Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Service Boot Camp: Practicing Grace



Letter from Basic Training: Day 16

I'm usually pretty optimistic, but this long stretch of snowed-in, sunless days, being house-bound in the middle of nowhere, PA has us all a little on edge.

A friend of mine pokes fun at "February" on her blog, calling it the most "wretched month" and today, it feels like it certainly fits that description.

I didn't meet my goal today.

I didn't serve anyone...not anyone outside of my own home, anyway.
And, even then, I just barely feel like we survived our day at home.

Normally, I would feel defeated at having not done what I had set out to do.

But then I read this chart comparing "Super Mom" to the "Christ-Centered Mom"on the blog Confessions of a Homeschooler, and it got me thinking about what it means to "practice grace" and that I might need to extend a little grace to myself today.

If you have a hard time reading the chart above, click here to read the original/bigger version.
I have printed it off and will be hanging it on my fridge for future reference.

Day 16: We can't do everything we want to do always.
But there is one thing that we can do.
We can go easy on ourselves and others.
We can practice grace.

6 comments:

  1. oh, I'm sure you served your family...a bunch of times today!! or did your kids stay in their pjs all day? eat cheerios from the box? Never get a diaper change? No teeth brushed?

    Sure...you served your family...the most important people in your life.

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  2. ps...I have a new blog name...you might want to update your blog list, if you get the chance!

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  3. I feel the same way Jocelyn!

    It's amazing what a little sun and a trip to the grocery store can do for my morale.

    I think today Lily and I are going to bust out. Or at least try to...!

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  4. I sure needed that today, February is very wretched, but half way over! Hurray! Thanks for your great post.

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  5. Thank you Jocelyn, you always read my mind, I love you.

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  6. Jocelyn, I see you serving everyone day in and day out, so don't give me that:) And to say that you barely survived the day is saying a lot when we've got 3 under five!

    You're the best! I love you!

    Stevo

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