If we are open to it, grace is all around us. "All is grace," as Ann Voskamp repeats over and over in her "take-your-breath-away-it's-that-good" book, One Thousand Gifts.
I found this prayer last night while cleaning my daughter's closet. I am so thankful that my little girl's eyes are open to Grace! And my prayer is that she does not lose her "grace-eyes" as she grows. Oh, Father....cause her to see. Cause her to see YOUR fingerprints everywhere she looks!!!
From the heart of my little girl to her Heavenly Father:
Thank you for being such a giving God. I am so blessed. You didn't need to be so gracious. We all often forget how blessed we are....but I don't want to. I want to embrace all You have given me....even the smallest things. Like the five senses. You didn't have to give me sight, but You did! Thank You! If I didn't have the gift of sight, I would never have been able to see the vivid colors of a blossom tree in the springtime. Also, You didn't need to give me the gift of being able to hear. But You did! Without it, I would never be able to hear the birds chirp in the morning. Thank You so much for giving me this gift. And thank You for giving me the gift of taste! If you didn't give me this gift, I would have never been able to taste a sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. And thank You for giving me the gift of smelling! If I didn't have this gift, I wouldn't be able to smell the sweet aroma of a newly bloomed rose. And last but not least, thank You for giving me the gift of touch! Without this wonderful gift, I would never be able to feel the soft fur of a newborn puppy! So my Lord, please give me a thankful heart that wants to praise You and thank You 24/7. I thank You again, Father, for ALL You have done for me!
In Jesus' name, Amen."
I can think of no other way to end this post than with a Scripture that echoes what's in my heart right now: "Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!" -3 John 1:4 (The Message)