“Focus on the progress you’re making. Thank God for it and pave your journey with grace.” I read these words this morning from Lysa Terkeurst’s Unglued. They stood off the page to me, completely out of context with her subject but applicable to my current frame of mind. I’m unglued alright, I’m a mom. Need I say more?
I get hung up on doing it all right and when I fall short it feels like I get sent back to GO….again. Instead of re-strategizing, and capitalizing on the progress I’ve already made, I auction off my hotels, declare myself bankrupt ,and focus on the all the other moms that are living it up on the Boardwalk. Not exactly paving my journey with grace…
Because grace would say, I don’t need a label that reads either PERFECT or FAILURE. Bad days don’t make me a failure, any more than great days make me perfect. And whether we live on Park Place or Baltic avenue, we moms are all in the same boat.
We all have our struggles, our fabulous days, our weary moments, our wonderful times, as well as our discouraging seasons…because it’s a journey.
It’s a road we’ve never walked. Its scenic, adventurous, and exciting, with some unexpected turns along the way. But one undeniable fact is that we have all made progress. Progress we can be thankful for, and find encouragement in.
My progress doesn’t look like yours and yours doesn’t look like mine. And that’s ok.
For me, I have a couple children that are potty trained (minus the misfires on the bathroom wall), know how to feed themselves, can pick up their toys, and are capable of saying their please and thank you’s… not perfect, but progress. Wonderful, glorious progress.
Progress says that all the work I am pouring into my little ones is paying off. It says they are hearing what I am saying, it says they are learning what I am teaching, and it says that all this is happening by the grace of God, in spite of the days that I feel like I’ve been sent back to GO.
If you feel like you are stuck on Baltic Avenue today, pave your way with a little grace and keep pressing on.
Take a few moments to remember the progress you have made, even the little things like your kids going to the bathroom on their own. And lastly, thank God for it. By his grace he has redeemed our mistakes, and has given us the strength to continue in this beautiful role called motherhood.
What progress have you made?
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