Yesterday’s sermon was so inspiring. The word of God was preached over me – Russ went through scripture and talked about doing what the Lord has called you to do. All of the message was right in line with and added even more to all that the Lord has already been teaching me, walking me through. With ease I planned out my Monday.

This is what my plan for Monday (today) looked like :

6am time in the Word

6:30 workout

7 Leland wakes up

7-11 laundry, housework, prep dinner

11 Leland naps

11-3 prep for bible study

3 Leland

Perhaps get together with a friend of mine

6 Dinner

7 Leland to bed

8-11 time with Tyler

11 Leland and Bed

What a wonderful day, right? No rush – just simple, get everything accomplished in an enjoy the Lord and my family kind of a way

Well, then Monday rolled around. A little too early. A little too dark outside.

And  I didn’t wake up until Leland did, at 7AM. You may be thinking at this point, it’s just an hour! You can make it up! And while that’s what I was thinking too this morning at 6AM when I did not get out of bed – I now realize with the sun up and a clear mind – I cannot get that hour back. And it’s an important hour.

I can do those things today – that’s true. But  I will be bumping into other time.

So far it’s only 9AM right now – my day has looked like this :

7 Leland

change our sheets because he spit up all over them

fold the laundry in the dryer – move the wet clothes to the dryer – and fill the washing machine with sheets and anything else that will make it a FULL load

bath Leland and take a shower because at this point, why not?

enjoyed a latte, cheerios, and quiet time in the Word

and now it’s 9AM and I am writing this post.

I wanted to share with you what the Lord is teaching me. That as we purpose ourselves in the Lord, as we plan and prepare, He will many times have to come along side us, behind us, and hurry ahead and around of us, and fill our little plans with His patchwork of grace.

After all, He does say in His word, that He goes before us. And hems us in. and leads us in the way we should go. And covers it all with His grace as we work out in our lives what He has called us to.

I mean y’all, I KNOW – my PASSION – is being Tyler’s wife and Leland’s mommy. This is my CALLING. I LOVE it. And here I am, on Monday morning, can’t barely get out of bed. Seriously.

The Lord has been teaching me this morning His patchwork of grace. And I cannot wait to see all that He does – and I’m sure that there will even be aspects that He does not reveal to me on this side of heaven. At the same time, I do not want to take advantage of His grace.

The Lord has been teaching me this morning that He sustains throughout every minute detail of my life. One of the seemingly justifiable reasons I was so super slow to get out of bed this morning is because a. I did not sleep super well last night. And with that being said, we can all laugh at one another with knowing glances. We sleep in safety, temperature controlled environments, in beds with bedding and comfy pj’s. Come come. We ALL had good nights of sleep last night. Barely no matter how many hours – and I did say HOURS – of sleep we got. So, in the middle of the dark of the morning, all I can think is how much I wish I had slept more and better and I thought, I’ll just take this hour to get some more sleep. Because Lord knows I need it. This morning the Lord said, girl, you know I’m your sustainer. I’ve got you. I know how much sleep I’m giving you and what your day holds. (It may just hold a nap, for all I know!) And when I call you to get up in the morning – at 6AM – I want to see your pretty face. Can’t you just hear the Lord saying that to me? Well, He did.

In the most gracious of ways. He is so faithful. and so true. and so good. and loving and pure and wonderful. And righteous in all His ways.

So now, with this Monday morning’s pot holes all filled up with God’s patchwork – I resolve humbly before the cross of Christ, where we are all equal – equally needy, equally special in His sight, to redeem the time today. To walk in love. As His child of light, in His wisdom.

Blessed be the name of the LORD.

Isaiah 26:7-9 The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.

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