Because of our traveling over the weekend, we visited another church in another town. The pastor of this church gave the platform to his wife to speak, and she spoke on the topic of mothers and mothering. I love this video clip she shared with the congregation:
If you’re a mom, maybe you could see yourself somewhere in her lyrics. If you’re not a mom, you’ve had a mom, and you may see her (or other mothers you have known) in this. I admit– I could identify with it– I saw myself, and my mom, too, in the video clip!
This song creatively highlights what some of our days sound like… and it left me wondering… do I sound like that more than I don’t? Like a mom moving her mouth fast and furious like the William Tell Overture, with all my “do this’s”, “do-that’s” and “no’s”? It’s a funny song, I love it, and there is truth in it. As a mom, I do have responsibilities, but I wonder if I’m sounding more like a Martha than I want to be. If life is moving fast, so are my words. At any given moment, as a multi-tasking mom, I can have numerous quote clouds orbiting above my head, as I quickly blurt out instructions this way and that!
I don’t want my kids to recall my admonitions of the daily tasks as the hallmark aspect of my mothering. I want them to remember grace, in the midst of all the to-do’s, lists, reminders, etc… amidst all the stuff of life. This humorous video clip makes me stop and reflect… wonder what I sound like. Hmmm. What will they remember? Am I speaking with enough grace?
The pastor’s wife yesterday also gave some encouragement from scripture. Here is one of the verses she mentioned, which talked about grace:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corin. 9:8
I was thinking of the word “abound” — what does it mean to have grace abounding toward me? Sounds like something I want. But what does it mean?
Out of curiosity (and for fun), I looked up “abound” on dictionary.com and found a beautiful list of synonyms:
cup runs over with
no end of overflowing
plate is full of plenteous plentiful profuse prolific replete rich
So much to glean from here. I also did a Google search for the Greek word from this passage. The Greek word for abound is perisseuō (περισσεύω). Here is the definition:
- to exceed a fixed number of measure-….. to be left over and above…to abound overflow…something falls to the lot of one in large measure…o extcel more than, exceed
- to make to abound
- to furnish one richly so that he has abundance
- to make abundant or excellent
“To furnish one richly so that he has abundance, to make abundant or excellent”—and to think that this much grace is what I am being “furnished” with in an exceeding amount is a breathtaking thought that fuels me for the day, for the tasks ahead. THAT much grace—straight from the God of all grace—to me!
Living in the mystery of this abounding grace, the pace of my mind can slow down, and hence my words can slow down, even in the midst of a world that does not slow down its pace. Because He gives it to me in exceeding measure, grace is there for the spilling. I need not rush. I simply draw out and pull from the well. And might I find more graceful words instead of frantic, busy blurts, there, in that place?
I admit, it’s a place, a pace, and a vocabulary I’m still working on. But, even in the hardest times of the journey, I’d rather be here, learning, than stuck in the whirlwind, not knowing how to stop and get off. God gives me a stepping-off point.
As the recipient of this kind of grace– a fullness of mercy and an unseen beauty that covers every empty hole and fills to capacity, something unseen surrounding me and overflowing— means I can share out of the overflow of this grace, and unfurl a bit of this beauty to others around me. This is what God gives me, not only as a mom, but as His child, in any task, in any relationship. This is what He gives to each one of us, anywhere, no matter where God has us this day.
My list of thanks, #173-191:
173. God’s lavish grace abounding toward me and in me, in such abundance to be able to give to others
174. lovely words from a daughter on my birthday (today!)
175. thankful for another year, for God’s grace, focusing not on getting older, but more graceful
177. red tulips on the verge of bloom
178. warmer days
179. first piano recital for the boys
180. substitute teaching one day last week
181. a great night of sleep in my own bed after 2 nights away of sleeping elsewhere
182. cinnamon sugar bagel for breakfast
183. friendships, on every level, but especially the ones that are deep enough to share the biggest and the smallest, the easiest and the hardest, the pains and the joys, and the best and worst of it all… a group that is smaller in number but richer in mutual grace
186. chasing after dreams
187. the opportunity and gift of being a mom
188. talking with other moms, knowing that other moms out there share similar experiences
189. home educator conference…contemplating the next step of the journey
190. wanting to do too many things, things left still undone… gives me something to reach for, something to hope for, excitement for the future
191. a surprise gift when visiting a museum this weekend–the museum was offering free airplane rides for the kids! The kids had a chance to be co-pilot and help steer and fly the plane, a real two-seater plane– an amazing experience, totally unexpected.
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