overwhelmed

So much of my day seems to be filled with doing something.  I am up and at work before the sun cracks the sky and home shortly before the sun tucks in at night.  We continue work on our house, making it more and more into a home.  The boys are busy with school and church and it seems like so much is happening.  I could really be overwhelmed by my anxiety as I worry how everything will get done.

But instead.

But instead, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts (Colossians 3:16 -bold mine).

Gratitude for the blessing of a husband who cares for his family and makes sacrifices no one else- including me- truly knows.  Gratitude for children who have grown up to be young men who are responsible, trustworthy, and lead others to be the same.

Gratitude for a supervisor who acknowledges my work and encourages me to continue to rise to the challenges I face in my position.

Gratitude for the dear friends and family I have scattered across the United States who send me sweet words and messages on my birthday- letting me know they are thinking of me.

Gratitude for freedoms no one else on earth has been given.  Gratitude for the responsibility that goes with those freedoms.

Gratitude for the church we have the freedom to attend without fear of retribution.

Gratitude for food in our pantry and fridge when so many have none.

Gratitude for the freedom to be a part of the political process in my country.

Gratitude for grace.

God’s great goodness is overwhelming to me.  He watched over me when I was first conceived, through the early stages of my development, and in numerous ways I will never know this side of Heaven, keeping me safe from harm.  Allowing me to learn of His Grace again and again as I walk on my Faith Journey.

Matthew West’s song “Grace Wins” is my anthem lately in this area.  I pray you will be able to embrace these words in your own life.

Blessings.

GRACE WINS –Matthew West (bold mine)

In my weakest moment I see you
Shaking your head in disgrace
I can read the 
disappointment
Written all over your face

Here comes those whispers in my ear
Saying who do you think you are
Looks like you’re on your own from here
Cause grace could never reach that far

But, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame
I hear you call my name sayin it’s not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt
I’m down but I’m not out

There’s a war between guilt and grace
And they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof
Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death’s defeat
Now I’m rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time

Words can’t describe the way it feels
When mercy floods a thirsty soul
A broken side begins to heal
And grace returns what guilt has stole

And, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame
I hear you call my name sayin it’s not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt
I’m down but I’m not out

There’s a war between guilt and grace
And they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof
Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death’s defeat
Now I’m rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time

For the prodigal son, grace wins
For the woman at the well, grace wins
For the blind man and the beggar, grace wins
For always and forever, grace wins
For the lost out on the street, grace wins
For the worst part of you and me, grace wins
For the thief on the cross, grace wins
For a world that it lost

There’s a war between guilt and grace
And they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof
Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death’s defeat
Now I’m rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time

Every time
I’m living proof grace wins every time

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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