Obviously I’m going to need some grace as I try to build community this year. Here I am in a new place physically, professionally, spiritually and emotionally and I plumb forget one of my most favorite events of the week.
As a follow up to She Speaks, I am participating in a series of conference calls for writers. Last week’s call was so encouraging and overwhelming and did I mention encouraging? The ladies are so wonderful. Connecting over the phone was just like connecting at the conference only without the face-to-face. I just know this group is a treasure of information, love and support. We only have six calls and I'm savoring every one of them already.
I anticipated the call all day. I planned on listening in as I watched a child audition for swim team. As seven o’clock approached, I was taking my child who is a "character" to the bathroom for what we call here in this house a talkin’ to for the second time. In an hour.
I plumb forgot about the conference call. I plumb forgot it was Monday or seven o’clock or that I was at swim team tryouts for that matter. All I could see was red. I was way too busy talking myself out of a tizzy and way too busy giving my "character" a talkin’ to to remember where I was or what else I was supposed to be doing.
The first day of school and unfamiliar routines have a way of doing that. I’m growing in the area of my life called discipline and organization. I must write everything down and carry that list with me. I must plug it into my phone and set an alarm, a loud one. I must extend grace to myself when it all gets to be too much. And I must extend grace to my "character" when he requires all my attention, even attention I planned to spend somewhere else.
I thought extending grace was an appropriate theme for my day since what I was trying to do was learn how to boast about Christ better and more effectively. The Bible is clear. Our weaknesses speak louder than our strengths ever could. I need loud grace this week. I’m having a moment, ya’ll.
Where do you need loud grace today?
[God] said,“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. . . So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. 2 Corinthians 12:9 & Hebrews 4:16