The Brats

December 26, 2012
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James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (NIV)

It was one of those days. You know the kind I mean: one little disaster follows another, until we finally reach the breaking point and we think we are just going to start screaming if one more thing goes wrong.

I was minding my daughters' brats, Sienna and Sam — such cute, innocent names for such devious, mischievous little imps. Throughout the day, my patience had been stretched to the limit with their antics. Sam had discovered that wallpaper rips very nicely off the wall, while Sienna had happily munched on one of my favourite Christmas decorations. On top of all of this, they had both had me up during the night and then proceeded to have numerous accidents on the floor and the rugs throughout the day.

As I pushed myself up off my knees from cleaning the carpet one more time, I found myself whispering, Grace, Lord, grant me grace to deal with this pair of little monkeys. And that's just what He did. His grace arrived through the gift of laughter, as everything Sam and Sienna had gotten into that day ran through my mind like some kind of crazy cartoon, causing me to see the humour of the situation in spite of my tiredness and frustration.

Sam and Sienna are only a pair of Yorkshire Terrier puppies, and yet, God's grace was available for me amidst their trifling, unending antics. Such love and mercy, in the form of grace, is a great encouragement to me. For if God's grace is so freely available to us amidst the small, minute things of life, imagine the outpouring we can look forward to when we are asked to face the truly gigantic, scary, mind-boggling issues that life enjoys flinging across our path when we least expect them.

Truly, as the old hymn written by Annie Johnson Flint states, we can trust that:

    He giveth more grace when the burden grows greater;
    He sendeth more strength when the labours increase…
    His love has no limits; His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!


Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your gift of grace amidst the trivial as well as among the great burdens and frustrations of life. Truly, You are a most amazing God whose love and mercy have no limit and whose grace has no measure. For this, we praise You in Christ's name. Amen.


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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • Devotional Feedback says:

    Wonderful application Lynne and so true.


    Lynne – I love the hymn you quoted today. What would we do without His grace that He gives us regarding the little things to the fears, worries and anxieties we take to Him? Thank you for writing this experience. I love your stories and their applications.


    Dear Lynne: I understand what you are saying. Our grandchildren just left for home. All well behaved but our bed will be a wonderful refuge tonight.
    I love that old hymn you quoted.


    Lynne, thank you for sharing with us today. This is an awesome story and I enjoyed it very much. God is amazing and what you shared about His grace and strength is always very true with me also. May God continue to bless you and may you contnue to receive His grace.


    Hi Lynne. Dog-sitters of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your patience. But animal lovers of he world can relax where the motto is love me love my hot-spots… and there lies a parable for us prone to sinning. We are visiting with our dachsie in a very, very spotless home and the outside abluties are on the strictest of timetables for the fourfootsies.
    Thanks for the devotional,
    Gods blessings,
    Good New year.


    As usual a wonderful devotional. I trust you had a blessed Christmas and I truly wish you and yours a pleasant and well New Year.

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