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.