Friday, May 11, 2012

when paper makes grace

"I love my Mom because she is nice." - Hannah, 6 years old

I turn the pages of the Mother's Day book she has made me, soaking in the words that she selects to finish the sentences her teacher has started.  I read in a state of disbelief because she doesn't reflect back to me how I see myself as a mother, a mother who makes so many mistakes, who gets her priorities mixed up, who can be rather grumpy in the early morning hours. 

Rather, she tells me that I'm as beautiful as a butterfly and that what I like to do for fun is to play with her.  She says that I always say "I love you" and she likes it when I hug her.  

But she doesn't mention about the times I yell or that I am on my computer.  She doesn't talk about how I make her clean her room or do her homework or eat her healthy food.  She talks about how I've given, but not about when I've withheld.  She shows me at my best, when I usually see myself as the worst.

It's an eight page stapled book made with computer paper, crayons, and pencils, but to me, it's so much more.

To me, it is grace.


       

23 comments :

  1. so sweet...children see us like christ sees us...redeemed...the very best. have a wonderful mother’s day!!!

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  2. Simply beautiful~
    Happy Mother's Day!!

    Stacey~

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  3. Absolutely the best gift going: to be able to see yourself through the eyes of those who love us unequivocally and eternally!

    It reminds me of when our girls would draw and color my Mother's Day cards. Whew-it passes so quickly!

    Thanks for sharing your drink of grace today!

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  4. Jen, those 'grace papers' will multiply. Keep them handy--it's the way your Father loves you, too. Such a blessing!

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  5. LOVE it! Happy Mother's Day :)

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  6. Hi Jen - such a beautiful booklet. One i am sure you will keep forever and such a great message for us all as moms, our kids see us way different from how we see ourselves. We should have some grace on ourselves.
    God bless and have a great weekend.
    Tracy

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  7. My adult girls always tell me I am beautiful and skinny and sweet ... etc.

    I just say thanks. :-)

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  8. Oh my goodness. That is too precious, and I totally relate to it being grace. Especially since my boys are now in their teens.

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  9. Yes, grace. The fact that those little eyes see us far different than we see ourselves is SHEER gift. Happy Mother's day, sweet friend

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  10. I often think about how we learn about God's love through being a parent. And yet, His love is bigger and better than my love could ever be.

    And then, He shows me even more love through how my kids love me.

    God is good.

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  11. Your daughter is adorable! Happy Mom's Day!

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  12. Oh my... so much grace! I think God does that for us -- He gave children such forgiving, grace-filled hearts to help us failing mamas see -- God doesn't see us through our faults like we see ourselves...

    Beautiful...

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  13. Unconditional love...grace. How like our children to model the grace we try to teach them about. It's birthed in there...it shines when we model it ourselves.

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  14. oh, keep those papers! What sweet love and grace. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  15. What a wonderful gift. I have always told my children that they best gifts I can receive are gifts made by them. Happy Mother's Day!

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  16. Such grace, beautiful. Happy Mothers Day!

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  17. Love how our children see the best in us and I'm sure you are a wonderful mom...Blessings, Jen :)

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  18. Those are the best, the most treasured gifts...

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  19. Sweetness and Light... and piles of blessings.

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  20. Such a sweet child to love her mother so!

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  21. Ah, grace in the sweetest of places. But for the record...I think you are as beautiful as a butterfly:)

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  22. Precious. Oh how I miss those gifts. And I agree with Laura. :)

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  23. How sweet! Carter said I like to fold laundry. Nice. Especially since I really HATE to fold laundry. LOL! He did say some nicer things as well. AND...he got my age right! Another boy said his mom is 75 years old.

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