Grace and Parenting

  1. Thank you for this, Carrie! I love that as moms, sometimes we give grace to our children, and sometimes we GET it from them! Thanks be to the God of all grace! Blessings on your day…stopping by from Coffee & Conversation. 🙂

    • Carrie says:

      Excellent point Elizabeth! Oh, how often do we snap at them only to receive their grace and love as well!

  2. Anastasia says:

    This post is so great-I can completely relate. I had a night like this two nights ago. I knew that my son needed to go back to his bed but chose rather to let him fall asleep snuggling with me. The older they become the more you realize that they wont want to snuggle forever and its so precious to just stop and snuggle when you get the chance!

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks for sharing Anastasia. I’ve found my oldest (mostly a touch-me-not) tells me when he needs me–and it’s usually after I’ve been gone a lot or we were busy. There’s plenty of time for rules and regulations later, snuggles don’t last forever.

  3. Nicole says:

    Fellow softie mom here! You know what: A child that tells you exactly what he wants and needs to feel safe, secure, and loved makes this parenting job a heck of a lot easier on a day like that, and I, for one, would not want to miss the opportunity to give my child what he needs. Plus, who doesn’t love to snuggle?! Found you on the #CoffeeandConversation link up. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wonderful reminder that love sometimes dictates grace. We definitely need it from our kids at times, so we must take opportunities to show it. God LAVISHES me with grace – why am I so stingy with it!? Visiting from Mom’s Morning Coffee.

    • Carrie says:

      So true Abi! I think we are often stingy because grace calls us to the inconvenient. Grace is easy to give when it doesn’t interfere with what I want! It’s another area God uses motherhood to refine us with 🙂

  5. An honest and touching post! Yes, sometimes parenthood/motherhood is more about grace than rules or schedules. Sometimes we, as mothers, need grace and sometimes we need to give grace as well. Plus, like you said, the lasts come much more quickly than we’re ready, so why not savor every now you can before it becomes a last 🙂

    • Carrie says:

      I love what you said about needing grace as mothers as well. It’s another important area we need to work at extending grace in 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Rebekah says:

    Awww… I’m a softie mom too. There are of course times when I need to be consistent and firm but I never want to say no to my kids when they want to snuggle. I love seeing them grow and change but I have to admit it’s hard for me too. I just want to bottle these precious days up. I am so thankful for Gods grace when I just need him near to me instead of being reminded of my sins. Grace triumphs over all!

  7. Rachel says:

    I found you through the Shine BlogHop, and I’m so glad you posted this link! Leaning toward the grace side of parenting is not my natural first reaction, but moments like this remind me it should be more often! Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Rachel! It isn’t always my first inclination either, I’m a work in progress. It’s amazing how the Lord uses motherhood to refine us and show us His heart for us in the process 🙂

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