Scattered, But…

Do you feel scattered? Your mind in a hundred places. Your to do list on five different pieces of scratch paper you can’t find. Your spirit just feels on edge. Your mind is scattered and your spirit is tattered.

In a moment like this, with just 5 words, God breathed life-giving, stress-relieving truth into my mind and heart.

But he (God) gives greater grace.

James 4:6 NASB

BUT. Oh thank the Lord! My heart just breathed a sigh of relief and wants to dance with joy that there is a BUT in life. I need this word. It gives me a chance to pause, inhale, and rejoice that despite my countless faults, attempts in my own strengths, and crazy emotions, God is willing to give me a but.

But God.

But. He. Gives. He gives and doesn’t just ask and ask and ask like a two year old.

He gives greater grace. As if giving grace in itself wasn’t enough but he gives greater grace.

When we admit we are scattered and can’t do this on our own. But.

When we come under the refuge of his wing for protection, healing, and wisdom. He gives.

When we lean into his strong and mighty arm in dependence. He gives greater grace.

Wow, what a reason to rejoice! To shout from the rooftops! This blog is my way of shouting and hopefully whoever needs to hear this does. So please share this truth with someone today. Give the gift of grace and truth as you receive it for yourself.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)


Dear Father, We can’t do this life on our own. We need your wisdom, healing, help, and guidance. We need you and your spirit to lead us. We desperately need your grace so pour it on us abundantly today. May we share your love and grace with others.  Thank you that  your grace makes our scattered lives become a sacred sacrifice. Amen.


About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Perfect words for me right now. I am frazzled and tired and needed to be reminded that there is a ‘But’. I will take this truth and rest in His ‘greater grace.’ Thanks for sharing Erin!