“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 MSG
It’s hard to believe September is over and there are only 3 months left to this year. And, we all know that this has not been an average year, for some it may not even have been a good year. In fact, I would say it has been a year like none other for most, if not all of us. Yet, in the midst of the losses, the twists, the pain, the quarantine, the struggles, and maybe even some wins…if God has kept you; if you’re alive & breathing; and you’re reading this right now – you have my permission to take a praise break! (Glory to God!). Because, as Paul pointed out in the scripture above, “Because God was so very gracious…here I am.”
The only reason you and I are still here is because God is SO gracious! Yet, at the start of September I must admit, I was feeling the overwhelm of the season. The kids were starting school again, the district was going 100% virtual, I had multiple client projects to work on, back to back ministry Zoom meetings and events, a women’s event to promote on our Table of Queens page, and I had been asked to teach a class on editing for a Christian writer’s event. I literally remember looking at my calendar of events, the kids’ school events, and the work I had before me; and, I said, “God, You see everything I have to do this month? How am I going to get all this done? I NEED YOUR GRACE!”
What I love about our heavenly Father is that, when there is something we need, He is generous to give it – but we have to ask! The Bible says that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Let me tell you, last month, I walked that scripture out “to a T”! In my small group conversations, we always talk about the overwhelm that moms feel. We wear a lot of hats. we do a lot; whether it’s working our jobs or businesses, raising our kids, tending to our home affairs, attending school or other events, etc. And, if we’re not careful, it can take a toll on us – physically and mentally. So, as I reflected on the past month; I couldn’t believe that every event, deadline, meeting, and task was not only completed but it was completed in excellence with times of rest in between! GRACE!
And, what I realized in my quiet time was that, when I asked God for the grace, it was for the work that He had given me. It wasn’t stuff I just took up because I felt like it. Real talk…my choice would’ve been to stick to my work and the kids’ school stuff. So, I get when Paul says his “work didn’t amount to much anyway” because during the last few days of September, I felt like it wasn’t as much work as I thought. But that’s because God gave the work, and with the work He gives the energy! He will never give you work to do that is not coupled with the power you need to get it done! Sis, whatever’s on your plate right now or in your heart to do – work, kids, husband, job, business, blog, book, podcast, vlog – you have the grace to do it! Because God will not just give you the work, but He will also give the energy!