Give Yourself Grace, Momma

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I gave myself grace yesterday. Did you notice my day two post of 10 Days of Moms Seeking Jesus didn’t go up?  There was a time that I would’ve pushed and strained to get this post up. I’m a very real momma just like you, and yesterday, well yesterday found me not waking up until 9 a.m.  The night prior found my family and I stuck 30 minutes from home in the dark without working headlights. The result was we didn’t get to bed until 2 a.m. I had to laugh though, because of course when I just started this series, and have a new free eBook released, it would happen this way. For a few moments I felt that stressful feeling creep over me. It’s a feeling that tries to cover me at times. Like in many situations that are out of my control I released it to Jesus, casting the whole of my care on Him, drinking in big, heaping, helpings of grace.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7 KJV

Day Two: Give Yourself Grace, Momma

So, there it is. Despite our best plans and well planned days, life happens in abundance. You and I need our grace days, Momma. You need to drink in the Lord’s mercy when the trash can overflows and the counter has been lost under the dishes. We can have our systems, charts, and schemes, and in various seasons those may work well. It’s this overflowing life itself, with the twists and turns that we don’t foresee, that reaches beyond our capacity and leaves us in need of more of Him.

And isn’t that where Jesus wants us?

Should that not be the very best place?

Completely aware that no matter our calculations, we can’t do this without Him?

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This life is very precious, real, and raw – but you’re here. I’m here. Our babies, babies no matter their number years on this earth, are here. The frailty of this life was picked fresh for me again yesterday as my husband told me one of his co-workers had killed himself Monday morning. A young man who upon leaving work in the early morning hours thought that there was no hope other than to hang himself.  And I wonder, who was Jesus to this young man?  Who had shined His light before him?  And how can the enemy be so crafty as to leave a person feeling that they have no other choice, no other hope, than to deny the beauty of this  grace life and forfeit the gift of these days?

Fresh perspective.

That’s all I pray to remind you of today, Momma. A fresh perspective. Take the hours you have left in this day, be it that you’re reading this post on 10/17/12 at 7:02 a.m., or you’re reading this post on 2/13/15 – know that you can take whatever the remains are of this day and live these hours in overflowing mercy and grace.

And Jesus?

This seeking of Jesus?

Jesus knows where and who you are. He has your number. He’s pleased with you. And despite the feelings of inadequacy that lay in wait to pounce, you are no surprise to Him. He sees you as you cover up the four loads of laundry on the bathroom floor with a quilt (or, maybe that just happens at my house?), and He’s wildly in love with both of us. He knows that last night I made scrambled eggs for dinner, just 20-minutes before racing with my family of seven out the door to football practice – forgetting my little boy’s hats, and Jesus still thinks I’m wonderful, and I have it all together to triumph through another day – only because I’m clinging to His hand.

Cling to Him today, Momma. Put your morning cup of coffee back in the microwave (sometimes I find mine in the microwave at 7 p.m.), snuggle with those babies, and drink in your heaping gulps of grace for this day.

Enjoy the gift.

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 AMP

Need a worship moment? Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin


Need a little more inspiration, Momma?  Here are a few more posts that I’ve written in the midst of real life, real mess, and real laundry.


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