I’m just going to come right out and say it—motherhood is hard.
Children don’t come with a how-to manual, handbook, or instruction packet.
I became a mom through fostering and ended up adopting and giving birth within less than three weeks.
Being a mother is one of the most challenging things I have ever done. I need a little coffee and a whole LOT of Jesus every day!
I hate to admit it, but I often raise my voice more than I want and offer screen time to restore quiet and calm in my home.
I also scroll on social media to drown out the chaos. Why do I turn to the world rather than the Word when I’m feeling frazzled and frustrated?
This year, I’m trying to find ways to fill my life with God’s grace and turn to Him when I need a moment of peace in the chaos.
He has so much more to offer us than the world does!
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5 Ways God’s Grace Changes Everything in Motherhood
Even when you have made a mistake or raised your voice, remember that God forgives. God extends his grace in struggles.
As your life is overwhelmed with dirty diapers, exhaustion, toddler snacks and sports games, you will need a reminder of God’s grace more than ever.
God’s Grace Helps Us Find Purpose in Motherhood (Galatians 6:6-9)
When I became a mother, I lost my sense of purpose and identity. I went from a full-time career with tangible outcomes to raising two kids. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it. Yet it was hard to find purpose and joy in picking up after a toddler and waking up in the middle of the night with a newborn.
Things we used to enjoy doing no longer have space in our daily lives. So many parts of our lives change and it can be hard to adjust.
I want to encourage you that there is purpose in this season of motherhood. God’s grace helps guide and empower us in this current season. Our mission field starts at home and we are helping raise future kingdom builders. What you are doing is enough because Jesus is enough!
God’s Grace Works to Save our Kids (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
As mothers, we have a lot of desires for our kids. One of them is ensuring that our kids believe in Jesus and follow His ways. We long for their salvation, especially as teenagers and young adults.
However, that is not our responsibility. Only God can capture their hearts. By God’s grace, our children will be saved.
You can join God in the work He is doing as an ambassador of Christ. Your responsibility is to model the image of Christ and share the good news of the Gospel. You can pray for them to turn their hearts towards Jesus. You can entrust their souls to Him because He is a good Father who cares for your children.
God’s Grace Takes Our Burdens (Hebrews 4:14-16)
By God’s grace, we no longer have to toil under the weight of motherhood. Through faith, we have full access to a relationship with God who wants to hear about our cares and worries. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross we can go boldly before the throne of grace.
God’s grace extends to us in the messy. We are all taking this mamahood thing one day at a time. In our weakness, his grace is made perfect. He takes on our burdens so we are free to live a grace-filled life.
God’s Grace Comforts When Things Don’t Go as Planned (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Nothing in my labor and delivery or short journey in motherhood has gone as planned. At times it has made me mad and frustrated.
But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. – Micah 7:7 HCSB
What God’s grace reminds me is that God is in control no matter what. God cares and hears our petitions and prayers. God promises to guide us in His almighty power and wisdom.
This has changed everything because I am able to trust that no matter what happens God has a plan for my children and my journey as a mother. God is working out everything for my good and His glory. It is so freeing to know that God’s grace exists when what we thought was going to happen doesn’t go as planned.
God’s Grace Forgives and Redeems (Psalm 139)
Like I said in the beginning, there are more days than not that I get to the end and just don’t want to yell anymore. I want peace and quiet.
The good news that I cling to is that God’s grace forgives those moments we wish we could take back and have a do-over. He gives us so much grace and reminds us that our less than pretty moments don’t discount his love for us.
In turn, we must model the same forgiveness to our children. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through your imperfections. Repentance and forgiveness are the only way to live a grace-filled life. And tomorrow is a new day filled with new mercies where you can try again.
Prayer for God’s Grace in Motherhood
Prayer is a crucial part of motherhood. Pray for God’s grace and wisdom to guide you as you build up and teach the next generation.
“Lord, I come to you today, humble and overwhelmed, and ask that you give me grace in the midst of motherhood. I pray that you lift my weary and exhausted spirit with your love and peace so that I might be restored and made new in you. Heavenly Father, pour your spiritual nourishment into my soul and give me the sustainment I need to be a mom. Help me to trust in your purpose in this season. Give me the obedience to raise my children in a godly manner according to your word. Help me to remember I do not have to do this alone – that you are with me to strengthen me and fill me with your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I am extending love to you, mama! Have faith that through grace God is at work in your motherhood.