I guess it is quite obvious that I was a compete failure at #Write31Days! I really liked the topic that I chose (grace) but just couldn’t commit to writing every day. When we got back from our little vacation to Williamsburg, life just took over and I had things that were more important than writing on the blog. I have been spending time with my husband after the kids go to bed, preparing for events at church or the two upcoming baby showers I’m co-hosting for my sister, or spending time playing with the kids.
Lucky for me my topic was grace, and one thing that I have been focusing on throughout the month (even though I wasn’t blogging about it) was how to show some grace to myself. As the days kept passing without so much as a peep on the blog, I just told myself, “It’s fine, Laresa. That doesn’t really matter. You’re doing important things.” I felt hugely relieved because I gave myself permission to let the challenge of writing every day go, and I hope that as time goes on this grace can seep into other areas of my life (like when the kids and I have cereal for lunch, or we don’t get as much done in Charlie’s school as I wanted to that day). I would like to feel more grace and less guilt.
I have addressed this before, fellow-mamas, but God does not intend for us to live a life of guilt and shame. By sending his Son to die on the cross for our sins, he gave us the undeserved gift of eternal life and showed us his unmerited grace through forgiveness.
Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
What have I learned this month? To give myself a break. To take advantage of God’s marvelous grace and model it in how I treat myself and how I treat others. To be ok when things don’t go as I planned.
And sometimes, to just not make any plans at all!