Watching my girls dance is a reminder that grace doesn’t come naturally. Grace takes concentration, determination, and practice, practice, practice.
While God’s grace for us is free and freely given, my grace as a Momma is hard-won. My kids need grace…I need grace in this crazy season of life. That’s my resolution for 2014; concentrating on Grace.
When the house is a mess and I am exhausted it is hard to give myself grace. When I am stressed and speak harshly to a child, or expect more than I should- it is easy to be frustrated with myself. To tell myself that I can’t do it; that I’m not good enough to be their Momma. In truth, I’m not good enough. I’m going to mess up…over and over again. But, God gives me grace, he doesn’t expect me to be perfect. If I were a perfect Mom and had perfect kids what need would we have for Jesus?
The kids need me to give them grace when they mess up, so that they can have a tangible reminder of the grace God gives when they sin. Discipline is important, but I must temper it with grace.
2014- the year of grace
I will give myself grace when I mess up
I will show my children grace when they mess up
God’s grace is a free gift- an amazing gift. Realizing that giving grace myself is hard work makes the free gift of God’s grace all the more sweet!