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5/10/19

This Day of Grace

But do not overlook this one fact beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9

One day.  

Morning smiles or cries of hunger. Alarm clocks, feedings, stories, dishes, snacks, diapers, laughter, groceries, cooking, shoe tying, snacks, fight-breaking-up, sweet snuggles, laundry, read alouds, more snacks.

Training and celebration. Hugs, kisses, and words of comfort. Sweet memories and memories we wish we could forget. Grief and heartache. Joy and delight.

These are the things that make up a day in the life of a mother.  

Sometimes that one day is peaceful and there’s a moment to sit down and bask in the calm. Other times it’s like we’re living in a state of emergency, isn’t it?

Like this one day could make or break the future of our children, and the lives they lead or don’t lead will either be to all our credit or all our fault. So when days include missed opportunities and moments we either let pass by or simply can’t catch up to, we try to manufacture the perfectly peaceful and productive day or shut down. We feel hopeless to ever live the mothering life we picture. In the midst of all this, we wonder how our children are really going to turn out in the end.  

But, God.  

He says:

"…I will accomplish all my purpose."
- Isaiah 46:10

Our God is with us.

This patient, eternal, unchanging, purposeful, aware, always working, unhurried God who is ready for all things from the very beginning through eternity, is right here. Present and parenting with us.

Waiting to bring all his kids home.

He is giving us and those in our circle of influence an opportunity to fill in the middle of this glorious story and to be part of the thousands of years waiting for Jesus’ own return. We get these sweet and challenging days to guide little hearts, as well as our own, toward heaven. All of the fears and questions that feel like emergencies? None of it is beyond what he can see or touch and all of it will be used for our good and his glory.

As he accomplishes his purpose in, through, and around us, let’s turn our eyes toward heaven together:

When we feel tired, Lord, help us believe that our real strength to wipe one more tear, teach through one more conflict, and endure one more sleepless night comes from you and the power of your spirit working in us.

When we celebrate victory and joy in our family, help us believe that you are the giver of all good things and worthy of praise and thanks.

When we feel defeated, help us believe that our victory is not in everything being done right, but in submitting ourselves to your timing and purpose, growing in Christ-likeness as we encounter the places that remind us of how very much we still need Jesus.

When we feel like we deserve more or better or different, help us believe that true joy is found as we learn to lay down our lives for the people in them, as Jesus Christ himself served and laid down his life for us.

And may we know that we are not only mothers, but daughters, lavishly loved by you, our Father.

We are truly seen and deeply known by you, the maker of heaven, earth, and our very own hearts. Because of Christ our sin will always be forgiven by you and our imperfection can point our children to the One perfect parent. Our days are covered with your grace and mercy. Our lives are empowered by your spirit in us. We are the rescued ones, waiting in anticipation for the things yet to be accomplished in our hearts, our homes, and in the rest of this story…

May we mother well on this day of grace.

Emily Graham

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