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.