You read all the books, listened to all the experts.
You searched the Scriptures, prayed, and begged God for wisdom.
You thought all the information would help you feel more confident.
But instead you feel ...
It doesn't have to be like this.
I believe that through the power of the gospel
of Christ, we no longer ask
"What do I have to do?" but are released into "Look what I'm able to do!"
I believe that as new creations, our worst failures become the seeds for new fruit.
I believe that in the freedom of grace, our biggest obstacles become opportunities for growth and strength.
Thank you for this beautiful message. I am just sitting down, exhausted after a big sibling squabble, and this really hit home. So beautiful. Thank you. ~ L.
Wow, I stumbled onto this blog from Pinterest. I’m really going to have to take time to think about all that is brought up here. The Lord has been speaking to my soul about my anxiety and fear issues and he has shown me that at the root of my fear is control. But this idea of my fear/control leading me to judge or mommy-compete is really interesting. I’m really going to think through this some more. ~ L.
I stumbled across your blog when I had hit the point of giving up before I had even really started. Everyone was “use this” or “use that”. I felt like a failure because certain things just don’t work well with my son. I love you for the "buffet" thought and for saying if it isn’t working, try something else. Thank you for being you! ~ K.
I'm so glad I found this post. I always find it a struggle not to worry that we’re not doing enough. The family schooling concept has definitely resonated with us and I appreciate all the resources you’ve shared along those lines. ~ W.
Imagine waking up tomorrow with full confidence that you are following God's calling for your life and headed in the right direction.
Imagine tuning out all the conflicting opinions and instead making decisions based on your expert knowledge of your own family and unique children.
Imagine exhaling, releasing your frantic need to control the future, and sinking deeper into the goodness and mercy of your Father, who loves you and your children more than you could ever have thought possible.
Seven years ago, I was living what I always imagined was my dream life. Five kids. Stay-at-home, homeschool mom. Doing things “God’s way.” And yet, I was frustrated and overwhelmed. If I was doing everything “right” why did I feel like I was sinking under the weight of godly parenting and homeschooling?
Then, the Lord brought postpartum depression into my life. It was dark and scary. But He used it to get my attention and change my perspective. In his mercy, the Lord gently showed me that it wasn’t my efforts that were making a difference in the first place. Through the emotional exhaustion and physical fatigue, as all my methods and systems ground to a halt, I could see clearly that it was the Lord who was working beautiful things in my children.
Today, I still don’t have perfect children or a perfect house. But that pales in comparison to what I do have: I have peace. No, not the physical peace of a calm, quiet household -- not with eight kids -- but the spiritual and emotional peace of knowing that my righteousness is in Christ. He has turned my failures and weaknesses from obstacles into opportunities to see his grace at work.
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