I'm at 11 weeks today. The kids and I will leave for my first midwife appointment in less than an hour. How excited I am to hear a heartbeat!
This joy is coming on the heels of a day of many "mom fails" - ie lots of yelling and temper losing. The challenge of raising children has brought me to my knees again, for forgiveness and for guidance. Does this happen to you as often as it does to me? I can see God at work in my heart, I think progress is being made in the direction of holiness. But OH, sin is right there with me!
Perhaps this morning you too awaken with a need for cleansing, to be reminded that you are loved and that God does indeed keep on forgiving and will draw near to you. That's the Good News!
In my heart of hearts, I know it's not "fair". So, I want to do penance or prove myself (to God and man) by "doing better" today. But I can't make up for it; Jesus already took the punishment. I need to rest in the Good News. You too, Christian, need to lie down in the arms of Grace this day. You ARE forgiven; there is now NO condemnation.
I leave you with this chorus from an old hymn, as Corrie ten Boom once said (I paraphrase), there is no sin so great that God's grace is not greater still.
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!