We’ve all been there. We will probably be there again. We let our emotions take over in situations where the presence of God seems derailed by intensity and we overreact. Take some time today to regroup and talk to God about how you feel before you become unglued. Get his perspective and remember that regardless of what you’re facing, He is working something good from it.
Intentionally seek His perspective in your circumstance and remember that regardless of what you’re facing he is working something good from it. Approach His throne of grace and find guidance,comfort, encouragement, and wisdom. Read on as Lysa Terkeurst shares her heart.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:16
Pinches and Grace
by Lysa Terkeurst, Unglued Devotional
Thought for the Day: Today is a beautiful time for grace.
Today is Beautiful
I wanted to pinch the two girls sitting on the front row of our church service. Pinch them, I tell you. But they were five rows ahead of me, and my arm couldn’t quite reach. Since I couldn’t physically get their attention, I prepared my “look.” You know, the one that says a thousand corrective statements with just a cross expression and a raised eyebrow? Yes, that one.
The minute one of them stole a glance in my direction, they were gonna know exactly how I felt about their wiggling and obvious lack of attention during the service. Oh, and might I mention, these two girls belonged to me. Well, at least one of them did. The other was my daughter’s friend, who sometimes goes to church with us.
I don’t think anyone else really noticed them. They weren’t being disruptive to other people. But they weren’t acting the way I wanted them to. I wanted them sitting up straight, drinking in the message, and taking pages of notes. Thank you very much.
Suddenly, an annoying little thought started to tug at the corners of my mind. You want your children to act perfectly because it makes you look good. Let that go. They don’t need to be sitting up straight, furiously taking notes, to hear God’s message. This is a beautiful time for grace. And when you give grace . . . you won’t come unglued.
I don’t much like the Holy Spirit speaking to me the kind of truth that hurts. I was in the mood to pinch somebody. Two somebodies. Give grace? Now? It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was exactly what I needed to do in that moment.
Soon my daughter’s friend peered back to look at me. Despite my feelings, I made the choice to smile, wink, and give her a little wave. Then this wiggly, usually not-very-affectionate middle schooler got out of her seat, walked back the aisle five rows, threw her arms around me, and gave me a hug that preached a thousand sermons right then and there.
Indeed, grace was exactly what was needed in that moment.
And that’s what makes this parenting thing so stinkin’ hard. There are really no textbook answers. Only God can prepare me with the wisdom and discernment necessary for each and every potentially unglued parenting moment.
It’s such a moment-by-moment balancing act of loving, shepherding, disciplining, extending grace, molding, modeling, loving some more, and maybe having to give a few pinches along the way too.
Prayer for Today
God, I pray that today You would give me the strength to stay close to You to experience Your grace and give Your grace. Open my eyes to the challenging situations around me that need a dusting of Your grace. Amen.
Oh, how we need God to give us grace