Monday, April 30, 2012

When Your Children Need Something You Don't Have Any More of: Grace

I quit!!

Many times on hard days, these words screech in my mind.

But I can't.

I am Mom, and there is no substitute.

The five month old needs me. The two year old needs me. The six year old needs me.

They need me for full tummies and clean bottoms. They need me to help them learn colors and numbers and state capitals and scriptures and table manners. They need me to play, and praise, and sing and dance with them. They need me to wipe away their tears and kiss their bruises and hug them long.

The need me to teach them how to share, and how to give generously, even sacrificially. They need me to look into their eyes, and smile in their sweet faces, when they are talking to me. They need me to teach them how to have a quiet time, how to maintain a routine, how to value making healthy choices for their God-temple bodies.

They need me to set the example of how to be patient. They need me to show them how to pray for the family of believers, our sponsor children, and those blind, deaf, lame and lost in darkness with discernment, but not judgement. They need me to discipline them, encourage and direct them. They need me to model the freedom of following God's commands. They need me show them grace.

They need. They need. They need.

And this Momma... she runs empty... as dry as a bone.

Come over here to read the rest?... My friend Lindsey's amazing blog Out of Alabaster... 


weiya @ enjoyer of grace said...

Grace is a Person. When we experience and enjoy Christ in our daily life, He becomes Grace to us... supplying us so that He would be the source of all we do. So that it is "no longer I who lives," but Christ who lives in me. (Galatians 2:20).

Hi! My name is Weiya and I am so excited to have found you through Out of Alabaster. I hope to get to know you better and have more fellowship with you. Much grace to you and your family this week!

Elise said...

Hi Weiya!

Yes... what a beautiful Person Grace is!! I couldn't do this motherhood journey without Him!

So nice to meet you, I look forward to getting to know you!

Many blessings, Sister!

weiya @ enjoyer of grace said...

Hi again! I was wondering if you have an email address? There was something I wanted to get some fellowship with you about. Thanks! :)

Elise said...

Hi Weiya!

I'd love to hear from you! : )


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