Rest In His Grace

I had to repost the following blog from Becky Kopitzke. She has encouraged me in my walk as a mother through her blogs many times and thought this would help many of you young parents out there….Enjoy!

Hey, you. I know you.

You’re the woman with a toddler on your hip and peanut butter in your hair. You’ve got a baby napping in a swing and a preschooler shrieking in time-out while you attempt to collect a week’s worth of dirty clothes from various corners of the house. Throw the whites in with the colors, sister. Whatevs.

I see you. Your once educated mind has atrophied to the point of danger—you refer to the baby by the dog’s name and the dog by your husband’s name and your husband, well, he’s half to blame for all this so you’ll call him whatever you want, yeah?

Clients are e-mailing, your mother is texting, the kiddie monitor is blaring—gimme that back, it’s mine; no, I had it first—Mooooooooom!!!

And you’re so—so—exhausted you kind of want to rip your eyeballs out.

Oh yes. I’ve been where you are.

So let me guess. You struggle to take a shower and find the car keys much less wrap your head around the Bible, right? Maybe once upon a time you were an avid reader, an eager studier, the kind of gal who gladly rose at 5 a.m. to drink devotions with her coffee.

But now? 5 a.m. isn’t quiet time. It’s a diaper change.

I get it. You’re not alone.

May I offer some encouragement for this hectic season of life—from my own exhausted experience?

Remember God loves you. I mean He really, really loves you, more than you realize. And He accepts you, too—not for what you do, but for who you are.

You already know studying God’s Word is a good discipline and you don’t need anyone to make you feel more guilt about neglecting it. You’re beating yourself up just fine.

Yet that’s exactly why you need to know—reading your Bible is important, yes. But it’s not what makes you a Christian. Resting in His grace does. When was the last time you really, truly welcomed God’s amazing grace and let it wash over you, heal you, and restore you? Today sounds like a good day to try.

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5a).

Read it anyway. Yep, I said that. Got kids playing at your feet? Crack open a psalm. Read it right in front of them. So what if they spill apple juice on the carpet and send you running for the Oxi Clean after only two verses? You did it. You touched God’s Word in the middle of your chaos.

At this stage of life, quantity doesn’t matter so much as quality. Every single verse is powerful truth. Proverbs in particular are wonderful for grabbing a quick nugget or two to meditate on all day long while you rock a fussy child or push a kiddo on the swing. Maybe listen to an audio Bible. Sing truth-filled worship songs. Grab what you can, whenever you can.

By making God’s Word a part of your crazy day, you’re showing your kids that faith is a priority—in your home and in your life—no matter what gets in the way.

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

This won’t last forever. Eventually the kids will grow up. They’ll go to school. They’ll know how to give you space. And you’ll get your quiet time back again.

But until then—just think. Wouldn’t it be sad if our children rarely saw us reading God’s Word? In life stages of busyness or fatigue, it can be tempting to give up on any sort of consistent Bible reading just because we don’t have the time or energy to do it the “right” way.

So let’s redefine what the “right” way is.

Bible time is not only an hour at the crack of dawn, or an intense evening devotion, or a dedicated small group meeting. Those things are ideal but not always feasible. If you’re waiting for that elusive season in which you once again have ample space and silence to reconnect with God—don’t. He shows up in your mess and your noise, right here, right now.

And He’s inviting you to meet Him in the middle of it. Isn’t that awesome?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

So do what you can, when you can, amen? And sister, don’t be afraid to let the laundry sit for another day.

Jesus won’t mind. He’s waiting for you—with arms open wide.

I love Becky’s writings and this blog completely resonated with me, but let me just add a personal note to what she’s already said.

I remember those days of early motherhood where I sat in the creche more than the church service and I felt myself running spiritually dry. I missed those glorious times of uninterrupted devotion with God.

It’s only looking back that I realised, like a squirrel stores up food for winter I was able to draw from the reserves stored up within me. The past encounters, scriptures that impacted me, books that marked me.

When my son was 2, I really felt like I was running on empty. I’ll be honest….I felt like a backslidden Christian.

I managed to get myself to some meetings that were happening at our church with my son asleep in his buggy. I had very little expectation of anything happening, but then God showed up.  He literally knocked me off my feet.

I didn’t conjure anything up. I felt I had very little faith, I was a tired and exhausted mum of a very active 2 year old and God, by His grace refreshed me in every way.

So be encouraged if this sounds like you at the moment, don’t beat yourself up. Just do what you can and rest in His grace.

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