“Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.” Eph. 5:1,2
“Jesus replied, “This is the most important: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:29,30
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
“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.” Hebrews 4:16
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” Colossians 3:12
Recently, my husband and I took time out for a little getaway. We had been wanting to visit our dear friends in New Mexico and decided to make it a trip for just the two of us. We got up early on a Saturday morning, enjoyed a delicious breakfast together in the DC airport, eagerly boarded our plane, landed briefly in Chicago where we found some yummy coffee, relaxed in the airport for a bit, leisurely caught our connecting flight, and then found ourselves in the breathtakingly-beautiful state of New Mexico!
We were even greeted with an adorable homemade sign!
The days that followed were filled with amazing food, good coffee, early morning hugs from two toddlers (whom I adore!), and late night conversations after books were read and little ones were tucked in bed. We were given a tour of some of Albuquerque’s most beautiful spots. And one day, while my two precious little friends took their naps, their mom and I were able to sneak away for a short, ladies-only shopping time! It was one of those visits with friends that leave you, not just with a few recipes and decorating ideas, but filled-to-the-brim refreshed and inspired, because those friends spend much time at the feet of Jesus.
Visits like the one my husband and I experienced are good for the soul! They breathe fresh life into what can often feel like a mundane, day-to-day exisistence. Experiences like this are one of the reasons that God gave us the body of Christ – so that we can be used by God to give each other some life-giving “spiritual CPR“!
If you take the time to stop and think about it, we really need to experience this on a daily basis, don’t we? Especially when we become parents. We rise early each morning to face the same, seemingly-mundane routine, often forgetting why we are even doing what we are doing! Often times we can find ourselves mindlessly going through this routine in zombie-like fashion. We desperately need the “Word of Life” to breathe refreshment into our souls so that we can offer that life to our children. When we spend time at the feet of Jesus, we come away refreshed and inspired, longing to replicate all we have seen during our visit with the Savior of our souls.
There are so many excellent parenting resources available to us; but the most precious, life-giving resource we have available comes in the form of God’s Holy Word. When we immerse ourselves in it, asking for God to show us our heart and his truth, we will have what we need to move forward and the ability to show our children all that He has shown us: Love, life, instruction and discipline, all gifted to us and beautifully wrapped in unlimited Grace!
Although there may be times we wish that there were a parenting guidebook that would tell us exactly what to do and guaranteed our children would grow into perfect adults, I think God’s plan is so much better. Because when we spend time with Him and see how he parents us, we not only grow in our love for our Father and are given glimpses into a father’s heart, but we can walk away with the strength we need to live that grace out with our own children.
In the same way our friends greeted us with a beautiful welcome sign, God eagerly waits for us to sit at his feet, wanting to give us the refreshment we need for this lifelong calling called parenthood.
REFLECT AND APPLY:
What or who do you turn to when you feel depleted in the midst of life’s daily grind? Do you call a friend for advice? Do you fill up your time with things that are, at best, temporary fixes? Do these fixes give you the life and refreshment you need? You need daily, life giving “spiritual CPR“, and that can only be found by sitting at the feet of Jesus and immersing yourself in his living water! Take time today to renew your mind, and ask God to give you the life you need and the ability to replicate that life and grace with your children.
**This 25 Day journey is based on my book “Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day“. You do not need the book to go through “25 Days of Grace“, but if you are interested, you can purchase a copy HERE!