I received an email over the weekend from a mother of young children who is at her wits' end with all the things she needs to do. And as I was typing out my response to her I thought, "OK. This needs to be a blog post." Because I believe the thing with which she is struggling is common to all women. Which one of us, if we are being honest, can say we are unable to relate to this statement I read in her email?
I am so overwhelmed and overworked. Some days I just want to cry. I can't do it all, and it is so hard when I can never catch up.My kids were once 5, 3, and 1 - like hers are now - and I certainly remember having those feelings. And now that my children are 18, 16, and (almost)14? I still have those feelings!But there is a difference now - even though I still get overwhelmed. And that difference is, I no longer feel like a failure for not being able to "do it all". I no longer feel like a failure because my kids, my home, and my self are not perfect. The thing which brought me to this point is simple - even while being very hard for me to grasp. It is GRACE. *It is the realization that my kids, my home, and my self do not need to be perfect. *It is the understanding that my Father is using these hard times I'm experiencing to create a beautiful me. *It is the conviction that my identity and my self-worth are not dependent upon my ability to "do all things". *It is the confidence that God will faithfully see me through every trial, every disappointment, every time I fall. It doesn't make much sense to my logical, methodical way of thinking. But in God's economy, it is perfectly reasonable. HE imparts grace to me - to us - so "failure" may be taken completely out of our vocabulary. Fellow mom, are you nodding your head in understanding of this need for grace? Do you spend more time beating yourself up for your failures than you do believing that your kids are going to turn out just fine? If so, please accept my invitation to explore grace today. I told you what grace means to me. What does it look like for you? Spend some time asking God to draw you a picture of grace. I pray HE will give you the courage to believe and embrace it!