You Don’t Have to be Superwoman

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like Superwoman? You marked off everything on your list. Maybe you worked ahead. You made every event in your calendar. You were even (mostly) on time. You cleared out the emails, made the meal, finished the project, folded the laundry (and put it away). No one was sick. Everyone was happy and went to bed on time.

What about the opposite? Have you had the day (or week or month or year) where nothing seems to be falling into place? You missed the meeting. You forgot the appointment. You said the words. You felt the hurt. You were late to the game. The kids wouldn’t stop fighting. Someone didn’t want to eat or sleep. Your to-do list was growing instead of shrinking, and you were so over-scheduled that you were running from one place to the next.

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a woman of grace. If grace is defined as both unmerited favor and God’s empowerment, then it seems like Superwoman is our model woman of grace. And this other woman? Not so much, right?

But what if it’s both? Or neither? What if it’s about the condition of our heart in each of those moments? The Bible tell us that God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6), and in our weakness is when his power is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9).

In our everyday life, we’re going to be opposed. Between an enemy who’s on the prowl and the sin nature of our fallen world, we’re going to face troubles. Even Jesus said so (John 16:33).

Some days, we’re smashing down those obstacles left and right because we’ve got the power of God on our side. Other days, we’re hitting brick wall after brick wall because we’re trying to do it in our own strength.

What if, even on the worst days, we could stop and reset and humble ourselves and submit our hearts—and in that moment, receive all the grace that we need?

Guess what? We can!

The question for us, grace-filled women, is how we will respond to the opposition we face. When our day’s interrupted, when our heart’s disappointed, what will our response be?

Will we call upon the Lord and submit our hearts to him and say, “Help me; I need you”? Or will we tryto do it in our own strength and then later bury ourselves under our own blankets of comfort?

Do you know what’s great about grace? It’s unmerited. When we don’t get it right, there’s always another opportunity the next time. God’s not mad at us. He overwhelms us with love as he holds out his hand and says, “Do it with me this time.”

Every day, every moment, we get to choose to be women of grace. Let’s take His hand today.

We’d like to thank Laura Brandenburg for sharing this post.

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