|My son, Jonathan (front) and his friend Nathan. In November Nathan will be married to his fiance, Becca. What better way to celebrate an upcoming marriage than by shooting targets and fishing??! They do have some incomprehensible-to-me male characteristics, but they are Godly young men of whom I'm very proud.|
God's grace has seen me through. I don't feel well physically today but I know from experience that the Lord is going to strengthen me from His deep well of grace as I walk the path before me.
In the midst of all the hoopla this weekend, Mom sat placidly; reading, listening to music, and enjoying a somewhat higher quality and variety of food than usual as I brought her samples of my baking projects. Thankfully, I've moved beyond resentment toward her for lack of support in my labors as she would have given me in the past. Throughout this weekend I felt only gratitude that she had no issues that would have cost me additional labor.
There are times in life when other people place burdens on our shoulders. Sometimes, the freewill choices of those who love us cause them to need our support, sometimes there are accidents or diseases that could not have been avoided no matter what precautions were taken; and once in awhile, as with my cooking and cleaning frenzy of this past weekend, we place ourselves into jeopardy out of good intentions that we end up lacking strength to see through. Whatever the cause--and most times it is probably a combination of reasons--we can find ourselves depleted and feeling taken for granted.
I'm always a little bit surprised that the Lord rushes so quickly to my defense when I'm aware that at least a portion of the discomfort I'm experiencing is self-inflicted. No one forced me to overeat this weekend! But this morning I'm feeling so much gratitude to God for His unmerited grace. Today God's grace brings with it strength that is going to see me through this tired day.
Thank You, Lord!