Monday, April 26, 2010

No Guilt in Life

Today I felt guilty for sleeping in. I felt guilty for getting a late start on our school work. I felt guilty for letting the kids watch a video. I felt guilty for spending time on facebook when there was a pile of dishes in the sink. I felt guilty for letting the paperwork stack up on my desk. I felt guilty for having children who raise their voices at each other. I felt guilty for getting behind on the laundry. I felt guilty for not exercising.

And today the Lord said, "I love you."

He said it in the precious words that a friend sent my way. He said it in the chirps of a mama bird who has built a nest on our front porch. He said it in an email from my mom in Slovenia. He said it in Bethie's giggles as we wildly raced through a math drill. He said it in Avery's belly laughter at the dinner table. He said it in the piano duet I played with Drew. He said it in Aidan's inimitable voice who asked, "Are you just makin' stuff up?" as I prayed with him tonight. He said it in my husband's kiss.

And He said it in my heart, from His word, loud and clear, just when I needed it:

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I breathed deeply, appreciatively. I know that this is the truth, this is who I am. I also know that what Anne Shirley says is true: Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it. But even when I hit tomorrow's first mistake, I will know that I am loved, forgiven and free.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Stuart Townend

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  1. beautiful words. So true! Thank you for the lovely reminder.

  2. I've been singing it all day.....

  3. I know I say this every time, but I love your posts. :) you have made a great point, all that really matters at the end of each day is that God loves us, His chosen people, and we are here to glorify Him, no matter what we do.

    I plan on homeschooling when we have children, and I can tell you already, we will have lots of similar days to the one you speak of, lol. ;) I just am that kind of girl I guess, I want it to all be perfect, but some days I just have to let things go a little.

  4. Ah! soothing words in a weary land!



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