14: give grace

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“In the same way that you trust in him and not in yourself for your salvation, you can trust in Him and not in yourself for the salvation of your children. You can give yourself grace: he’s in control, he is loving, his plan is best. And you can give your children grace, too. Parenting with grace isn’t another set of rules for you to follow. It’s a story that you’re to rejoice in. Share the story with your children. Show them the Savior. Show them Jesus. Dazzle them with his love.”
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

It is so easy to fall into the trap of beating myself up for not being perfect. I don’t always have the energy to discipline well. Sometimes my patience gives out. Sometimes I feed him something that’s not really that healthy. And then I worry about how such and such decision I made is going to effect my baby’s development.

The guilt lingers, but I’ve been learning to throw it off. I ma,e the best decisions I know how for my babies. I often fall short of my own expectations, but that is just the perfect time to find myself a little spot to rest in God’s grace.

In my mothering, in my marriage, in my housekeeping, and in every area of my life where I fall short.

Which is everywhere.

I am not perfect and I never will be. I know this. And I’m learning to give myself grace and not to major in the minors.

I have to tell myself I am a good mom.

As I’ve been learning to embrace grace for myself it has reminded me to give grace to my littles as well. They won’t be perfect either so sharing grace is vital to maintaining a loving connection.

And I am hoping I’ll be able to adequately share a picture Of God’s grace with my littles when they are big enough to understand.

But that is just grace too.

God fills in when we fall short.

The end.

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Any thoughts on grace, my people?

Here are my favorite grace-embracing books if any of you need an extra dose :)

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