Saturday, August 22, 2009

Another Second Chance

Yesterday, he hooked the trailer to the truck. Drove to the building supply store. Came home with a load of 2 x 6's, 2 x 4's, plywood, and concrete blocks. He spent all afternoon digging footers. My darlin' husband has begun construction of his storage shed. Yes, that shed. The one that I didn't really want him to build. At least not right now. Because I have a list. An infernal list that still looms large in my mind. Of the myriad projects that I want him to do for me. First. And building a storage shed is not at the top of my list. In fact, it didn't even make my list. But remember, last time, I wrote that I will not try to control my man. I will not manipulate. Whine. Or pout. Just to get my way. Somebody re-read that post. Did I really say all of that? What was I thinking? Yes, I did say that. And now I have a second chance with my sweetheart. To support and encourage him. He came inside a little earlier this morning from working on his project. Dirty. Sweaty. Bleeding. The nail gun had grazed his finger. Could have been much worse. He asked if I would go to Redland Market to buy a two-liter Sprite. I was in the middle of writing this post. But I clicked Save Now. Grabbed my purse. Got back in less than ten minutes. Took a large, plastic glass of ice-cold Sprite to him. A second chance. I sure needed one, didn't I? What about you? Do wish that you could have a do-over? One more opportunity to get it right? Well, I've got good news! God gives us second chances. And third chances. Even more than that if we need them. He gave second chances to Abraham. Moses. Jonah. Peter. And tons of others. Including me. You, too, if you ask Him. Why is God so generous to give us more opportunities when we've already missed and/or made mistakes with the first one? I love what King David writes in Psalm 103: 13 -14. "As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear [reverence] Him: for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust." Our loving God showers us. His children. With compassion. With love. With patience. And I love, love the next part. God knows how we're formed. He knows us completely. Our insecurities. Our idiosyncracies. Our inadequacies. He knows everything about us. He formed us. And He still loves us! That's why He gives us so many second chances. In the minor things. In the major things. He loves us. Do you need another second chance to get things right? I sure do. Let's ask Him. He's listening. He knows us. He's willing. Sweet dreams, Deb


  1. Beautiful! I love that we never run out of chances - because I definitely need every opportunity I can get! Thanks for the reminder today.

    Blessings on your day!

  2. Oh, I love this post. It sounds so familiar and I needed to read this.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy SITS Saturday.

  3. I definitely needed a reminder like this. I can relate all too well, because sometimes, I do need those second chances. What a lovely post!

  4. I am so thankful for all those second chances. Our Lord is so amazing! Thanks for writing about these things and reminding us. Your blog continues to be a blessing to me.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you have an amazing weekend!


    Teresa <><

  5. I wonder, since that's what I seem to always be doing, where the second half of this post would have gone had he not interrupted and asked for a soda.

    God's good to give us immediate opportunity to walk out what He teaches us, isn't he?

    Keep on, Deb.

  6. Just when I think I've hit my quota for "do-overs", God graces me with another and another and another. As long as I'm given a new day, I'm given a new grace to get it right.

    How thankful I am and continually need to be for the cross and its everlasting mercy.

    Blessed Sabbath rest, friend.


  7. I praise Him daily for second chances.

    Thanks for this great post today!

  8. Beautiful!!! It doesn't matter who we are or what we've done. We all need a second chance!

    I love grace! I love that I can go boldly to the throne! Jesus' sacrfice wasn't puny. It was powerful! So I can be bold though I'm undeserving and ask God for a second chance!

    And He is so glad to give it!

  9. Praise God for those second and third and fourth chances! :)

    Don't we all need those? I am thankful that I am able to get those, and give those to others.

    Thanks for stopping by... I love writing about She Speaks, but the hard part is finding the time to sit alone and actually DO it! With kids running around, and trying to get to bed a bit earlier most nights, it is really hard to find the time that works, with no distractions.

    Usually I can write without needing SO much undistracted time, but not with these posts about She Speaks. I need to process as I write. And that takes concentration! :)

    God bless, and I hope the shed construction goes well, with NO injuries! :)

  10. Great post! I admire that you recognized the opportunity to make a different choice and had the boldness and love to do so. (And we still get to read your post!)

    Thanks for the encouraging words today...
    Cory =)

  11. Thanks for coming over to my site!! Thispost is the best most relevant blog i will read today, maybe ever. Thank you. God is a Father of second chances and boy am I glad for that!!!

  12. What a beautiful post. And I sure do need second chances. Every. single. day. I love that verse in Psalms. Always gives me hope. I am so, so glad we serve a merciful God. Great post!

  13. Such a great post! Thanks for the reminder! Have a great Spirit Sunday:) Stopping by from SITS!

  14. Thank Heaven for second, third and fourth chances...

  15. This was an awesome post. So much humility! God is so wonderful and loving in His guidance.

    Have a blessed week!

  16. Hey girlie, I was just thinking about you. I hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

    Talk to you soon!


    Teresa <><

    A link to the story of why I blog:

  17. I loved Lyla's question. :-)

    Your post resonates. I'm thankful, too, for a God of second chances...
    third chances...
    457th chances.

    Incredible, really.

    Grace is simply incredible.

  18. This is what I love about recognize the opportunities God gives and act on them immediately. Thanks for the reminder and the good example of humility. I miss you, my friend, but am so grateful to see your posts and hear how God continues to use you for His glory.

  19. Deb,

    Second, third and all the chances we get are so wonderful.

    Our Sweet Lord is like the energizer bunny He just keeps on going.

    Treat that man right or I????????????????

    Looking forward to seeing y'all on the 7th.

    I love you,

  20. The God of second chances that never run out. How blessed we are!

  21. Beautiful and well written post! Thankfully God is a God of second chances!!!

    Thank you for your encouraging words over at my place. I really needed them!

  22. Grace and more grace...that's what second chances are whether they are from God or from others or from us to others.

  23. Such an eloquent post of grace! Thank you.

    I have pined for second chances so many times, and I thank God for His compassion and understanding of my human heart and stubborn ways.

    May the Lord bless you today. May He give you a special measure of His love as you serve Him.

    With Deep Appreciation of a Friend and Her Sharing,


  24. Great post. I have had the same internal struggle a lot lately. Especially since I keep coming home to new power tools in our house, ugh! Lol.

    Thanks for stopping by Cheap Wine and Cookies!

  25. I sure do need those second chances. And sometimes third and fourth ones!
    Stopped by from SITS.