Alessandra is a dear blogging friend (with a beautiful name!) who shares her heart for Jesus over at You Are More. I love reading her sweet heart for the Lord, and I've especially enjoyed watching the Lord touch her heart as she prepares for her first baby in just one short month! Alessandra and her husband are expecting a little boy--and I couldn't be more excited for them! Enjoy Ally's sweet words of wisdom...
I was so honored that dear Sarah asked me to do our guest post for her during her time off with her precious newborn little girl. I had the hardest time deciding what I should share on her corner of blog-land but God finally pressed something on my heart and I knew it was exactly what He wanted me to share. Approaching being a new mom myself, I knew this was something I was going to need to learn, and I thought what a good reminder it would be for anyone. I hope it encourages you!
Have you ever found yourself beating yourself up at the end of the day because you didn’t accomplish everything that was on your to-do list? Or maybe you find yourself in a really discouraging spot and can’t seem to see it getting any better for you. Have you ever felt like you just weren’t good enough?
I believe that we all feel like this at least once during our lifetime. It may not be exactly what I listed above, but there is something that we find ourselves feeling down for not measuring up to.
I believe that God wanted me to remind you today, and myself, that we all need a little grace. Sometimes we need more than a little grace, and there is nothing wrong with that.
I’ve been learning a lot about this the past few months. Some days I find myself beating myself up at the end of the day because I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done completed that day. Not because I wasn’t trying, but because I just ran out of time. Sometimes I go to bed with a long list of things I plan to do the next day, but I have a sleepless night due to indigestion or the baby being to active that I wake up completely exhausted and don’t have the energy to tackle my to-do list. I beat myself up for not taking more substituting phone calls this semester when I know the extra money would help. I am hard on myself for forgetting things so easily right now and not being able to remember or focus on anything when I used to be so much better at it. If any other person was facing the same thing I would be quick to encourage them saying, “It’s okay you didn’t sleep well your body needs the rest.” Or “your pregnant right now, don’t push yourself too hard, give yourself a little grace.” But yet, I can’t seem to justify giving myself the same grace.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that it’s important to discipline ourselves, and I believe it’s important to be diligent and proactive with our time. But today, I believe that God wants me to remind you that it’s okay to give yourself some grace.