>1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp is transforming me. Grace is difficult to give and even more difficult to receive. There is so much joy and freedom in grace, but I want to cling to my self-loathing, reveling in my unworthiness. God wants to give me grace so that I can give grace. Give. Grace.
The first thing I did this morning was cancel my e-subscription to a homeschoolers’ devotion. It weighed me down almost every morning with guilt. The antithesis of grace. No more. Yes, we are all going to screw up, daily, maybe with every breath, but that is the point of God’s grace. He knew before we were even a thought that today would be here and that I would react, think, and goof up. He still gave us unfathomable grace. EVEN THOUGH HE ALREADY KNEW what I would do with it. To wallow in loathing is to reject this precious gift. Give. Grace. Giggle (or repent) and get on with it.
Gifts from today:
Clean sheet Monday! Fluffy pillows, crisp sheets just begging to be snuggled in!
Eating breakfast together!
Towards my mission for simplicity:
Toss extra stuff in the bathroom.
Start on the girls’ room. The Boy’s room looks great! My room is finally a refuge–I even swept it again yesterday! What a luxurious feeling to crawl into a clean, freshly made bed, deep and soft with warm blankets. How wonderful to crawl out of that bed in the morning without tripping over stuff. I am almost 1/3 of the way to a simplified main floor. It is wonderful and scary at the same time. Why, why, why has it taken me 36 years to realize the beauty in simplicity? I am LOVING this! Thanks to another great book, Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.