By: Jennifer Murray

Grace Like Snow…

beautiful trees with snow It’s right around this time in January or a tad later that I start breaking the resolutions I promised myself on January 1.

* No more fries. (Chick-fil-A Waffle Fries, you got me.)

* Read my Bible everyday. (Sunday is optional, right?)

* Quit biting my nails. (I never make it past Day 3.)

* Exercise 3-5x a week. (Still going, though I despise it most days.)

* Wake up earlier. Go to bed earlier. (This night owl thing is a hard habit to kick.)

* Praying throughout my day and listening during prayer. (My communication is often so one sided.)

* Serve others more. (I’m sure I’ve overlooked a dozen ways I could have served others.)

* Organize Life. (Will I be able to stay on top of laundry, schedules, etc.?)

It’s right about now that I want to start beating myself up, falling to defeat, resolving never to resolve again, throwing in the towel without counting the costs.  Sure, some of these things might be just silly ambitions that are for the most part meaningless. However, many of them reveal a lack of obedience, submission, and discipline. 

I’m confronted with the realization that I’ve been chasing after my own perfections once again. I’m destined to fail without His strength.  You see, I am nothing without Him. (John 15:4,5)

But you know what? I ask for forgiveness and He reminds me that I’m forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7) He embraces me with His mercy. He gives me strength to try again. He covers me with His grace.

Like a blanket of snow.

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11 Responses to “Grace Like Snow…”

  1. AmazingGreis
    January 14, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    I gave up on the “stop biting my nails” resolution years ago, because it doesn’t ever happen.

    Also, yaye for working out. My goal for the year is at least 3 days a week. So far so good!

    • QuatroMama
      January 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Go, Greis, Go! I’m working out in about 2 hours. Gah.

  2. Alicia @ Alicia's Homemaking
    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    So true, Jen! 🙂

    As for biting nails, my goal is simply to stop biting them for these 2 weeks before Blissdom. He he.

    • QuatroMama
      January 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Maybe if we both stop we could treat each other to a mani! =)

  3. punkinmama
    January 14, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Beautifully written!

  4. connie
    January 14, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    thought I do not know you personally, your words ALWAYS hit me to the core. This is EXACTLY what i am feeling right now. Your words are an encouragement to me!

    • QuatroMama
      January 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Connie – Awwww. That honestly touches me. So thankful that Christ can use me, even in my weakness.

  5. Trish
    January 14, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    JUST what I needed to hear today. I’ve been beating myself up over so many un-important things even when I feel Him telling me I just need to focus on listening to Him and doing ALL things for His glory.
    I’ve resolved to try to keep Him front and center and let the rest fall into place.

    • QuatroMama
      January 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Trish, your words are an encouragement to me today as well! Thank you so much for sharing your heart on this.. Praying for you today!

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