Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace–only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
~ Anne Lamott
Good morning, hardworking mom.
I see you over there–forehead creased, shoulders slumped, tears on cheeks.
This homeschooling gig isn’t easy, but where did you get the idea that the whole thing is your responsibility? That their entire future depends solely on your ability to get it right?
You won’t get it all right and you can’t do it all, sweet mama, but here’s the thing:
You were never called to. That’s why there is grace.
“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.””
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
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Grace for when the baby is on the way.
Grace for when the baby’s born–when spirits are high–and sleep is low.
Grace, even, for when the baby dies and your whole world shatters–leaving you broken, desperate, and wondering how you’ll ever grasp “normal” again.
There’s grace, you see, for when he still can’t read and she doesn’t understand the math lesson.
Grace also for when they fly ahead so fast you’re scared you can’t keep up.
There is grace for you today when your husband walks out the door on a week-long work trip, and you know you won’t see a moment of quiet for seven days.
Grace, also, for when your husband walks out the door…and never comes back.
In the midst of a real life–one of great joy and great challenge–all your offerings and sacrifices, your best efforts and your biggest try-hards–will never be enough.
Good news: They aren’t supposed to be.
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Scripture and literature overflow with stories of individuals who gave all they had to offer. Asked to do the very impossible, they knew they weren’t up for it:
- a virgin birth
- the parting of a sea
- the multiplication of loaves and fishes
They stepped up with their imperfect sacrifice–and then: miraculously, joyfully, incredibly, what happened?
Grace filled in the gaps.
“The art of celebrating life isn’t about getting it right, but about receiving grace.”
~ Ann Voskamp
I don’t know about you, but I often feel as though God has also asked me to do the impossible.
When I look around at these little ones He’s entrusted to my care, when I consider all they need to be prepared for their missions in life, when I take a peek at my daily failures again and again–well, I’m just about ready to hand in my resignation and head to the kitchen to pack lunch boxes.
But it was never about what I can do or what you can do. We cannot do this effectively. We will try our best and work our hardest–as we should–and we will come up short each and every time.
We will never measure up.
Hallelujah – this is a good thing! Here’s what this freeing realization means:
You don’t have to stress so much. An unseen Partner, the best Teacher in the world, wants to tutor your kids–your whole family.
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His record is pretty good and He specializes in doing the impossible.
So dry those eyes, beautiful mama. Let go of all that control and release those heavy-burdened fears.
For you, for your family, there is grace.
And for today–in this hour, in this one precious, never-to-return moment–that is enough.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9