Small Graces

This past week was the hard week of the month for me. I often felt sluggish and behind and one morning I woke up full of anxiety. I had no reason to feel anxious, it just hit me out of nowhere and all the sudden the common tasks of the day felt insurmountable. It's funny...and sad...and frustrating the way that our minds can sometimes play tricks on us. Jeremy prayed over me and I read Psalm 73:21-28 and Lamentations 3:19-24. 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my potion forever.
Psalm 73:26

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: 
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, 
"therefore I will hope in him."
Lamenations 3:22-24

These verses have become a bit of a battle cry for me on my dark days. It's a comfort to know I trust in a God who is not controlled by the whims of the human heart. He doesn't change, even when my emotions do. He constant, He is faithful, He is strong, and He is full of grace!

When we are home my kids are mostly likely in a costume. The getups that they come up with and the scenarios they act out never fail to bring me joy!

On Sunday Little Lady saw my outfit for church and decided that she wanted to be "twinies". Every time she pointed out our matching outfits to her friends my heart did a little happy dance. 

Little Lady and I also had some fun dress shopping this week. We went to a local second hand children's shop to find shirts for Big Buddy - I swear the boy looks bigger everyday! We, of course, couldn't leave without looking through the pretty dresses!

Thanks to Papa we also ate far to many Olaf waffles this weeks. 

The kids also received their annual Saint Patrick's Day box from their Great Aunts. We've yet to begin decorating but I'm excited to ornament our house in all kinds of green merriment. 

For a sometimes rocky week it ended in the best possible way - a date with Jeremy! We went to see Punch Brothers, one of our favorite bands. We also ate dinner at an amazing restaurant called Inspiration Kitchen. We'd never been there before but were blown away by their mission; they provided training and jobs for Chicagoans who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. That's reason enough to support their business but the food and service was also amazing - we will definitely be going back!

This post is part of series inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

Sometimes they slip by without notice
Sometimes they are very hard to see
Other times it's all so clear when they are happening to me...

They are a reminder to the heart there is more to the life than meets the eye...
He is in the small graces,  the little moments when the miracles come...
small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come

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