Howdy! Today I’d like to introduce you to fellow Texan: Amber from Grace In The Wait.
Amber and I started blogging around the same time. Grace in the wait, Amber’s Blog, is about faith, family, and real life. Anyone that has seen “Leave It to Beaver” knows that family life is not always as wonderful as June Cleaver’s clean and polished home.
Real life gets messy! It’s not scripted and things are hurled unexpectedly and we don’t always have the perfect response, the right answer, or the patience to wait.
Amber reminds us that we are all in a different stage of spiritual growth. We’ve all got some complex problems that only God can help us with. We need to remember where we came from when God found us, and be patient with each other as we grow in grace, faith, and love. It’s about grace in the wait.
Have you ever been somewhere and heard some sort of negative remark regarding your parenting? Perhaps you have been in a check out line with a WIC check and felt embarrassed. Maybe you’ve had the screaming tot in the check out line demanding candy.
Amber noticed that the rise of social media has contributed significantly to mom shaming. In order to help people understand more about where others are in their stage of life, Amber began Mom Interviews.
These inteviews show case different moms with different struggles in different areas of the United States. Who knows, Amber may also treat us to a mom in a different country!
All of these moms are very brave to offer their time and a window into their personal lives. (I’m not just saying this because I’m one of the interviewed moms either.) Opening up your personal beliefs, be they parenting styles, religioius views, or even something as trivial as favorite colors, is an oppurtunity for ridicule and critisim.
Let’s just face it, their are mean people out there. However, I believe the risk is worth it. We need to be able to sit down and talk to each other in a civil manner and try to understand why others think differently than we do. We recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and even my husband and I don’t agree on everything. We’d never have made it this far if we couldn’t sit down and listen to each other’s perspectives on life. (That’s not to say sin is OK, but we do need to learn to have grace.)
Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
Be Still And Know That I Am God
Have you ever found yourself waiting for God to do something? Maybe answer a prayer or provide some special blessing just for you and your family? Grace In The Wait has stories about that too.
Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God
Sometimes it’s easy to read your Bible and know that you should be still and wait on God. The reality is, it’s hard to just sit and wait. As mothers, we often want to do something to “fix it.” However, God’s ways are not our ways and He wants us to just place our faith in Him and let Him work it out on our behalf.
Planning a wedding can be a time in life that is exhilerating and stressfull at the same time. We can be so excited and just run out and buy, buy, buy! Then we find ourselves in a mess because the Lord had a plan the whole time to provide you a special blessing of golf carts to aid in valet parking, a sister to buy the perfect dress, or a friend to bake the wedding cake.
In my case, having endometriosis treated successfully was a long wait. If you would like to learn more about that disease, click this link. I had tried every medication (except Lupron and other Gnrh antagonists) and so many natural methods to treat it but nothing worked. The wait for surgery with Dr. Sinervo was hard but so worth the result!
We All Come Short At One Time Or Another
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
In short, we’ve all done something we aren’t proud of. We need to remember that. Jesus was loved because He was able to extend grace and overlook some sins in order to draw those that needed Him to His Word.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Many of us as mothers have heard and said the famous saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s so true! With all the problems we have to face from life itself, we don’t need to add to each other’s problems. How could we change the world if we all tried to accomplish “ministering grace”? I’m eager to see!
Head over to Amber’s Blog
I think you’ll really enjoy Amber’s blog, Grace In The Wait. You’ll find other moms you can relate to and hopefully glean some wisdom from them as well. No one knows everything and we never know when life will change with just one phone call. You may find the mom whose gone on before that can help you along your path.
I’m not sure how many will be up but check with Grace In The Wait every Monday for a new Mom Monday!
Thanks For Being Patient!
Lastly, I’d like to thank all my readers for their patience while I was traveling! There will be some posts coming soon on our travels and I hope you’ll really enjoy those too!
Until Next Time,