everyday grace

Monday, October 17, 2011

In two surreal and completely separate moments this week, I was complimented on my parenting by strangers. I don’t think this has ever happened before. Sometimes people compliment me on my children’s behavior, but I’ve never been complimented, to my recollection, on my behavior.

I’d just like to share one of these moments: Last week, we had to leave a store early because Brenden was sick. That day I was doubting my parenting in a very real way. I felt so discouraged over the entire situation. I do not feel it was my finest day as a parent.

We returned to the store about a week later where to my surprise, a store employee asked Brenden if he was feeling better. She said she remembered how kindly I talked to the children and how they responded so respectfully; they don’t see that very much in parents. She said, “You are obviously a really, really good mom.” (To which I nearly snorted aloud.)

I don’t share this to brag on myself in the least bit. If you read this blog, you know that I struggle with parenting the same as anyone, and I do not really consider myself to be a truly great parent. I share this to brag on my God. Isn’t that just like Him to give this gift, this moment with a complete stranger, to cover that very moment where I had doubted myself the most with His unlimited grace? This blessing, this unmerited moment was just a beautiful reminder of His presence.

 

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

 

437. cool, sunny fall outdoor days
438. hand-markered, poorly-spelled love letters from my daughter to her father
439. morning smiles
440. apples, red, ripe, and round
441. steaming orange flesh of my sweet potato
442. spicy, fragrant mulled cider
443. crunch of colorful leaves underfoot
444. the certain chill of a fall rain
445. reading my favorite childhood book aloud to my favorite children
446. online community
447. traveling vicariously with Tony Bourdain
448. shining droplets of everyday grace
449. fort building in the backyard
450. Saturday nights with sisters and cousins, food and laughter
451. Sunday lunch with new friends
452. trust in an old friend, safety and encouragement all in a few minutes on the phone
453. late night laughter with my best friend

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