Coffee For Your Heart: On Grace and Yoga Pants

It’s five a.m. and I have to be honest here…

This morning is not looking good already.

I’m sick…boo for the world’s fastest-hitting cold/flu/junk. Scratchy throat yesterday turned into a fever, coughing, and being up a lot of the night. I am hoping and praying that means this thing is just moving its way through my body that quickly, too. There’s always hope, right? πŸ˜‰

To add to it, T is out of town and though his plane is supposed to get in this morning, I’m looking at the snow falling and wondering if he just might get an extra day in warm, sunny, WARM (did I mention that?) πŸ˜‰ Arizona. (If I wasn’t sick, I might be tempted to pray that he’d get just that.)

And my sweet girlie woke up scared of the monster in her closet not too long ago, and even through a half-dazed stupor, my momma heart just broke. All I could do was comfort her and lie down with her for a minute.

Today is not promising to be the best dayin fact, it might be the kind where I never find the shower and I stay in my yoga pants, the ones I’ve slept in for at least the last two nights. πŸ˜‰

And I have to be honest with you, friends…too often, I let the circumstances of my moments dictate my days.

We are starting off rough. Rough. And there are certain things that aren’t just going to go away.

Colds happen…grab the tissues, embrace the yoga pants, and sneak in a nap while she watches PBS.

I can’t stop the snow from falling. Give thanks that it’s a beautiful view, pour the coffee, and let go of the fact that the shoveling might not get done today.

My girl drifted back to sleep, at least for now, and I know she’ll be fine. Thank you, Jesus, that monsters in the closet can be chased away by tough and determined mamas with really, really CRAZY bedhead.

Sometimes days are hard.

I’d love….loooooooove…to start each day after eight hours of sleep, followed by a morning run, blog post scheduled the night before. And while we’re at it, let’s throw in a patient mama, an obedient toddler, and a perfect husband.

Oh, I love them, but that’s not life.

And when days like today roll around…Grace. Heaps of it.

I’m looking at the clock, and I know my girl will probably sleep for at least another hour. Time for this mama to rest.

We don’t have to be anywhere. She loves a jammie day…and what a bonus with a beautiful view. Maybe we’ll make hot cocoa, too. :)

And if T doesn’t make it home today, we both have cell phones. Plus there are a few friends I haven’t chatted with in a long time. It would be fun to catch up.

I don’t know where you are today, friend. I hope you had some great sleep and are ready to conquer the day with a cup of coffee in your hand and a smile on your face.

But maybe you’re feeling the way I am…and if you are, know something. There’s grace. Don’t be afraid to do what you need to…and know that He’s going to get you through it.

And remember, too, that a day spent in yoga pants is perfectly acceptable. πŸ˜‰


I love my sweet friend, Holley‘s, new link-up! Her Coffee For Your Heart: 2014 Encouragement Challenge is just what it sounds like. Think of Wednesdays as that day where I just share some encouragement…and you can pretend that we’re sitting at a table over coffee, just sharing life. Sounds like a great way to spend Wednesdays in this space. :) I hope you’ll hop over and join us!


You can also get her fabulous new book here!




  1. This right here is why we are friends. Feel better soon dear friend. I’m praying for you. (And that T enjoys his extra sunny, warm day.)

  2. Yes, I know these days well. My son is home today with a terrible head cold that keeps getting passed back and forth between he and his sister. I’ve been in yoga pants all week. But I’ve taken a few long walks in them, that is the rainbow. Hope you feel better today.

    • And that is a beautiful rainbow. :) I hope he’s feeling better soon! I did manage to trudge outside and shovel the back steps this morning. I need to do half of the driveway so hubby can park his car tonight, too, but I’m hoping I’ll have more energy this afternoon. We’ll see. :) Thanks for stopping by, sweet friend! Hope you have a great day!

  3. I needed these words this morning!!! Thank you for sharing your heart and blessing me in the process!!!!

  4. Praying for you and hoping that you are feeling better today!! :)

  5. What a great reminder that Grace (heaps of it) is what we need on days like this! I’m so sorry that you aren’t feeling well – we’ve been passing around a similar bug in our house as well. Hoping you feel better soon! Until then, enjoy your down day, the yoga pants, the hot chocolate, and your little one! *chicken soup hugs*

    • Thank you, sweet friend! We survived, and hubby made it home around 2 pm…truly a gift. :) Hugs right back to you…I hope your day was wonderful!

  6. Yoga pants sound divine on days like that! Thank you for sharing, in spite of how you feel… you gave us a beautiful reminder of pressing through the difficult & reaping blessing when we do! Love your heart & transparency! Feel better soon! {Hug} ?

    • Thank you for your sweet words, friend! And I even got a clean pair of yoga pants when I finally made it to the shower around 3 this afternoon. πŸ˜‰ I’ll take it! Happy Wednesday to you!!!

  7. Love your idea of mornings sweet friend!! Morning runs make me a nice person :) but this week that has been a challenge and I have overslept and the kids are buying school lunch :/ but everyone is healthy and fed and sometimes a LarBar can count as breakfast πŸ˜‰ feel better very soon! Love to you!!!

    • YES! For some reason, getting in that morning run makes me a much more pleasant person, too…but I haven’t run in months. It’s been too cold and snowy…and I miss that release and time of worship, too. Snow, snow, go away!!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your sweet encouragement and friendship…love you, girl!

  8. Beautiful honesty and brave, encouraging words these. It is so easy to think that ‘everyone else’ has it together ‘all the time’…thank you for the reminder that there is grace for the rough days!
    I’m here from Coffee for Your heart and thankful to have found your refreshing post! Feel better soon!

  9. Girl – I love you so! I am praying for you and your girlie… and your (warm) hubby too! So thankful that there is always ALWAYS Grace!

  10. Bout to brew another pot! Love your post and know I often stay warm in my PJ pants!

  11. This Jesus girl loves some warm stretchy pants! Wear them proudly, friend πŸ˜‰ Wouldn’t it be great and very freeing if we gave ourselves permission for grace on the hard days? There would be so much less striving and the comparison battle would diminish. As women, we are so hard on ourselves sometimes.

    Praying you’re well soon, monsters run from the closets, and that your hubby makes it home safe and sound.

    • Oh, I did wear them proudly…even when I went outside to shovel! (Not much…just what had to be done.) πŸ˜‰ And thank you…feeling a bit better, the monsters are gone (for now!), and hubby made it home. Blessings to you! :)

  12. I loved being your friend before but after this I love you even more. :) The days of waking up ready to accomplish everything on our to do list are few and far between but there is always grace. Grace for others and grace for ourselves.

    Praying you are feeling better soon, that your girlie is reassured against the closet monster and hubby is safe and warm either at home or away (preferably home).

  13. Yes, Mel…yoga pants. They have been my friends during this cold snap snowy winter. And that’s okay! I love hearing your perspective shift on this post. Oh when a day starts off bad…we can continue to spiral down or lighten up. You chose the better way!

  14. Glad to connect with you from Holley’s site. Great words here. God Bless

  15. I hope you are feeling better!!! Ahh, yoga pants, how I love them! Best invention ever! In fact I’m sitting in my now :) I keep telling myself I’m going to actually do yoga, but nah, they’re just comfy :)

    • Haha…I think it’s hysterical that none of us actually DO yoga in our yoga pants! πŸ˜‰ And thank you, friend…doing a little better today. :) (((hugs)))

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