Accepted!

Re-entry is always tough. We’ve been off the normal schedule of home life for three weeks. My husband has been home on vacation. We’ve slept in and played games and stayed up late watching movies and eaten way too much of all the wrong sorts of food. Today, though, we were to going to get back to normal – normal meals, homeschooling, normal chores. I was resting in the fact that my husband was still home on vacation and would be here to help keep us on task. A little after 5:00 a.m., the phone rang and my husband was called in for an overtime shift. You already see where this is going, don’t you?

 hawk in poplar tree

Breakfast was served, more or less on time, but the rest of the morning found us falling right back into “holiday mode”, despite our attempts to stay on track. I had to head outside to irrigate the orchard because we’ve had no measurable rain for months. The hose, which hasn’t been used for weeks, was coiled neatly and needed to be stretched back out to reach the end of the drip line. It kinked. Several times. I had to flush the hose carefully to be sure that no little critters had taken up residence.

Peach Tree in Winter

While I was outside, I greeted our good neighbor as he fed his horses, and we struck up a conversation. They’ve been hurt by the people of the church they’ve been attending. They’re wondering if they should go back or move on. We chatted. We talked about God’s grace in our lives. We talked about the gospel. I invited them to join us at the church we’ve been visiting, but he was non-committal.

I tripped over our love starved cat as I made my way back to the house. He trotted along ahead of me, only to throw himself to the ground, belly up, in hopes of some attention. I bent down and rubbed this chest, then scooped him up and carried him with me. He purred his gratitude.

Spats the Cat

I came in, saw that it was 11:30, and sent a text to my husband lamenting the fact that it was not yet mid-day and that we were failing, miserably, at reclaiming normalcy. He texted back that he was praying for us.

I appreciated my husband’s prayers, of course, but I was so discouraged. The day felt rather irredeemable at that point.

fall leaves

So, at 11:45, I sat down to read what should have been my early morning reading from Jerry Bridges’ Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey, and this is what I read,

“We can begin each day with the deeply encouraging realization, I’m accepted by God, not on the basis of my personal performance, but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.”

I’m accepted! I’m accepted by God because of Jesus!

The text said that I could begin each day with that “deeply encouraging realization”, and that changed my outlook on the day entirely.

At noon, I started the day all over again. Encouraged! Uplifted! Accepted!

Barefoot Will

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8 comments to Accepted!

  • Isn’t it wonderful when the Lord puts just what we need right where we need it!? It is hard to get back into the groove. We are still struggling here too. My kids are starting back to school today, the college student not until next week, and well, I have been back to work since Dec. 27…That’s alright. Enjoy your family! Wow, no shoes in January! How great is that!? I’m a barefoot kind of gal and that is the part about winter that I suffer through!…shoes! Hubby has been worried about the droughts in all areas that are effecting our food prices. Praying that you will get the rain you need in your area!

  • I expect being there for your neighbor WAS part of the day God ordained for you. 🙂

    Having a difficult time here merging back into the real world. Although the sudden drop in temperatures woke us up!

  • Trying to get back into the groove here also. The holidays, with all their busy-ness and a surprise visit from our son who flew back from Germany and showed up right after Christmas, remodeling projects and lots of company have left me tired and wanting a relaxing vacation. However, God is my supply and will get me through another busy weekend with family coming…this time it is for my sweet DIL’s baby shower!

  • Hi Cheryl,
    There you go peek in my windows again. LOL How did you know I needed to hear this today. There are a few bad habits I wanted to change this year. Here it is the 4th day and already I have back slid. Thank you for reminding me I can start fresh right where I am at and I am accepted. Great news on the over time.
    Have a blessed day.
    Elizabeth

  • oh wow, so encouraging, cheryl.
    been there done that!!!

  • Liz

    I read this today at 11:30am on a so far “lost day”. It’s just what I needed. I copied the quote onto the desktop of my computer. I’m going to go cook lunch and reclaim the rest of my day. Thanks

  • I love that as you poured out encouragement to your neighbor, the Lord filled you up again as you spent time with Him. It’s wonderful the way that works!

  • spacebunny

    Love this post. We too are experiencing pains getting back into our normal days after almost a month off and guests.