letter with “grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”  That’s what I want for today, this week, this month, this new year, a life punctuated with grace.
And that will make for a good year.
And I guess if I was being really picky I’d ask for a brank spanking new washing machine.  I wouldn’t mind that one bit.
How about you?  Resolutions?  Plans?  Goals?  What in 2012 has you excited?


  1. dude. i think my comment just got erased.

  2. yep. rewrite: i love that notion of living punctuated by grace. that's going on the list of things i want to change, in reference to your last post. this year, i'm looking forward to more exercise - i bought deals for ten tennis classes and ten yoga. so excited for that. so NEED that. and also, i'm hopeful for the fulfillment of some of God's promises to me, healing in some areas, and growth in others. i can't wait to see what He will do in 2012.

  3. Happy New Year, Gina, may it be glorious and full of grace! love Jen


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