Friday, August 13, 2010

Amending Mistakes


With my husband and older children gone for the week,
I bravely set out to take the younger 5 children on an outing to pick blackberries. 
I had trouble getting a lunch packed, dinner in the crock pot,
and all the necessities we would need for the day in the van in a timely matter. 
Sadly, I forgot to pack my gentle and quiet spirit.  



My romantic notions of us all picking baskets full of sumptuous berries along the river were sunk.
  As I became desperate to stop the train of irritability that I had so easily succumbed to,
I sighed,
I prayed, 
and I repented.

My children gladly forgave.
  I said I would reward them with Popsicles.
  “You’re the Best Mommy!” I heard enthusiastically from one of the back seats.
  I was humbled. 
If only I could muster the graciousness of a 6 year old.

Warm wind blowing in our faces,
our fingers purple and sticky from our productivity and Popsicles,
we happily made our way home. 
The words of a song I had been listening to over on YaYa Yarns blog saturated my mind:
And like a flood, His mercy reigns
Unending love-Amazing Grace”



Earlier, I had been soaked in agitation. 
Thankfully, God had heard my cry.
  Thankfully, the children were easily appeased,
and thankfully, I was able to walk away from my selfish attitude and walk with God.

It has been a long, humbling week with my husband  and older ones gone.
  The younger ones are easily out of sorts with half the family missing.
  I have been tried and failed. 
However, His mercy reigns, 
and as Ms. Stacey (Anne of Green gables) wisely stated: 
“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”






When  we go visit Nanny in the morning,
the first thing I will make sure I have with me is
a gentle and quiet spirit.

3 comments:

Gina said...

Love it! Prayed for you this morning. :)

Aaron and Amber said...

I am striving for this too. After a 5 day trip where I was not any where close to having a quite and gentle spirit, I have also done some repenting. Thanks for the posts!

Amber

~ Being Woven said...

Julianne, what a gracious post. How often do I head out without that beautiful gentle and quiet spirit ... the one part of me that I desire to have the most. I love Ms. Stacey's quote... not mistakes in the new day. It is something I want to remember.
May your weekend be blessed as you are a blessing.
loving you, ~ linda