Last week I read Paul’s charge to Timothy, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” and I knew it was my Abba’s charge to me as well.
Be strong in grace. So I’ve been thinking on that, talking to myself about that, talking to Him about it. What does it look like to be strong in grace?
Be strong. Resist temptation. Fight fear. Pursue godliness. Choose love. Choose servanthood.
In grace. Knowing His favor, His forgiveness, His holiness, His unfailing love, His faithful promises and power rest on me.
Paul was leading the early church. Timothy was following in his steps.
I’m just mama at home, homeschooling three, singing nursery rhymes to my newest addition, and trying to remember to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer before mildew sets in. What does strong in grace look like for me?
Today it looked like this:
extra hugs for a tired one
going outside together after lunch
late afternoon history
having a relaxed heart through the dinner hour
delivering a simple birthday gift
singing another song
tea and cookies
finishing a read-aloud after the 8:00 hour
climbing up to the top bunk to say goodnight
In the midst of these full days, I sometimes start to feel that I am not really doing anything well. Sure, things are getting done (sort-of) but it feels more like a half-job than a job well done.
Tonight I hear my Abba’s voice saying, “You were strong in grace today, child. You pressed on and chose love and refused the spirit of fear. You remembered that I’ve washed you clean, that my Spirit dwells in you, and that I delight in you. Well done.”