All’s Grace

Posted By on Sep 27, 2011 in The Life I Live | 11 comments


Last week got off to a rough start. A funk enveloped me and I wasn’t sure I was going to find my way out.

Moving can be hard. A thirty-fifth birthday can be hard. Together they became the double whammy that did me in…at least for a couple of days.

But sometime Wednesday morning the tide turned. And instead of grieving faraway friends, failed attempts at romance, and fruitless dreams, I started seeing the love that I often take for granted.

It was everywhere once I just opened my heart wide enough to see it, and receive it.

A hijacked blog. Love.

A Facebook wall and Twitter feed full of familiar faces sharing their birthday greetings. Love.

A Skype call with my three favorite nieces. Love.

Not one, or two, but three beautiful bouquets of flowers. Love.

A leisurely birthday lunch with a team of co-workers. Love.

A post-Rooted birthday tapas celebration. Love.

The perfect birthday dessert, a “colossal cupcake” from Crumbs. Love.

A weekend with a dear friend I’ve known for the better part of the last decade. Love.

Everywhere. Love.

Even in  the suddenly dulled aching of my grief. Love.

As my sweet friend Ann Voskamp says, “All’s grace.” Yes. Love is near. We just need to open our eyes, and our hearts, and delight in Him and His gifts.

Where have you seen Love lately?  

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  • http://twitter.com/metromom metromom

    This is beautiful and I understand the funk that can overwhelm.  I feel
    like I was there this last week too. Thanks for the reminder. You are
    brave. And inspiring. And beautiful. 

    • Lindsey Nobles

      Thank you for understanding…and encouraging. 

  • Taylormerrick

    This is a truly “love”ly post. Needed this reminder in my own walk through transition right now. I need to get started on that 1000 gifts list instead of wasting precious minutes on the “why’s?” and “what ifs”. Thanks for your transparency.

    • Lindsey Nobles

      Hope I get to see you today! 

  • RoniGayle

    Have had my head buried lately… Missing the love around me!
    Went to WOF conference this past weekend and was blown away by Gods love
    Thanks for the reminder, Lindsay, and hang in there!
    ;D

    • Lindsey Nobles

      Oooh…I love Women of Faith. So glad you were blown away!

  • http://www.esauproject.com Julie Shreve

    My friends waiting on my overtime hours just so I could ride along with them to go shopping.  My mom and nephew bringing me snacks during the overtime.  People stepping up to take care of each other above and beyond what is asked.  It’s been a good week :)

    Hope to meet  you at the blogger’s meetup next week!

    • Lindsey Nobles

      I can’t go to Catalyst! :( I have TOO MUCH going on getting acclimated to new job, etc. and it just doesn’t make sense . I’m so sad I’m going to miss everyone. 

      • http://www.esauproject.com Julie Shreve

        Oh, sadness!  I guess now, though, it would make a little more sense to shoot for Catalyst West, huh?  ;-)  

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    Wonderful post, Lindsey!  This reminds me of a post from a couple of years ago: http://www.teaandcookiesblog.com/2010/02/got-love-in-your-life-2.html  She wrote that we need a wider definition of love.  It’s stuck with me and opened up my eyes to how very loved I am. 

    Also, that cupcake?  That looks freaking amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673111206 Ann Morton Voskamp

    And just the night before last I had a dream about you, Lindsey (I miss you!) — you showing us all around your life in California and you so happy… and then to read how you see, the perspective of your heart.
    Dreams coming true. :)

    And those nieces? reflecting all your love and it’s all pure joy!

    You live His love, Lindsey….

    More love than thin letters can hold…
    All’s grace :)
    Ann