Easter and a few reminders of God's grace

When I was a little girl we used to sing this song in children's church called "God's Still Working on Me."

There is a line that says "It took him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars. Loving and patient he must be, because God's still working on me."

Only I heard, "on vacation he must be, because God's still working on me." I must have, as a seven-year-old, thought I was such a piece of work that I even God needed a break from me. Well guess what? God is still working on me.

I pray for my son everyday. I prayed for him before he was born. I prayed for him before he was conceived. I pray constantly that he will be protected. That he will be safe. And I pray that he will one day have his own relationship with Jesus.

That last prayer has led me back to praying for myself. That I, as his mother, would be a good example. You see, I have a little problem with my mouth.

As my mother used to say, it overloads my rear end. I am quick tempered, quick to anger, quick to judgement and slow to love people I don't know (and a few I do). I am also quick to let words fly out. Words I don't mean and words I shouldn't use. Some of them of the four-lettered nature.

I have been telling him the Easter story. He may only be a few months old, but it is never too early to teach him of God's grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Those are three things I have lacked in my own life. And I am praying that God will clean out that rubble in my spirit, give me compassion and forgiveness.

I have also been praying that Jesus would take control over the words I speak. This is hard for me. Very hard for me. Extremely hard for me.

I have been hurtful. I have used my words as a weapon. Can I teach my son of God's ultimate grace and in the same breath make a snarky comment to my husband? That's a conflicting message, don't you think?

So as we dress for Easter this morning and I thank God for sending His son to die for my sins, I will also be asking him to help me be an example of His grace in my own home.

My love don't cost a thing....

... but if it did it would be like $.75 a $1 max.

I wanted my little boy to have a cute Valentine's outfit for a small party we were invited to. But I wasn't about to shell out $10 or more on an outfit he would wear once. So I hit some sewing supplies I inherited from my grandmother. I sewed them on a onesie I got out of a three pack on sale at the Dollar General. (Yeah, I am that cheap.)

In total the outfit costs me around $.75. For those who don't have buttons just lying around you can get about 200 for around $3 on Amazon.

I grabbed a needle and thread from an old sewing kit and took about 10 minutes to sew the buttons on. I did this with my baby in my lap.

Full disclosure: I wanted to make a heart but I a terrible crafter so I made this button cloud instead. Eitherway Mama's little muffin is going to look super cute.