Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fields of Grace

"The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God. " --Oswald Chambers

Yesterday afternoon I was cooking dinner at 2:00 while Hayley was napping and Jack was just hanging out in his bouncy seat when the song, ". . . dancing with my Father God in fields of grace. . ." came on. How can you NOT dance when you hear that song?? I am SO NOT one to dance either. But yesterday, I know it was the Spirit prompting me to put down my spoon, turn the stove to low heat, pick up my baby boy and dance with our Father! It was the sweetest time as I had the privilege of bringing my son before the Lord and dance---all 3 of us---in our living room. As I put Jack down after the song was over I was overcome with thankfulness and such JOY for all that God has blessed me with. To name a few---my husband and precious children, both of our families who love each other and love Christ and share that common bond, so many friends who also encourage me and share in my joys and sorrows, Tra's health after the year of pain he suffered through, a church home to belong to and serve Christ in and raise our children in. Those are just a few. Sometimes I get down on myself for not having a "quiet time" every day, and even though I believe that is important to work on, God showed me that times like I had yesterday with Him are just as important. It is so awesome that with ALL of His children somehow He makes time just for me. It makes me want to be on the look out for more "meetings" with Him b/c in the busyness of the day it's easy to miss them!


jettybetty said...

I LOVE this story--I can feel the joy oozing out of it!

I know I miss so many opportunities to be blessed by God in my busyness--you encourage me to be watching more closely for blessed times with Him!

tine said...

what a precious picture you have painted here! i know that there are days when i find myself still not showered and in my sweats at 4 o'clock, and it is easy to feel like i have wasted the day...then i realize that it is because i have taken the time to sit with my jack; play in the floor with him, roll around and giggle, sing and dance...and i realize that those are some of the most productive days that I have!

i can get down on myself as well for neglecting my quiet time or doing some great act of service, but thank the Lord for those precious moments when we feel his presence in the simple things...because he wants to be there too!

i am so thankful for you and your sweet family...any updates on aly?

Jen said...

What a great story....a good point too...I feel like sometimes my focus can be so OFF, to just take time to enjoy God and his blessings makes the difference!!! By the way, your kids are so adorable

Candice Stites said...

Hi Shelly! It was fun to come across your blog and catch up with your family. What sweet children you have! Our husbands play Halo together often, but I don't get a whole lot of updates that way :). I enjoyed reading about you dancing! I love when the Spirit moves us with overwhelming joy & thanksgiving!