I am a mother, so naturally I handle every situation with my beautiful children with perfect kindness and a smile on my face.
Or rather… that is how i wish I handled every situation.
The other day, there was one of those moments when I lost my temper, and in anger I actually accused my very strong-willed eldest daughter of something she didn’t do and disciplined her for it.
When I realized that she wasn’t guilty of the crime, I came back, took a deep breath, and apologized to her. (Yes, we mommas need to be real with our kids!) I said, “I’m sorry I acted angry towards you. I really don’t want to act that way, and Jesus is helping me learn how to act differently.”
She looked up at me (with a sneaky smile on her lovely face) and said, “You’re in school, too, aren’t ya, Mom?”
I just laughed, looked into her big brown eyes, and told her she was exactly right. I am in school, too.
I am so thankful that I am still learning, still growing every day. That I’m not required to have it all together yet. As we just receive His grace in our everyday situations, the Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us to grow. John 14:26 says that the Holy Spirit teaches us all things! Wait, what was that? Some things? No… it actually said ALL things.
And guess what… We actually grow faster when we don’t try to do it ourselves! When we just let go, rest in His love for us, and let Him do the work on us, we can be assured that He will bring us to completion. (He always does a better job than I do at fixin’ me up.)
Once when I was going through a very trying, painful time in my life (and growing by leaps and bounds because of it), God told me, “Jesus finished His work on the cross, and you are a part of that work.”
Let that sink in for a moment. Can you let go and see yourself the way God sees you? He sees the finished product. When Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” it really was all finished. He has already made every provision for you to become all that He has destined for you to be. So rest in that finished work today.
Yes, I am in school, too. The school of the Spirit. And every day, I will grow, I will change, until I am conformed into His image.
How are you growing and learning as a mom? What is the Holy Spirit teaching you? I’d love to hear about your journey in a comment below.