My church is big on the word grace. We talk about it a lot, especially in how God extended us grace when He saved us. We also talk about knowing when to extend grace to others.
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But have you thought about when to extend grace to yourself?
I ask this because I’ve had a hard fall. As I entered December I had a plan to drive in really hard, have serious school until this coming Friday, and then somehow miraculously get all caught up with the things we hadn’t finished earlier in the semester.
Instead of printing the same week of Illuminations 3 times in a row, I as going to suddenly get everything done all at once. Like 4 weeks completed in 2 weeks time.
Then the first week of December hit and we had some minor illnesses, and by Tuesday of the second week I threw in the towel.
I decided to extend grace to myself. I wasn’t going to beat myself up because I didn’t get all of the work done.
I wasn’t going to keep trying to make new schedules to get done.
I wasn’t going to worry about writing or things like that because my health was starting to be affected by my stress levels.
Instead, I played with the kids.
We made wrapping paper, and I didn’t care that the floor still has paint from our first round of paper.
I cleaned rooms long overdue in cleaning. Thus reducing my stress level.
And I’ve made time for starting to write again after almost a week of not writing, and instead just staring blankly at a computer.
But, I’ve set myself free from the worry of not getting it ALL done, and life has been better. Except for the poor sick boy who looks absolutely pathetic right now.