Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had come up with a great new way to get Madison to stop leaving clothes all over her bathroom floor. I told her that for every piece of clothing I found on the bathroom floor, she would lose her cell phone for one day. This plan has worked fabulously- with not a single sock, shirt, pair of shorts, pair of tights- at all on the bathroom floor since that Sunday.

Until today.

This evening while she was at dance,
I went into her bathroom and this is what I found

And y'all.....I was so sad.

She's been so good- for over two weeks now- and this is her first slip up.
And it made me sad to think about having to take away her phone.

And I started thinking about how many times
I am exactly the same way with God.

I do really well-
consistently doing Bible study, praying fervently,
putting others before myself, seeking His will for my life-
and then I screw up and I do something I shouldn't,
say something I shouldn't,
think something I shouldn't- and I let Him down.

Over and over and over again.

But because of His grace, I am forgiven.
Not because I deserve it.
Not because I have done anything to earn it.
Not because I am a "good" person.
Not because I have even asked for it.

Simply because He loves me.

He loves me enough to bestow His grace and His favor on me.

Over and over and over again.

And so tonight, when Madison comes home from dance, this is what she will find waiting for her in her bathroom.


  1. you are SUCH a good momma!!!!!!!!! brickmomma

  2. It is nice that you give her a second chance! How did she respond?

  3. You are the best mama ever. Seriously.

  4. What a wonderful way to use our Lord as an example to her life. I am sure this lesson will be more effective than actually taking the phone away. You are a wonderful mom and such a great example to so many of us.

    Thank You!

  5. I'm sure as soon as she returned from dance she was going to pick them up anyway. That was great gentle reminder without having to come down on her.

  6. You are precious. And Madison is very blessed.

  7. Y'all are way too sweet. Madison cracked me up with her reaction to finding her GRACE card. She wanted to know if she could reuse the card again. When I said no, she said but God gives us grace over and over and over again so I think you should too. I told her nice try but that God also had given me the job of teaching her to be responsible. I love that silly, messy girl!

  8. Oh she gets her smarts from her mama! Love the fact that she's trying to use yuor own logic back on you!

    A seriously great idea of teaching the Father's love!