Some days are all rosy and peaceful. The children play cheerfully, no one spills anything, and everyone takes a quiet nap, an extra long one, of course.
And then, there are the other days.
You know, the days when we’re awake. The real ones.
I am convinced that life is just. . .hard. I think it’s supposed to be hard. When sin entered the world, life got more difficult. Childbirth became painful, weeds began to grow, and relationships were suddenly tainted with strife.
But all those difficulties are a gift of grace. The pain and weeds, the crying babies and fighting siblings, the mounds of laundry and piles of dishes. They all remind us of our need for God, our need for grace.
A few months ago, I read a book that spoke right to this need, and it spoke directly from the real, hard world we all seem to live in. The book Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman is written by a mom in the thick of it, especially for moms in the thick of it.
This book is written very humbly, with plenty of personal examples. By seeing the author’s own struggles with the natural sins and temptations that pop up in everyday life, I was able to more easily confess my own sin and struggles. I was able to see how the gospel should play out in my own day to day living.
Because the gospel is what this life we’re living should be about.
Keeping a home, serving strangers, ‘settling down,’ raising a family – none of this was ever about us. It was always for the sake of the gospel.” (pg. 96)
It’s so easy to forget, or overlook, how the gospel should change me and my home. I get caught up in the cooking and cleaning, and I set aside the truth of God’s Word. I see my children’s disobedience or the never-ending laundry pile, and I grumble instead of trust.
The transforming nature of this gospel has a radical impact on our mundane lives. . .Living in the reality of the gospel means the difference between complaining to others about something that annoys us and rejoicing in the Lord’s faithfulness to his name.” (pg. 58)
We don’t need more books that tell us we’re okay and we just need some time to ourselves. True, we may benefit from a break for some rest and refreshment, but what our hearts need is the Truth. Our hearts need the gospel. Our lives need God’s grace.
When you just can’t see how you can go on, or you notice that you have become obsessed or overwhelmed by your circumstances, cling to Jesus.” (pg. 80)
Even with my own children being older, I desperately need the encouragement found in Glimpses of Grace. The message of the gospel never gets old or outdated, regardless of whether or not our kids can go potty by themselves.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all mommies, young or old, because we all need a picture of the cross at work in the everyday.
And now, I can’t wait to read Gloria Furman’s newest book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms. I have a feeling I need this book, too!
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