Love Gives the Gift of Grace

By September 10, 2013God, Motivation

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By Patti Brown

I’ve been struggling lately.

Fact is, there’s too much on this plate of mine. It’s a big mess slopping over the sides, spilling onto the table.

My husband watches me. It hasn’t escaped his attention that tears are close to the surface most days. So when he makes me stop after dinner and go sit in a quiet place to read, I go.

The kitchen is a trail of my cooking. The laundry stacks high on the arm chair in the living room waiting to be folded and put away. The kids haven’t put away their school books from the day. There’s so much work to do. But still he sends me away to rest.

Sometimes it’s hard to accept gifts. Lists can be slave drivers. When I sit down to rest I accomplish nothing on my list. It makes me worry. But my husband is wise, and that time sitting quietly refreshes me in a way that I can not explain.

Why does he do it? He has worked a long day too. Still he sends me away for peace while he and the kids clean the kitchen. Love moves him.  

It is love that gives the gift of accepting me as not perfect. It is love that says, “You are precious and worthwhile even though your to do list is not finished.”

It is love that gives the gift of grace.

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I just love this Ephesians 1:5-6 journal art by
HelloMornings AC Angi!
(used with permission)

Do you ever think “If I can just get my list done I’ll be okay?” Because then it would be measurable. You would know for sure. You succeeded… you are acceptable. Are you making a to-do list to be acceptable to Him?

I can quantify the grace my husband extends to me. His love is big, but it is finite. God’s love? God’s grace? Immeasurable.

In His perfect wisdom, in His extravagant love, He has extended grace to you, to me, by allowing us to come face-to-face with Him in the person of Jesus.

There are so many aspects to divine grace that books have been written about it. Theologians have spent centuries studying and pondering… justifying grace, sanctifying grace, enabling grace and so much more.

You and me? We don’t have to be theologians to understand that that huge love has given us a gift we can barely comprehend, a gift we desperately need.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.   – Ephesians 2:4-5

We are alive together with Christ! Alive! Not busy workers with long lists. Alive!

This is the grace of spectacular sunsets, of the wind in our hair, of the sweetness of loved faces. This is the grace of air in our lungs, of clear water quenching thirst… the grace of rest.

This glorious grace we are offered is love made manifest. Receive the gift. And live!

Do you find yourself trying to earn God’s love? How have you grown in accepting His love for you?

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12 Comments

  • Katie says:

    This is beautiful, Patti! Thank you for sharing. I’m a constant to-do-lister and the reminder that this isn’t necessary before God is SO valuable!

    • Profile photo of Patti Patti says:

      I have lists of lists. 🙂 And they help me manage the many aspects of my life, so they do have value, but when I start ticking off spots on a God to-do list? Then it’s time to just sit at His feet and lean on His knee.

  • From a lover of lists, thank you for this reminder than I can’t fit God’s grace into my planner.

  • Wonderful article. I thought for a second there, those first three paragraph’s, you had been spying on me in my own house!!! Love you, God is soooo Good!!

    • Profile photo of Patti Patti says:

      LOL Melissa! I suppose in countless houses around the globe there are overwhelmed mamas, yes? I am so thankful for His supernatural rest. And the grace that allows me to linger there.

  • Christina says:

    It’s so amazing that God puts various things in front of my face EXACTLY when I need them. My plate is overwhelming, to say the least. I’m often told to just sit and relax, or read or do anything that will take my mind off the pending “to do list.” But you are so right in EVERY aspect of this post. Thank you for writing it. And thank you for putting my mind back where the focus should be, on God’s immeasureable love.

    • Profile photo of Patti Patti says:

      I think there are a lot of us with messy tables from those overflowing plates Christina! It is so hard to step back and gain perspective, isn’t it? And all the while those arms of Love are extended and waiting. I’m so thankful for your comment. You have blessed me!

  • Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    I value my to-do list, but can get obsessed with it. I keep try’n to go back to the dream I had this morning of God’s love just filling me up. So this is exactly what I needed to read… quiet time this morning was too short, still unpacking from our road trip, dishes…. but by God’s grace I truly enjoyed the precious moment of picking up my kindergartner whose backpack is bigger than him…. and saying hello to an older gal on campus, who our kids and I led to the Lord. Joyful moments undeserved though my to-do list hasn’t got much check marks on it yet:)

  • Gosh, Patti, your heart is so beautiful and wise. I just loved this post!

  • Bless you for this message. We all need this reminder in our busy lives. So glad I’m up and starting my day with you gals!

  • sincerely says:

    My mom is a list maker to the point if every list is not performed, she is very disappointed and she says it does not bother or affect her if it’s not done because she can always do it the next day, but she is affected.
    To the degree, by nagging a lot when her lists don’t work out. She denies them not working out too though. She was abused severely as a child so I see this as her need to feel accomplished. She brags about all that she has done. This isn’t about downing her, but acknowledging her issues helps me see that if I personally don’t make long lists or succeed at them, I don’t feel I have failed, but I used to feel defeated, until God showed me her issue on this. I like that you mentioned it here because it’s so true that mothers especially can feel they don’t measure up based on unfinished lists, when God doesn’t view us this way. But anyone else can too. The world in general, tends to do it also, to feel accomplished.

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