Lots of deep thoughts today. It’s easy for me to feel pulled in a million different directions. As a mom, there’s so much pressure for us to feel the need to multi-task, and to do it well… I’m learning the danger in that (at least for me) is feeling like my tank is constantly on “empty”, with not much grace to go around. Grace is the lubricant that makes all the relationships in my life work (i wrote a similar post on this here). What a beautiful thing it is to be in relationship with people where this is a two-way street. I’m so eternally grateful for the people in my life who extend grace to me. My prayer is that I’m always able to do the same.
The last couple weeks have found me frustrated, grace-less, and stretched thin. This has left me feeling like a second-rate mom, wife, and not doing so hot in probably every other capacity i hold either. Holding yourself and others to impossible standards result in ungodly expectations… no one can meet them, and this sets everyone up for a no-win situation. This exhaustive state can be a nasty circle to get out of. But, beloved… a life of ungodly expectations while running on an empty tank of grace is not a life we are called to live.
“I find my strength, I find my hope, I find my help in Christ alone.
When fear assails, when darkness falls, I find my peace in Christ alone.”
Get up an hour before your household to enjoy the life-giving peace of some quiet time to yourself. Read a chapter of Psalms. Learn to kindly say “no” and not feel bad about it – we must guard our homes from excessive busyness, and this is a necessary responsibility. Write an encouraging scripture and keep it on your fridge. Partner with a trusted individual who you can text/call during a rough day.
These shortcoming in my life make His steadfastness even more apparent. Isn’t He so good to continually give us grace?
“In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened…” -Psalm 34:6
“From the end of the earth, I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” -Psalm 61:2