Wednesday, January 21, 2015

His mercies are new EVERY morning.

Parenting is both the hardest job you'll ever do, and your greatest reward on this earth. 

I've seen it in myself and I've seen it in my friends.  Every day is a battle to feel like you are good enough. 

Did I teach my kids something today? Did I show them grace and mercy like God has shown me?
Did I feed them healthy meals?  Did I remember not to raise my voice?  Did I spend as much time with my kids as they need?   Did I love them well? 

 A constant stream of questions going through your mind as you face your day, wondering if you are good enough. 

Some days, we do well.  Others we fail miserably.  

There are days I cannot WAIT until bedtime.  Does that make me a bad parent, no.  Does it mean I love my kids any less?  NO!

And we have great days where everything seems to go right. 

Then there are days where the kids watch too much tv, and don't get enough school done, they don't eat anything but junk and bedtime doesn't exist.  Meltdowns are abundant and mommy has a short temper.     

But God. 

Lamentations 3:22-23Amplified Bible (AMP)22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

I may fail my kids, I may fail my husband, and I certainly may fail God on a daily basis, but thankfully there is mercy.  And it is new for me, every morning. 

Satan wants us to believe we have to be perfect. Perfect people, perfect parents, perfect spouses, perfect friends, perfect christians. 
No one in this world is going to attain that. We can only try harder and do better when we mess up. 
Give yourself some mercy today.  Show yourself some grace.  Love yourself like God loves you and know that tomorrow is a new day. Get up, try harder, and when you fail, try again.