a bucket of grace

George Goodwin Kilbourne

“Lord I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better I’d have come running with a bucket.” -Nancy Spiegelberg

We carry such a burden of performance and Jesus wants us to come for an endless lake of His mercy, joy, fun, love, forgiveness, power, beauty, adventure and freedom.

To celebrate each day in the infinite possibilities of what it might hold if we were willing to follow the fingerprints of God, instead of choosing to live in the limitations of Man’s confines, voices and laws, is a goal worth pursuing. He is wild, out of the box, way beyond our control and more interesting than we can imagine, but often we live in the mundane and don’t see the miracle of the moment because the eyes of our hearts are blind to His reality.

I loved the C.S. Lewis quote,

If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desire not too strong, but too weak.

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us,

We are like ignorant children who want to continue making mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of  a vacation at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

Today, I am looking for Him and taking time to notice in the midst of deadlines, duties and messes. I will never have a day just like this again to notice and celebrate with a grateful heart.

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  1. Gina Hubright says

    I am here in South Carolina….It is cloudy and about 80 degrees…..I have the doors open and listening to the sweet shower of rain outside. The kids are upstairs playing (should be doing school work) but all is good and right with the world right now. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I look forward everyday to your writings and you have helped me more than you know.
    Thank you Sally and thank God for his innumerable blessings.
    Gina Hubright

  2. Berle George says

    Sally, I just recently found out about you from our preacher’s wife and enjoy your writings so much I am an 83 year old great great grandmother and just wanted to let you know I appreciate you so much,
    Grace. Peace, and Love to you, Berle George, Teague, Texas

  3. Tracy says

    I may never get a chance to meet you, but I’ve just got to let your know your blog makes a differnce. I’m the wife of a church planter, mom to two precious kids, teacher at a Christian school and I absolutely appreciate the time and energy you put into blogging. I love the beautiful artisty and the encouraging words you share. I often think how amazingly blessed your children must be by you. I just wanted to let you know you are ministering to this 40 yr. old Florida girl and I pray His peace continues to be with you.

  4. Jen says

    Funny you mention C.S Lewis today…we are listening to the radio drama “The Silver Chair” right now. We are off our schedule (as we often seem to be lately) and the kids were begging to listen to it as we have already listened to several others in the series. I figured I could get off easy this morning and do “school” by letting them listen. But now because of your blog – God has spoken to me through listening today. As usual He finds ways to speak to my heart without me even knowing that I seek Him. He knows.

    What you said, “He is wild, out of the box, way beyond our control and more interesting than we can imagine, but often we live in the mundane and don’t see the miracle of the moment because the eyes of our hearts are blind to His reality” really struck me because of the way Aslan is portrayed as, “not a tame lion.” And only those who have eyes to see Aslan can actually see him. It is an amazing analogy. C.S. Lewis was brilliant!

    Thank you for giving of yourself and allowing God to speak to each of us individually through you as we hear God’s voice in different ways in the ways we each need to.

  5. says

    My friend and I were just talking about this yesterday. We put so many limitations on God, thinking, “Well, God just doesn’t do that anymore!” When in reality, He just might do it if we had a heart of faith in Him.

    You’ve encouraged me to bring my bucket of grace to Him!

  6. says

    How about Ms. Berle finding you? Sally, it’s pretty amazing to me that you are ministering to me AND a beautiful lady who is 83 years old. I’d say that means your words have grace for many.

  7. says

    What beautiful, encouraging thoughts. So often, I find myself struggling with the thought that everything is going well, surely something’s going to go wrong soon. But, He WANTS good things for me – even struggles are for my GOOD. Why, oh why, do I ever expect anything less than His perfect goodness? I’m off to carry my bucket ;)

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