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Lara is a daughter of the Most High, a mama of two, and a farmer’s wife. She writes about faith, adoption, kid-chasing and all things farm-y.

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  1. Three year ago this weekend I was turning 30. My husband and I were awaiting the news of whether or not we would lose our baby in utero (due July ’08) to fifth’s disease. God didn’t take our Adrian. He was born healthy and did not contract the disease. This weekend, I turn 33 and would have been having a baby in 8 more weeks, but the Lord took that baby home at the beginning of my second trimester. This verse “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” was what made everything make sense. It’s not about everything going right, but about God being the sustenance. His grace IS enough. If the only thing he EVER gave me was grace (which He has so freely), that’s enough. If he took every thing else I ever had, have, or am going to have, his grace is enough. More than enough, and I am so grateful for that. That grace reminds me that my hope is not in this world, but in the one to come, the one where my baby that I have never met lives. That day I’ll understand grace better than I ever have.

  2. His Grace IS sufficient. But not just sufficient, abundant! If I receive it, I can walk serenely. And I ask myself at times, why would I ever NOT accept it, when it is readily available? The only reason I sometimes reject it is because I am embracing my self-centered choice to not “die.” I sometimes just don’t want to serve. I sometimes want to be served. And that flies in the Face of the One who poured Himself out so that His Grace would be readily available for me to walk in victory. I am thankful, so thankful, that He continues to skim off my “dross”!! 🙂

  3. Lara, I loved this. It was the perfect reminder. I am low on sleep and my dear friend who has been there so much for me needed me these past couple of days to watch her 4,3,2 year olds along with my 3 and 1 year olds…

    anyhow, it is His Grace that leads us to letting go and enjoying…

    Love Isaiah 40:11…it brings me tears every time I see it…what a tender word for us who mother (and father) little ones:) Blessings to you!

    • I prayed a prayer of blessing over you as this post stayed with me and proved true as you shared here…such a beautiful, life-giving word and then linked so well with Ann’s I read in the first quiet I had…

      be so, so blessed Lara:)

  4. What a powerful post! I never really thought about “His Grace” being sufficient for ALL my needs.

    Now I, too, have the secret when low on sleep or work gets busy – Just pray for His ALL Sufficient Grace.

  5. You know that old hymn, Amazing Grace? That song is for real. Just like your words here. The grace of God is really all we need, isn’t it?

  6. I too woke up after a long night, but it is ME that is sick. Still, God is faithful and sustaining me so that I can help my family. Thanks for the encouraging words!

  7. i love this!!!
    “Grace that says motherhood is more about enjoying and less about enduring each day.”
    how easy it is to feel like you are enduring instead of enjoying…thanks for the great reminder!

  8. I’m not a mom, but this post spoke to my heart in a powerful and real way! Especially the “Grace that says He doesn’t ask perfection of us. He asks for hearts willing to do the work…” line. What a wonderful reminder that God’s grace is always sufficient. Oh, how I long and pray to truly embrace and live by this promise more and more and not just in my moments of absolute emptiness.

  9. Wow. I could have written this today. Both of my children (an almost 5 yr old & a 2 mo old) are sick and were up all night. Then, our fire alarm wouldn’t stop going off which led to the fire department coming over at 1AM. Add to that getting up at 4AM to start my long (and stress full work day), I was expecting to be dragging and sad. But, through God’s grace, I’m full of energy and enjoying every minute!

  10. Well, you’ve included my two favorite verses. I live off of those things like an addict.

    Awesome post, Lara… from a genuine heart. It’s why I love you 🙂

  11. Thank you for this post Lara. It’s exactly what I needed to hear after the very challenging weeks we’ve been walking through. I’m letting these words stick to my heart and my head today: “Grace that says motherhood is more about enjoying and less about enduring each day.”