“But He gives more grace…” James 4:6
More grace? Yup, I certainly need that. I’ve been going through Beth Moore’s Bible study on the book of James and this was one of the verses she camped out on at one point. I’m far from the perfect mother and my kids aren’t perfect, either. Some days we’re all more imperfect than others. Not enough sleep, anticipation over the upcoming school year (for kids and Mom), and a very challenging, active two year old who has decided that naps are for sissies. It all adds up to Mom needing more grace. Lots more.
Have you ever had one of those days where you wonder why God entrusted you with children? Much less asked you to home school them? I’ve found it easy on those days to sink into self-loathing and guilt. I yell too much, don’t discipline consistently enough, I’m too grouchy, and I must be scarring them for life.
Self-loathing isn’t a godly response to life’s stresses and failures (preaching to myself, here!). It’s selfish and self-centered. Look how I failed! I’m horrible! I’ll never get it right! The Enemy seems to encourage such thinking, I’ve found.
But God gives more grace. Jesus died for us because we sin – not because we’re perfect and have it all together. We accepted His forgiveness that He offered by grace, and we continue to need that forgiveness and grace on a daily basis. “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal through human effort?” Galatians 3:3 We need His grace and forgiveness and His power in order to do this thing called life. Especially the parenting and home schooling part. Thankfully, He never runs out.