Sunday, October 24, 2010

His Grace-When Life Gets Messy

Life has been kind of messy around our house lately. I have seemed to clean up more than my usual share of messes.

Children covered from head to toe with mud.

Baby finding the dirt pile.

Baby smeared with chocolate and sticky yogurt.

Black ink being left out, tipped over and spread all over the counter, floor and the baby.

I have had my patience tested GREATLY!!!

I have needed a daily portion of grace to get through each day without losing it!

I ran into this quote by Charles Spurgeon and couldn't believe how something written so long ago could speak to me so profoundly.

"A daily portion is all that a man (or woman) really wants. We do not need tomorrow's supplies; that day has not dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. we cannot eat or drink or war more than the day's supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief. Enough is not only as good as a feast, but is all that the veriest glutton can truly enjoy. This is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful. When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with His daily allowance...we have a sure portion, a portion given us of the king, a gracious portion, and a perpetual portion. Here is surely ground for thankfulness.

"Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you...Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy."
Wow! Was this written for mothers or what?

Something I am trying to remember as well, is that messes make memories!

So here's a toast to many more memories!!!
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19 comments:

Vanyah said...

WOW, I love C.S..but never read that from him, thx. so enjoyed it, I needed that. ;~)

Jennifer said...

Hey...thanks for this! Needed it.

Rachel and Family said...

I so know what you mean! Mary flushed a half eaten pear down the toilet yesterday and it was a huge, overflowing mess.
What an excellent quote to share and insightful for the way it relates to all the messes we face in a day. Thank you for that. One day at a time. Manna!

Margaret said...

Stacie, great quote. I finally am sitting at the counter just having finished breakfast and reading your blog on my laptop... yipee....I am thrilled to be finally doing this. Thanks.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Margaret, that is so awesome!

Rachel, I still think the dead squid is the best story yet! LOL! That Mary, she is quite contrary.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Awesome post, sis! Great reminder!!! I love you so much and proud of your blogging ministry. You challenge me everyday.

Catherine said...

I'm so glad you see the messes as memory makers! Thank you for the quote. I am resting today in one the LORD said, "Come all you who are weary, and I will give you rest."

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Whoa. That is a powerful quote, at a time needed the most. The verse I have been clinging to of late is "take no thought for tomorrow, for today has enough worries of it's own..." If I try to think past today I can't breathe anymore.

Mich said...

My mess was more emotional this past week, than physical, but I could so related.

Love and needed to read the quote. Thanks.

Here is to another week of memories and God's grace in being a part of them.

Anna said...

Hi there, I'm so glad to see that someone else's home life looks as messy as mine does right now! Thanks for the Spurgeon quote - I really do need a huge dose of grace each day. I find life so much richer and more enjoyable too when I do draw on God's grace. Blessings.

singing mama said...

Loved that quote Stacie, very inspiring!! Yes messes can be so hard on a mamas soul and patience ! Luv Donna

Grandma Becky said...

Good thoughts to remember. Thanks and keep on loving those dear children of yours. Hugs!

His bondservant said...

Stacie,

So needed to read that quote today! I need reminding that His mercies are new every morning...and they truly are sufficient. We have been experiencing some daily chaos at times over at our house too...it is times like this I try to think of the great privilege the Lord has given me to be a Mom.

Kara said...

Hello!
Thanks for the follow! I am following yours, too. :) My husband works 24 on, 48 off, every 5th day scheduled, is a Daley (mayor) Day which is a day off. Your schedule seems a bit confusing, too. Hats off to these FF wives who can do it all, right? I enjoy your blog!

Sarah said...

Hahaha Stacie...loved all those photographs! Sometimes life just gets messy...so glad that you are able to laugh about it!

God Bless

Camille said...

Oh I *LOVE* Spurgeon!!!! SUCH encouragement to be found in his writings and they ring true EVERY time!! Rich and powerful...based on Scripture.

How TRUE it is that the GRACE will be there moment by moment...not in GREAT doses for long periods of time...but just like we need food daily and in many little doses, so too grace...wonderful! Thank you for sharing my friend. :)

Love to you!
Camille

Trisha said...

Love this, Stacie! Thank you for blessing the rest of us with this wisdom. Mommies have to remember daily to embrace those messes, don't we? I wish it hadn't taken me so long, but I'm thankful for His grace that helps me daily to not stress out as much over the little (and big) messes. :)

wyatt said...

YOU have a big mess around your house i saw some INK all over who got that MESS/ wyatt

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