“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need.” 2 Corinthians 12:7
I love to watch my children sleep. It is at this moment I find them to be at the most peace, the most precious. Most of us can remember the tenderness we felt when we watched our children sleep. It becomes one of those moments that is most cherished, along with those moments filled with hugs, laughter, and smiles that melt your hearts. Moments of cuddles, back rubs, and giggles.
However, not all moments of motherhood are precious. It is at these times I have to remind myself that although my children are a gift from God, they were also truly His children first, borrowed for a time until they return to Him. While we are to discipline them, to teach them to respect and obey others, we are also called to show them grace in every situation.
For, God saved you by His grace when you believed. Ephesians 2:8
I admit. I fail, miserably, most of the time, but…
…when they show less than stellar behavior at the grocery store-grace.
…when they fight, argue, scream, and hit each other-grace.
…when they talk back and display attitudes worthy of a call to Nanny 911-grace.
…when they flunk a test, hit a curb, become teenagers-grace.
…when you have endured meltdown after meltdown, day after day, and your over-burdened heart can’t take anymore-grace.
…when they make mistakes and stumble, over and over-grace.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace. 1 Peter 4:10
We are our children’s example of how they will handle the situations that life will through at them, and how they will treat others.
If a friend abandons them at their time of need-grace.
When they have a fight with their spouse-grace.
When their own children run through grocery store, scream, hit, fail, and become teenagers-grace.
When their over-burdened hearts just can’t take anymore-grace.
When they continue to make mistakes and stumble-grace.
Over and over, just as God has shown us.