What is it about motherhood that keeps me coming back to the issue of grace?
What is it about this stage of life that has us holding on to it? Whispering about it? Pleading for it?
I think the reason is…
Because motherhood is a time of great vulnerability. It can be a time of great struggle. Of growth, yes. But also a time of many, many demands that can leave us breathless.
And we (or at least I do) get into this place where we think, “I should be doing everything. And I should be doing everything right.”
Sounds silly when it’s written down, eh? But it’s there. That grapple for grace.
To understand it.
To open your arms to it.
To breathe it in and let God’s grace settle around you.
And I’ve found that I need it most when I want it least.
The definition of grace, according to dictionary.com is…
the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
the influence, or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
Something will happen, an instance, be it great or small. And you’ll think, “I can’t receive any grace. I’m not deserving!”
And that, my friend is when you need to dig deeply into The Word, and see what God says about it and who He is. And realize just what this grace means for you.
Follow me on this journey through scripture as I’ve learned about this marvel that is God’s sweet grace.
5 Things to Remember When God’s Grace Doesn’t Seem Like Enough
1. I am unique.
1 Peter 4:10
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it’s various forms.” (NIV)
You, my friend, are a uniquely created woman of God. He loves you. He’s given you talents, abilities and gifts that make you, you.
It’s like the veggie tales slogan, “God made you special, and He loves you very much!” It’s so so true!
By God’s grace, we are entrusted with spiritual gifts. And I would argue that since He made us, He has given us gifts, talents and interests that make us so wonderfully unique.
2. I am free to give as I have been given.
“Freely you have received, freely give.” (NIV)
But it’s not always easy to freely give, is it? Not always. Sometimes I’d rather just freely not give. Freely do what I want on my own terms. But oh…that minset will not bring freedom or peace.
As freely as God has given to me, I should give back, serving others and thus serving Him. Glory to God!
3. I am a new person, alive and breathing in Christ.
God is merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that He made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. (CEV)
There is so much power in this verse. God, through his perfect and beautiful kindness, has made us whole. He made us His own. We are His special treasure. (Deuteronomy 7:6).
4. I can trust Him.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NLT)
My old self is no more. Some days I struggle to remember! Christ has made His home within my heart. I must trust Him. Trust that He knows what He’s doing. He knows the way and He is a faithful guide.
And when it’s hard to trust? Ask Him to help you learn to trust Him more. 😊
5. I can rest in His deep love.
“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.” (NIV)
Something about this verse strikes my heart deeply. I’m currently in a study on Hosea and I have learned way more about God’s deep and tender love reading this book of the Bible than I ever thought possible.
Just like Isreal in the book of Hosea, I mess up. I stray. I glory in my security and forget God.
Sometimes I get lazy. And I neglect to do things. Like mop my kitchen floor. Which, believe it or not, is what inspired this post. Simple as it was, I could not accept that God had given me grace…for neglecting my housekeeping of all things. Why couldn’t I just accept His grace?
I realised I needed to dig deeply into who God is. (For my Hosea friends…I realized I needed to yada God. 😉 For others who may not know, yada=to intimately know.)
He is righteous, just, loving, compassionate.
Never ever ever will he forget us or abandon us.
His love for us is a strength we can never fathom. A love we can never outgrow. A love that will not run out based on the things we do.
He is faithful.
He is gracious.
And He will restore.
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