Grace, grace, terrible grace

My initial thoughts after reading the first chapter of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.

I am in TERRIBLE need of grace every. Single. Day.

Grace is a terrible thing. Grace drives me to silence before God’s throne when I just want to lead a loud smack down that shows everybody who’s boss. Shows everybody I AM BOSS.

It’s terrible.

Sometimes I think it would be easier if God would just reach down and kick my butt when I’m being a belligerent and selfish human who has completely run out of patience with her overly emotional “tween” who is processing an out of state move that has changed everything she once knew about her life. But instead He simply opposes my pride through situations I walk directly into – by choice.

And right now grace has me hiding in our small RV bathroom to keep myself from doing anything stupid or undermining the parenting my husband has already done.

It is SO HARD to not simply be the dictator, cal all the shots and watch everyone complete my demands. Isn’t that what parenting is????

No, it’s not. Not at all. Not Christian parenting. Not parenting that is centered around the Gospel of Christ.

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