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Better Than This…



Sweet Pea is yelling “good night mommy, I love you” from her bedroom for the one hundred thousandth time this evening which is stalling the writing process of this post. It is exactly one of the moments I had in mind when I sat here to write. Life has twists and turns given to us from the hand of God. Moments in time of sweetness or sorrow. This moment, as I listen to my daughter, is one of sweetness.

Listing these moments of sweetness and sorrow would be a breeze. You know how I love making lists… Grab your paper and draw the line down the page; put sweetness on one side and sorrow on the other. Leave a large blank space at the top. In a minute, I’ll tell you why…

Getting writing…

  • Loved one has cancer? sorrow
  • Family dinner with all present? sweetness
  • Birth of a child? sweetness
  • Mystery pain you’re going to the doctor for? sorrow

Now at the top of your paper write these words….


Because every moment whether in your deepest sorrow or on a mountain top experience; the joy of Christ and the future glory of heaven is better than this. Savor the sweetness and the sorrow but when things get rough give yourself a taste of the bigger picture from God’s hand. One day we will behold HIS glory and it will be BETTER THAN THIS.

Being the recipient….

The gift — the opened envelope in my hand — tears pour from my eyes and my heart sorrows with joyful thanksgiving. Moved beyond words by the generosity of friends. A stringless gift and yet I find myself tying strings to it. These acts of love dictate to my heart that I must show my gratitude. I stare at my empty hands. My sorrow fills me deeper. Depite nothing to give; grace abounds.

Grace – the unmerited favor and love of God, freely given. The picture of the gospel moves through my soul uneasily. I must have something! What can I do? What can I give? I stare at my empty hands. My sorrow fills me deeper. Depite nothing to give; grace abounds.

This act of love dictates to my heart that I must show my gratitude…

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
- Psalms 50:23