I used to always wonder why we said “Grace” over our meals. When I was little I had no clue of what I was saying or why I was saying it, I just went along with what my family was doing. It was not until I became saved and had some life experiences that I fully understood the word “Grace”. And believe me it’s more than what is said over a meal.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Have you been in situations that were seemingly the worst but end up being the best thing that could have happened? I am talking about the times when a major loss turned into a fantastic gain. Or a daunting task became a triumphant victory. I can recall so many times in my life when everything seemed to be crumbling around me and no matter where I turned I would hit brick wall after brick wall. I mean being a mom and a wife does come with its share of stress, and most times we all do not have the support we need from the people in our lives. But, God’s grace is like an open window in an overheated house. It gives us the energy and the hope in seeing the out while inside of our stressful situations.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
Just like I said earlier, we all say “Grace” over our food to bless it before we eat it. We are giving thanks to God who provided it and showing how grateful we are to have it. But, I will say in saying “Grace” it’s not taken as seriously as should be. I am even guilty of not really appreciating the blessing of a great meal because it’s not hard to come by. We are not struggling to put those meals on the table because of Grace. We are not struggling to put the ingredients together for that meal because of Grace. We are not worried about how we will feed our families this week because of Grace. And shouldn’t we feel honored and grateful enough to truly thank God for providing yet another meal? His Grace is enough because it’s what connects us organically to Him. We cannot get through life on our own, at any point and time the truest unbeliever will always be broken down enough to call on Him. But as believers we already know His Grace is sufficient, right?
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Lastly in approaching another Mother’s Day, I have to say that grace is what sustains all the mom’s in our lives. I learned patience and resilience from my mother, and the Grace of God has provided me the rest. As mom’s we are not perfect but we all strive for the best in our kids. God’s “Grace” is made perfect in our weakness because we know He is the strong vine that lifts us out of the despair of self-pity, self-doubt, self-shame, and self-hate. Being a Mom is a grace filled role, so lift those heads up, puff those chests out, and give your best smile because Hearty Grace shines on you every day. You got this!