Imperfect Motherhood (Part 1)

Let’s be honest: being a mom is tough! We make mistakes because we aren’t perfect. We may feel horrible when we fall short or disappoint our families, but thank God for His grace! God is faithful in all our shortcomings and can give us what we need exactly when needed. Let me tell you a little secret: you are not a failure, and you aren’t ruining your kids. You don’t have to fear even if your marriage, children, or friendships are under attack! God sees, knows, and is waiting for you to come to Him and ask for the grace to thrive in every aspect of your life. The key here is to invite God into your marriage, parenting, friendships, and any circumstance you may be dealing with.

Living a grace-based life happens when we allow God to work in our hearts and invite Him into our situations and relationships. As He is invited in, He smooths out the conflicts and the unfamiliar problems. When you ask God for wisdom, expect to receive God’s knowledge on whatever you are experiencing. Gaining His perspective will cause you to approach life’s challenges differently. By letting the light of the Word of God in and through prayer, you get in line with God’s heart. You begin working and walking with others as God intended. He teaches you how to communicate effectively with love; as a result, you will see God intervene in life’s challenges in a new way.

Being a mom requires long hours, lots of patience, thankless duties, sacrifices, and unseen work—it requires much love. But when the road gets rough, and our needs are not met, sometimes it’s difficult to respond from a loving place and easier to react out of anger, fear, or frustration. Just like a car cannot run on empty, neither can you give your best from an empty place. That’s why it’s necessary to constantly refill your heart by taking time to connect to God. A grace-based life is a love-based life. The Bible says that others will know we are Christians by our love. It’s not your knowledge of the Scriptures, but it’s your love. I encourage you to truly seek to understand God’s love for you so you can know how to navigate and operate in grace instead of fear.

As God works on our hearts, He fills us with compassion—for ourselves and others. It becomes easier to overlook the offenses and shortcomings of our children or spouses, to give a loving and gentle response instead of one filled with anger or frustration. When our hearts are filled with the love of God, we rest secure in His faithfulness and abundance rather than relying on our strength or the size of our bank account. Situations and circumstances no longer phase us because we know that God is in charge of it all. We acknowledge our mistakes and forgive ourselves because we know that God is working in us to make us more like Him.

My prayer for you is that you tap into the grace that comes from God so that you can love, live, and do well. I pray that the God of all peace will fill you with His love overflowing and that you walk in the truth of God’s love for you. I desire that you know Him more intimately and experience His deeper love for you. Reflecting on this new-found truth, I pray that you can love yourself and others more deeply. All it takes is to invite Him into your heart to stay!

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