Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Singing and Grace

I woke up this morning with this song going through my head...

I can go directly to my Lord in prayer.
He has told me I may boldly enter there,
And He listens as His promises I plead.
I find grace to help and strength for every need.

I grew up in a family where we listened to lots of hymns and classical music. I'm so glad for all the hymns I have memorized because of this. They are such a comfort and encouragement to me. I like waking up with a song in my head (if it's a good one ☺), because I think about it all day. It helps to set the tone for the day. This one was so good for reminding me that I don't have to do this day on my own. The Lord will help and give grace for whatever my needs. 

I have been so thankful that this school year is going so much smoother than last year. I posted earlier about how burned out I was last year. Honestly, I was trudging through school every morning, taking a long nap in the afternoon and then somehow muddling through the rest of the afternoon until supper. 

I know one thing that has helped is my toddler growing up just a little more so that he is more easily occupied while we do school instead of crying because there is no one to entertain him. I'm going to do a post soon on the activities we've been doing with him. 

But I also know that I have learned to pray more - to ask the Lord to help me. Being a mom is hard work - having help is essential. I'm thankful that it is so easy to say a quick prayer when situations arise in my parenting and trust God to send the answer. Sometimes it's something as simple as me stepping back, taking a deep breath and starting over. It's not always that easy, but I'm not as easily overwhelmed these days. 

So life has been good this fall by God's grace. "Grace" - the word leads me to another song - one of my favourites...

Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering soul to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it.
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Do you have a favourite song that can really lift your spirit? You can check out my daughter's favourite songs on her blog - Ramblings of a Janeite.


  1. My favorite song is "Come Thou Fount" - esp the verse, "Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be. May Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart oh take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above."
    Such good words!!!!
    I sing A LOT. I guess when I was little I'd have a doll in hand and singing and singing. This is how I raised my babies - singing and singing to them. I now have two of my kiddos (Tim and Stef) who LOVE to sing with me - we just start singing and singing ;) So wonderful!!!
    You have been so inspiring with your blogs and your work ethic with your kids, Jen. Wish we lived closer :( Love you!

    1. Julie, you quoted the exact song I put at the end of the post. I guess we're even more alike than we realize. Love you too.