I need Jesus and a lot of grace!

I know one day I will miss it. But today I am totally exhaustified of driving my smaller humans all over creation. I am tired of coming in and out of the cold. Tired of getting interrupted every time I get into the groove of getting something accomplished. Yes, today I am grumpy. I am tired of people talking. I am tired of an endlessly dirty kitchen. I am tired of the overflowing garbage can. I am tired of dinner in 3 shifts. I am tired of the potential snow coming in and the endless questions of whether my kids will have school tomorrow.

But, here is the perspective in all of that grumpy/tiredness…I have a nice car to drive those small humans to their fun activities. I have warm clothes and jackets and heat to keep me warm. I have things getting accomplished, just a bit slower than I would like. I have a spouse and 5 children who want to talk with and share with me and try and make my grumpy self laugh. I am thankful for an abundance of food to eat and cook and prepare the leads to the dirty dishes. I am thankful that the trash is taken out by healthy children and the garbage company will pick it up from the curb tomorrow. I am thankful for the schools my kids go to that will take their safety into consideration when the weather is questionable. I am thankful they have a school to go to where they can learn.

I am truly grateful that His mercies are new every morning and that tomorrow is a new day. I am thankful that my family gives grace and space when I am in this kind of mood. I am thankful that they all care enough to ask if I am okay and notice when I am off. I will take a day to be a little grumpy, but tomorrow I will change my attitude and chose joy!

Ephesians 4:7, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”


By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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