grace…

“What I need as a mother is grace. God’s grace, that allows me to fail and try again, that allows me to ask for help when I don’t have the wisdom or patience I need, that reminds me we’re not alone in this, and that God loves my son even more than I do. And grace from other mothers. I need grace and truth-telling and camaraderie from other moms. I need us to tell the truth about how hard it is, and I need us to help each other, instead of hiding behind the pretense and pressure of perfection.

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Let’s think about grace—grace from a God who loves us and values us and picks us up every time we fall, with just exactly the same love and tenderness you feel when you pick up your kids after they have fallen. And the grace we show one another when we drop the comparisons and the catalog images and really walk with one another, on the good days and the bad days. Let’s think about honesty and helping and telling our stories. Let’s give each other a break and a little help and some soft places to land.

If you’re a mom, what you do is nurture and protect and give grace. You do it all the time, and it’s very important, because it reminds us, in daily, tangible ways how God nurtures and protects and gives grace. And maybe today the one who really needs that nurturing and protection and grace is you.”

(S. Niequist)

I saw this on another blog and it spoke to my heart.  This is the kind of mom that I want to be…a grace giver.

A grace giver when…

it is easy

and when it is difficult.

When I feel like it

and when it is the last thing that I want to do.

Why??

Because I desperately need grace…every…single…day.

And He so freely gives it to me even though I am so undeserving.

And because I have been a receiver of “no-grace”…and it stinks.

And I never want to make anyone feel the way that I felt.

And because when my children hear about God’s grace…I don’t want that to be a foreign concept.

I want them to have seen it in our home…

and grow up to be grace givers themselves.

…jenn:)

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