When you tried a new recipe for dinner and were excited about it and it totally flopped –
When your husband is too tired to give you a smile when he gets home from class –
When you’ve yelled at the toddler over (literal) spilled milk and lost patience with the baby –
When you realize you made a mistake with a project at work that means half the week and hundreds of dollars were wasted –
When you’re moving from attachment to RIE principles of parenting and beginning sleep training (of a sort) and the toddler is crying upstairs with anger –
When the floor is dirty and the table is dirty and the dishes are dirty and the one bright spot of the afternoon was the 15 minutes stolen away to clean the bathroom –
When all you want to do is cry (or maybe sleep) –
Then it is good to remember that you are not alone.
It is good to remember that there is grace. To open oneself up to the grace that God freely offers. To give thanks for that grace. To find rest in that grace, and then move forward to set things right in the strength of that grace. Setting things right in the power of His grace – that is our mission of redemption in the world, is it not? So often I am the one messing things up and introducing sin into my family and community, but He still gives me grace and extends the opportunity to work with Him, in His grace, to redeem what is broken and rescue what is lost.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, now is, and ever shall be, world without end.