I’m a big proponent of GRACE in every relationship that I have with another human being. For me GRACE is understanding, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, acceptance and rewarding. And though I know what it is and how to operate in it, I feel like the Lord is always teaching me new facets of GRACE and how I can walk in it to be my best self daily. The Bible says many things about GRACE, and has been my guiding light for how I display GRACE in my life. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.” Simply put, GRACE is getting what you don’t deserve. And we can all attest to that as believers-receiving God’s GRACE when He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us in order for us to have eternal life…That’s LOVE! We don’t deserve it, but it’s ours! Because we are saved by GRACE through our faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you, Jesus!
So in this crazy time that we are in now, where emotions are at an all time high because of how COVID has rocked all of our lives, forcing social distancing, altering our daily lives for the foreseeable future, how does GRACE abound? In many ways:
1. Be Kind-to those that you know and love AND strangers. In your smile, tone and embrace.
2. Let it Go-Every disagreement doesn’t require a response or a blow up. Be reminded by Proverbs 20:3: “Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.”
3. Forgiveness-of others and yourself when you fall short. Matthew 6:14-15 says: ‘14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”’ I lead in this to maintain my own peace and relationship with God. It has nothing to do with the assailant.
4. Respond with kindness when others are harsh and rude-this is a hard one for us all, especially in this very aggressive and problematic climate that we live in currently with the ever so heightening level of social injustices and racism. And in these situations if you can’t respond in kindness, then refer back to #2.
Lead with GRACE in this season with yourself and your children especially. They see you at your best and your worst and love you the same. We are all under a lot of stress and walking in unfamiliar territory with social distancing, homeschooling, working from home, virtual parties, meetings and more! It is tough, but we are tough mommas! So we can do it, and do it well with GRACE.
So I leave you with this challenge: Set minimal goals for yourself to meet daily. If you check everything off your list, WONDERFUL! If you hit that one goal, HIGH FIVE MOMMA! We’re in the middle of a pandemic that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. All of our lives are going to look a little different. So be kind to yourselves and your babies…take it one day at a time and remember to always do it with GRACE!
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~Soli deo Gloria💜
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