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A Jane Austen addict, Kristin is an editorial assistant for an academic journal. She’s also married to her best friend and the mom of two lovable hooligans.

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  1. you write beautifully. I cried, and I am not actually certain why.
    But I know here is something for me to hear. Because, this morning while waiting I was scrolling through the Bible on my phone stopped at this exact passage, of Mary with the oil.
    Two times in one day – I know, something I must see.

    • I’m always so grateful when I feel like God is speaking into my life through his Word and through the encouraging words of others. Blessings to you today! 🙂

  2. Beautifully Written!
    Love that you are so honest, you are a voice for Mama’s everywhere striving for perfection! Great Reminded to claim our hearts.

  3. What a wonderful reminder. I was so frustrated with myself earlier this morning for being so forgetful that I began to take it out on others very close to me. Words have so much power. Thank you for reminding me of what really matters this morning.

    • It’s easy for me to do that, too, Ashley — probably because we know that the people who love us the most are also the most likely to forgive us when we mess up. 🙂 Praying for you today!

  4. Great work to take the focus off your mistake and to put it into perspective. It’s frustrating how easily we negatively amplify a situation. Thank you for the reminder to put things in their proper place in our thoughts and hearts.

    • Thanks, Ali — it’s definitely an easy trap to fall into. I’m so thankful that Jesus nudges us with graciousness, rather than bludgeoning us with our own mistakes, on the days when we falter.

  5. Beautiful and timely as I struggle with a young girl I have let into my home. Hoping I am doing the right thing. The strange chills I got, that kept on, must mean something. It’s so beautiful! I want to share it with the world.
    Thank you!

    • Oh, Joan, I’ve struggled with this, too. We have let others stay with us many times, and there are often days where I feel weary and wonder if we’ve done the right thing. Praying for peace and wisdom for you today, friend!

  6. Yes, many a time I’ve poured out my tears as well right at the feet of JESUS and bathed HIM in my love of my heart spilt out without walls nor barriers. This touches my heart as …. I also lay down my fears and failures and tears at JESUS feet in humble adoration as it becomes to HIM a sweet sweet aroma to HIM.
    Nice devotional.
    🙂

    • Thank you, Karyn — I think it’s true that the Lord values our tears (Psalm 56:8 “You have kept count of my tossings [wanderings]; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”) and understands the inherent sacrifice of pouring out something of such value. I often think that I cry too easily, but perhaps that’s a good thing, in God’s view? 🙂 Blessings to you today!

  7. This is beautifully said and a great reminder for my soul today. I find myself “losing it” over the smallest messes and then regret the way I reacted. Going from a “gone all the time mom” to a “stay at home mom” in the last four months has been a culture shock. I used to lose it because I was gone, now I lose it because I’m always here. Blessings to you…your Sister in Christ,
    Meredith

    • You’re definitely not alone, Meredith — I often think about how it’s so easy for us as parents to lavish our children with generosity — the best things this life can offer — and yet so often we’re stingy with ourselves, refusing to give ourselves the grace we need and deserve. My friends and I call it “Mom Guilt.” 🙂 Praying for you during this transition time in your life!

  8. Thank you for writing about something that many of us have experienced and, hopefully, have learned from………….those moments when something seemingly trivial has triggered deeply hidden wounds and memories. God has used those times in my life to expose things I have either been unaware of, or which I have conveniently chosen to bury rather than deal with them. Blessings! Keep on writing!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Lee. This life is definitely a continually-refining process, but I’m so grateful for friends along the way who offer kindness and encouragement.

  9. Kristin,

    Blessing upon you today. Thank you and God for writing this perfect post about the tongue and words we use. Our Women’s group is finishing a Bible Study called “The Power of a Woman’s Words” by Sharon Jaynes. In it she talks about not only the words we use, but the tone of voice, but also the loudness or softness we use.

    I, too, cry easily over seemingly insignificant items. I realize that usually when I cry or get upset it is because I need to pour out my soul to Christ and give my tired, worn body with worries about work, aging parents, etc. over to Him and know that He know the plans for my life–Jeremiah 29:11. Also must tell myself “It is well with my soul”–such a beautiful song playing on my computer now.

    Thanks for an uplifting post and great thoughts on the sinful woman who used perfume and tears to prepare Christ for burial.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words, Beth. Sharon Jaynes’s book sounds like a good read — I love the idea that our tone and volume matter, too. (Also, Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses.)

      Blessings to you, as well. 🙂