Friday, July 20, 2012

five minute friday: enough

I begged her to say my name.  Mama.  For a solid year.  On a consistent basis.  I prayed for the day I would hear her call me by name and knew who she was actually calling. 

And it happened.

Now, I hear my name, a name that I cherish, about 36,172 times before we head out the door in the morning.  And I admit, sometimes I cringe, but generally not until the 36,170th time.  Generally. 

I knew that raising a child meant picking up toys.  Though, I'm not sure I thought it would take 2,769 times to pick up the same ones each morning.  Generally, I don't annoyed until I've picked up for the 2,755th time.  Generally.

I even knew that babies cause messes.  But it isn't until you are on the third wardrobe change of the morning and you are already running late that the frazzle begins to show. 

I could not have known that when the white sandals she wears almost everyday went missing that I would feel like I was losing my mind.  The sandal that has taken up the best hiding place in all 1504 square feet of our house.  The sandal that I have had lengthy discussions with my toddler about its location.  Yes, that sandal has caused me to lose my mind.  I could not have known that.  Not possible.

But, all of this is where grace enters the scene.  Grace. 

I fail her everyday.  But, I am ever the more thankful for His abundance of grace.  He pours it out over me like a refreshing waterfall.  And I know.  I know that I can get through one more moment with His strength.  Never my own.  Only His.

   'My grace is enough; it's all you need.
   My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen.
I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.
It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness.
Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer,
these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.
I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.'
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (MSG)


  1. Your post today is just delightful! As I was reading I was reminded of those first years when my son was a toddler (he's 16 now!). Thank you for sharing and bringing those memories back to me. And for reminding us all of God's grace!

  2. And all the mamas say AMEN! Thanks for a great post!

  3. i so relate!! love your grace-filled mama heart!