A Very Special Human

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I was speaking with a friend and we were talking about parenting and how we want so badly to do it well. She said something that profoundly affected my viewpoint on God, my weaknesses, and His grace. She said,

“I’m praying that God stands in the gap where I fall short.”

Hearing her say those words was like a long-awaited breeze drying off a summer sweat. They were so hope filled. Yes, God wants to see my children walking with Him, so  because He is well aware of my inadequacies, I believe He will stand in the gap when I fall short.

Because ya’ll, I fall short.

But so what, because the fact is He loves my babies and wants them to know Him and enjoy Him.

I love my babies too, but the reality is I’m just another human on this journey with them.

(Well, not just another human, their very special human. :) )

I wasn’t born with motherhood figured out. I wasn’t even born self-less and awesome. I was born prone to wonder.

Yet, I’m clinging to the hope that He will fill in the gaps as I pursue this goal (as spoken by Sally Clarkson):

“I don’t just want my kids to be moral. I don’t just want them to know all of the biblical rules for behavior. I don’t just want them to make it through my home with good grades, no drug addition, and no premarital sex. I want them to leave my home with a hunger and passion to know God personally and to be used by him to accomplish great things for his kingdom.”

Oh this.

I want to pass on to my children a hunger and passion and a Kingdom focus. But it won’t come easy and it won’t come cheap.

What great thing does?

My goal as a parent then is to be as intentional as possible when it comes to instilling in my children a love of God. I suppose this will be something they see in me as I teach them.

It will, of course, take a lot of falling down and getting back up. A lot of forgiveness and grace and the seeking of His face.

A lot of beginning again.

But it’s all okay, because He knows.

And He’s for us.

With three small children, I know I have a long road ahead of me. One that requires much sacrifice on my part, but one that will no doubt surprise me one day as I look back on how fast it all actually went. I am also anticipating great joy.

I know God is continually, gently, guiding me to persevere, have vision, and keep my eyes on Him. He is my shepherd; He is my children’s shepherd, and He stands in the gap with a mercy that makes the spirit inside me swell with gratitude and peace.

I can do this.

Because He’s with me every step of the way.

“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Love, Sarah Mae

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER

P.S. How about one last giveaway in honor of the one-year anniversary of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe? And I’ll make it two things since I didn’t write yesterday.

Today you can enter to win this beautiful Redeemed Necklace from DaySpring (I have this and I wear it often):

redeemed

And also this Wonderful Grace – Carved Wooden Serving Tray (also from DaySpring, and also something I use):

tray

To enter, just leave a comment. I’ll pick, at random, someone for the tray and someone to win the necklace.

Good “luck!”

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER

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  • Ryan Haack

    Love it. So true. :)

  • <Tiffany

    Wonderful blog and amazing book!!

  • Dawn Peluso

    I needed this badly today as I was feeling overwhelemed with the responsibility of mothering.

  • Rebekah F

    Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

  • Cassie B

    “I want to pass on to my children a hunger and passion and a Kingdom focus.”
    Loved this post.

  • Dana Zebrowski

    Thank you so much Sarah Mae. I love your post. This is the same wish I have for Steven and any future children that we may have. To know God personally and to parent my children intentionally. Thank you so much for being honest and inspiring!

  • Sarah Richter

    Thanks so much for this post! It was just what I needed to hear today. I pray I always remember that God will fill in the gap for me in all areas of my life.

  • Michelle Dickey

    I finally just put my 4 babes to bed and sit here with a large homemade cookie dough milkshake fully prepared to have a good cry, feeling defeated from a very hard week of falling down over…and over…an over. Inadequate can’t even begin to describe how I’ve felt as a mother and have thought on more than a few occasions that maybe God needed to hand me just a little more grace because I had a little ( ok, a lot) more inadequacies than most ;). … sigh… so needless to say, your post was a much needed reminder and perspective that can get so easily lost in every day life. Thank you.

  • Michelle R

    Loved this reminder. With 3 little ones, I want them to see God’s imprint of grace in the everyday happenings of life.

  • Laney LaRussa Gagnon

    Thanks for the encouragement! You always help me get back on track Sarah Mae!

  • vita

    I remind myself all the time that God will stand in the gap where I fall short. Every day during my “inventory” time at the end of the day I keep thinking of things I could have done better, should have done and didn’t, etc. for my kids, but my prayer is always for God to fill the gap. He calmly assures me in my heart that He is in charge, not me. They are His kids, not mine in the long run. Then I can fall asleep with peace in my heart.

  • Sonya Shell

    Thank you for this! Love the tray…it has both “hope” & “grace” on it…my twin girls’ middle names!

  • Mary Clare Tarpley

    Thank you for reminding me that He will stand in the gaps. I would love either of these pieces.

  • Mrs. W.

    Now this is a truth that will stick with me for a long time! What a good point!

  • Haelie

    Beautiful. :)

  • Jessica

    I agree. Thank you Jesus for standing in the gap.

  • http://www.mywordshisglory.com/ Jesenia @My Words, His Glory

    Beautiful post! Needed this reminder today. Blessings!

  • Marcia

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  • Laura G.

    Thanks, I needed to read this today.

  • Tanya

    I’m prone to wonder too… so thankful He’s in charge of this sometimes double-minded soul… we can do this xx

  • Emily Krape

    A beautiful promise that God will meet my children where I cannot take them. Thanks Sarah :)

  • Mary

    I think a lot of us drop wearily at this hour, after putting babes to bed, and feel the heap of failures from the day pressing hard on our hearts. So many say “I needed to hear this” and I join that chorus. My gap is so big, but our God is bigger. OUR GOD IS BIGGER than our mistakes. Thank you, Father, for filling the gap with your love and grace.

  • Cyndy Gordon Cusson

    Praying the same…

  • Janelle Hofstetter

    Thank you for writing just what this overwhelmed, wandering mama needed to hear.

  • Meg C

    So grateful He stands in the gap for me! Thank you for this post!

  • Danielle May

    ugh ouch yes! Crazy wildly thankful every moment of every “Press the Restart Button” day that someone bigger and way better than me stands in the gap! My kids would be one wild mess without that!

  • kristinemcguire

    A beautiful post, Sarah, and wonderful reminder.. So glad I can begin again every day anew, God is there to “stand in the gap”. And congratulations on the 1 year anniversary. I know your book has blessed many women. :)

  • erin

    Love it. Nice to be reminded

  • Amy

    Thanks for the great encouragement :)

  • Angela Townsend

    I cannot hear these truths often enough. Thank you so much and God bless you, sister in Christ.

  • Amy Boone

    Thank you so much, I needed to read that today :)

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    So beautifully encouraging!

  • Stephanie Webb

    I loved this post. So true! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Marilyn K

    Thank you.

  • http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Perfect post for a day when I am up at 5:20am because I have a boy that loves early mornings!

  • April

    Beautiful post! I really needed these words, it spoke mounds to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you:-)

  • Hannah Lindsay

    Your posts are always so encouraging. Thank you!

  • Michelle S

    Thank you!

  • Marleah

    Fantastic post! I am so thankful that God is gracious to pick up the slack for those times when I so often fail as a mother.

  • VaFlorida

    I awakened this morning to enjoy some quiet before the family awakens and the busy day begins. I need to rest in The Lord. You are right – we have many gaps and we try to do it all. God intends for us to rely on him and he will carry us through. Why is that so hard? I’m talking to myself – a hard headed mom who acts as if she has to take care of it all. Fill my gaps oh Lord! Guide my path

  • Natasha d

    Oh yes, this is good for me to hear today!

  • Sarah

    Thank you for the giveaways!

  • http://www.bumbersbumblings.com/ Amber

    I really needed to read that this morning. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  • ali

    Thanks for the great post and giveaways!

  • Melanie

    I love that-praying that God will stand in the gap-and trusting Him to do so. Thank you.

  • tritonkory

    This was beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Love the visual image of God filling in my gaps. Make it a blessed day!

  • Lindsay

    This is SO true!!

  • Beccy

    Thanks for the post

  • Kathy Dale

    A friend shared this with me. So good. Thank you.

  • Alicia Philip Yoder

    One of my cousins said the same thing to me, several years ago, about God standing in the gap where we fail, and that has been a constant prayer for me now as well! Thank you for sharing!!! When we are weak, HE is strong!!!!

  • Suzanne

    I needed this today! Thank you

  • Elizabeth

    I just wanted to say thank you for all the posts! Today’s was such a great reminder and one that was needed. Have a blessed day.

  • Rachel Ranae

    My parents loved Jesus. I witnessed them working out their messy lives with Him and each other, and that’s what God let me see…bigger than anything else. I am so thankful. I hope that more than my faults and failures, my kids will see my love for them and my love for Jesus. That will impact them more powerfully than anything else I could do!

  • Bonnie

    I always enjoy your writing and today’s message really hit home. I have two young boys and am always struggling/wondering if I am truly showing/teaching them about God. Yes, we read and talk together but is that enough? We have stopped attending church as a family because my oldest has sensory issues and cannot handle the environment anymore. This concerns me even more because are what we doing as parents enough? I have never heard this prayer above about God filling in the gaps but I love it! It is a great way for me to remember that we are not the only two raising our kids- there are three here- guiding, shaping and leading our children. I will have to write this down so I remember! Thank you!
    Also, thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway. :)

    • aubrey

      Press on!

  • Mandy

    Thanks! Just what I needed today.

  • Brenda

    Thank you, Sarah. I am one of 7. My mom used to tell us that we were only on loan from God. I have told mine that, too. I am also thankful that my kids have another parent, who is way more loving and merciful, ONE WHO REALLY IS PERFECT !

  • Amy K.

    What a great reminder!

  • Sheri P

    Thanks for your time in sharing such a good reminder. May you have a Blessed Day.

  • Christy

    What a great reminder! Thank you for sharing this!

  • April

    This is so important, such a high calling to be a “special human” to these little humans! An impossible task were it not for God’s guidance and mercy. Thanks for the reminder:)

  • Joann Marchand

    Thank you for your blog.

  • Lauren H

    Thanks for the.encouragement this morning!

  • Kristin

    beautiful article, thank you

  • Mindy D

    Be still my heart, love this!

  • Julie S

    You have such a great way of putting your thoughts to words. I find a lot of encouragement from your writings. Thank you!

  • Ginger

    Awesome! To know that God is sovereign and he is finishing the good work he started in us and our kids brings peace !

  • keltrinswife

    Oh my goodness I pray the same thing—-for God to fill in the gaps when I fail. You have smart friends :-) lol. Anyway,thank you for sharing this. Be blessed:)

  • Kristi

    Enjoyed your post. Would love to read your book!

  • Brenda Veinotte

    Thanks for sharing this today.

  • joyouschris

    Your honesty and truth are a blessing and encouragement.

  • Jenny B.

    Thanks for writing this, I needed to hear it.

  • CW

    Thanks for thinking of us as you celebrate.

  • rose miller

    Thanks for sharing! So good!!!

  • Heather Bradley

    This is so true! Praise God!

  • Tara H

    Great post! I love that quote by Sally!

  • Kimberly

    I have been praying that through all the holes in my parenting my kids would still see God’s glory.

  • mlcoffey

    I have two pretty amazing children ages 22 and 20 now – just gifts from God.
    When someone makes a comment about our parenting skills contributing to
    the way they turned out (now, they are not perfect by any measure :) ) I
    have to laugh and give ALL the glory to God. For we have failed many
    times in our parenting tactics but are so thankful that God has always
    taken over in their lives when we have fallen short. For He does love
    them so much more than we could ever imagine. Just God…… just
    God!!!

    • faigie

      Oh boy do I feel the same way. We made so many mistakes with our oldest yet, she is the best mom…now how did that happen?

  • Rebekah

    Sarah, great words. May I add onto what you said, to add to your encouragement and assurance, that God already has filled in the gap where we fall short. This is what Jesus accomplished for us with his death on the cross and resurrection. When we fail to parent how we desire, we always go back to Christ’s words on the cross “It is finished.” What joy this brings me! Jesus was even more than a very special human, he was God in the flesh.

  • Lindsey Pieper

    I love this thought on God’s grace filling in the weaknesses of our lives. He is amazing and His love for us unfathomable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Tiffany Wynn

    Thanks for sharing your heart! This mother of 6 (4 of which are ages 3 and under) finds your blog to be such an inspiration! Thank you for going where God leads!

  • sandi

    Awesome post. Thanks for the cool giveaway opportunity.

  • aubrey

    Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear. I will print off parts as a reminder and post to the fridge. Thank you for being transparent and willing to be used by God!

  • Erin @ My Mommy World

    I loved reading Desperate! It gave me so much hope for my motherhood journey :)

  • Karen Renzi

    I absolutely love this prayer you shared. Thank you and thank you for the giveaway offers. I can’t believe it’s been a year, really enjoyed the book too.

  • Nikki

    Love your heart and words! Thank you for your honesty and for putting yourself out there to encourage and inspire women everywhere!

  • Heather H.

    I have really been struggling lately with seeing my shortcomings with my 3 kiddos. This will be so helpful for me to remember and bring to mind when I see myself failing again. He is there, He loves my kids and wants them to have fullness of joy in His presence. Thankful that He has things under control, and thankful for grace when I fail. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement!

  • Melissa

    You are such a blessing, Sarah Mae. Thank you. I pray daily that God will guide me to be a good mother–and definitely fill in those gaps! Wow! Here we all are in this journey of motherhood together. Blessings.

  • Paula R.

    Thanks, Sarah Mae for this encouragement. I fell short in a big way yesterday and it wasn’t pretty. Big.epic.fail. In dealing with a disobedient 4 year old. I was at my wit’s end. I’m so grateful His mercies are new every morning. It’s a new day! Thanks for offering this beautiful giveaway from Dayspring.

  • Amie

    Thanks for the encouragement! I love that serving tray. Pretty.

  • Kim O.

    This is so encouraging to me this morning. Great reminder….thank you and God bless!

  • Kyndall

    It is so encouraging to know God’s grace and mercy. We have hope in Him and so do our children! Praise Him it’s not all up to us! :) it is also encouraging to know that there are so many other women who are walking this same road of motherhood – with a passion for pleasing God. Thank you for sharing this today!

  • Theresa

    This was just what I needed to hear right now! Thank you so much for sharing what blessed you so you could bless someone like me.

  • Beth B.

    Desperate has been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I finally started it a couple of days ago and it has been healing for this weary Mama’s heart. Thank you!

  • Meredith Cooper Adkisson

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s easy to get bummed about a parenting screw-up and want to give up the rest of the day and let my kids get on movie time until bedtime. Trying to do it on my own strength usually ends up that way. Thankfully, I just have to snap out of it and accept God’s mercies that are always there.

  • Kelli Wommack

    My goal for my kids… is to love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength! Love this article.

  • Helene L

    Thank you for the words of encouragement!

  • Mandy

    Such an encouraging word. Much needed. Thank you!

  • Amy Rohrer

    Hmmm, what should I say…..

  • Rachael Colwell

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. As a mother about to have two under the age of 2, I have a lot of fears but I am always reaffirmed after reading your thoughts on motherhood! Please continue with such good work!!

  • Joy Vega

    I love the image of God standing in our gaps. I have SO MANY gaps, and this is such a comforting thought!

  • Corrie

    I really needed to hear this today. Thank you!

  • Hilary

    This is my prayer as well.

  • Catherine O.

    Thank you for this sweet reminder that God will stand in the gaps… being a mom and wanting the best for our kids can put so much pressure on us. Knowing that we are human and are going to mess up, it’s such a gift to know that He loves our babies even more than we do and wants to walk with them.

  • Nina

    Such a great reminder that I don’t always have to be the perfect parent. Also, that when I’m not, my children have someone, who IS perfect, watching their backs. Great post!

  • Amy

    this was great stuff. I didn’t grow up with knowledge of parenting skills either. I was the kid who was good so she was neglected in today’s way of thinking. I hung out with boys because that’s what was in the neighborhood. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. So parenting skills is a mystery to me. But I do have God’s word and what He expects. I can find godly authors and read their books. I love Sally’s books. It’s like she gets my upbringing and gives me pointers on how to change the family history into something better. Thanks.

  • Jamie

    Thank you again for another amazing and inspiring message!

  • Melissakroeker

    Yes to this. Thank you!

  • Ann

    Sarah, Your post was in my inbox at the perfect timing. I was feeling weary, and just meditating on Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus talks about rest in Him for our souls “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest….” I was specifically asking Him to forgive me for putting burdens on my kiddos rather than having compassion for them and pointing them to Christ their true comfort. I was asking Him to search my heart and help me see why I get so overwhelmed when my kiddos fight. Your post encouraged me to remember that He is faithful all the time and that He our hope and strength. I think the line where you wrote “a lot of beginning again” really encouraged me:)

  • Kelly

    I wasn’t brought up to know The Lord, and it wasn’t until I was 29 that I received his gift. I made a lot of mistakes and experienced a lot of loneliness. The last thing I want is for my son ( and any other child God blesses me with ) to experience the same things as me. I want so badly for him to grow up with an understanding of how deep God’s love is for us. And to be able to stand behind his faith with courage. I want him to be exactly what I wasn’t. Without the grace of God, I wouldn’t be able to do that. I pray that we all remember to receive His grace when when we screw up, and to extend grace to our children when they screw up. Thank you Sarah Mae, for your much needed words of encouragement.

  • Tami Montgomery

    Thanks for this today! :)

  • Ashley O

    Sarah,
    My constant prayer is a very similar one. I am so thankful I’m not the only one! I don’t know how mothers raise children without Jesus. It’s the only comfort I have. I know that he will fill the holes that I create in my children. What PEACE that comes from that. Helps me to get up and put one foot in front of the other! I hope to meet you at the Mother’s Tea in Denver in a few weeks! I’ll be stalking I mean looking for you. :-)

  • Iviana Bynum

    I definitely need something like this around my neck! Beautiful words Sarah :)

  • Mary Beth

    God always knows what He is doing, especially when we don’t.

  • Tina Johnson

    Wow. I really can only say that. Thank you for reminding me to lean on God. I’ve been trying to do it all! Praise Him that He is always there, holding us up.

  • julzntommy

    Loved this…thanks for sharing!

  • Sharon O

    Beautiful necklace and tray. Always enjoy your blog and your honesty.

  • Audrey

    Good reminder!

  • Mandy Keller

    Great post, thank you!

  • Dawn Miles

    Love your wisdom and sharing!

  • Charmaine

    This is very uplifting. It seems many times we make other people our Gods such as children do parents. They need to know that we are not Gods but imperfect people as they are and we “ALL” need to seek God’s character. It is our dependence on Him that makes us better parents, spouses, employees, students, etc.

  • Rachel

    Such an incredible reminder, your words really touched home for me! God Bless!!

  • Ronda

    This is a thought I have clung to for quite a few years now. I used to really beat myself up over my failures, and sometimes still do, but the fact is, some of them I cannot change, and I know that God CAN. Praise His name! And about the giveaways, I don’t wear jewelry, but that tray is GORGEOUS!!! I was just thinking the other day I should shop for a pretty tray–something I have never owned in 30 years of marriage. Thanks for showing me one I love!

  • Samantha

    How reassuring! I often worry about my shortcomings when it comes to being a mother. I never really thought of it in the way that God will fill in the gaps where I fall short, but it is SO true! Beautiful.

  • summer

    very well said!! great giveaway, too! LOVE the redeemed necklace! great reminder! our women’s (girlfriends) event is coming up in march and the theme is REDEEMED.

  • http://www.barefoothippiegirl.com/ Barefoot Hippie Girl

    Parenthood is a matter of grace and dependance. I am so thankful for an Almighty God whose everlasting arms are undergirding me.

  • Gigi

    Thank you so much, SarahMae. What a beautiful tray; I’d love to win that!

  • Patty

    I am praying for grace today for this human as I care for the other humans The Lord has entrusted me with!

  • fletchtr

    Sarah, I struggle daily to be a godly mother. Yet, at times, I am not successful. However, your post gave me encouragement to continue on my God appointed mission. Thanks.

  • Kim S

    Redeemed….what a beautiful word!

  • Jessie B

    I’ve actually been listening to Mark Driscolls sermon series of Malachi and leaving a legacy, and what kind of legacy we will be leaving. Feeling burdened, but excited about how I can portray Christ to my children. God, please help me as I try and follow you. Lord, let my kids see you in me and my husband. May they grow to know, love and serve YOU! Amen!

  • http://lemonjellycake.blogspot.com/ Claire Printz (LemonJellyCake)

    Such a sweet photo of you and your boy! :) I frequently have to remind myself that God specifically chose ME to be my children’s mother and that not only can He fill the gap where I fall short, but He can use my weaknesses and inadequacies to accomplish His purposes for them.

  • RJB

    Such a relief when I can remember and hold onto the fact that God loves my kids more than I will ever be able and that He knows and can do so much more for them – and wants to see them blessed!

  • Leesa Chesnut

    So true! I pray that the Lord also stands in the gaps of my parenting. Sometimes I just do not understand my boys but I know the Lord does. Thanks for your words today!

  • LindseyBell

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post. God can fill in the gaps where we fall short. And LOVE the giveaway items too:)

  • Elizabeth

    I needed this right now SOOOOO much. I have the passion and desire but not the strength. Not on my strength alone…but on His.

  • Karole

    Thanks for the reminder that God will take our failures and turn them into something precious when we call to Him. We can never do it on our own :)

  • grace

    thank you for sharing this … good reminder for all of us that we need God in every steps to be a better parents (with wisdom and patience), we are nothing without Him.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for this, Sarah Mae. <3

  • Bridget Burritt

    What a good word!

  • Aileen

    Such great encouragement! So thankful that He will not leave me where I am but is making me more into His image each day. Nothing makes me feel as defeated as my parenting skills. Grateful that my children’s salvation isn’t dependent on that.

  • Leah P

    What an amazing post – thank you for sharing what I needed to hear today. This doesn’t just apply to parenting – I find in so many (all) areas of my life, I need God to stand in the gap where I fall short!

  • http://coddledlittlelife.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Such a reminder. I fall short, so short. I needed to be reminded that God is so much bigger than me and my shortcomings.

  • Christy S

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Tracy Hawkins

    Love your words here! What great reminders!!

  • alison_1

    thank you

  • ldroll

    Sarah thank you for always telling us like it is. I enjoy your parenting stories. It makes me realize we are all in this together! Thank you!

  • shannan dooley carmona

    Oh my! How I needed to hear this today! I have a two year old boy that my husband and I had to wait 12 years for and, just last week, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I have probably had it for 30 years or longer and all I can think about now is how much and how many times the Father has protected me and kept me safe. That truth, reinforced by your reminder that I have His grace with me in parenting gives me such hope for the future. A hope that both my son and husband will come to a saving knowledge of what Jesus has done for us. Thank you for sharing your heart, because it touched mine today.

  • Cassie DeLapp

    Beautiful. I’m praying for a hunger for God in my kids. Thank you for those words.

  • Sharon

    Just the words I needed to hear- words of Grace for this momma who is prone to wander. A great reminder of the vision for the marathon of motherhood “I want them to leave my home with a hunger and passion to know God personally and to be used by him to accomplish great things for his kingdom.”

  • rachelrusticus

    Would love the sweet necklace. Rachel from @redeemingher

  • Heidi

    This was great! I’m so glad He gives us grace!!

  • Noël

    I so needed to hear this today! Thank you, Sarah, for sharing this. My heart aches sometimes for the gaps I’ve created. I’m so thankful that God can fill them in.

  • camille lopez

    amen! parenting s hard and humbling, I know I needed this in my sanctification process. Thanks for keeping it real !

  • Marisa

    I love that we can count on not only for God to fill the gaps but also to show us the gaps!

  • Carol White

    Both beautiful pieces. Carol

  • Leslie S

    Thank you :-) I really needed that reminder today. So often, I simply rely on my own strength, failing to recognize the work that God has already accomplished to reconcile that gap.

  • Ambre

    Thank you Sarah Mae for your wonderful encouragement as always…you’re so transparent and such a blessing!. It was great meeting you at the Sally Clarkson CA conference last year! We’ll miss you this year…..noticed you will only be in CO this year. Thanks for the fun giveaway opportunities….either one would be a blessing!

  • http://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com/ Joyce (and Norm)

    “I want them to leave my home with a hunger and passion to know God personally and to be used by him to accomplish great things for his kingdom.” <– That is so good. We are going through Grace-Based Parenting at our church, and I am learning so much about this whole parenting thing…and not just raising them for the now, but to prepare them for life.

  • Beth Williams

    Parenting children, especially in this day and age, is extremely difficult. To many worldly distractions. It is ever so easy for a child born into Christian home to go astray and leave the parents wondering where they went wrong.
    Praying for God to truly envelop your house and come next to all parents to surround them with His knowledge and peace that even though they fail He is faithful still and will stand in the gap for you!

  • Nicole

    Thank you for your transparency!!! I really enjoy your blogs!!

  • Kristy B

    Good stuff. Truth. Your blog always encourages me.

  • Marie

    Thank you for the encouragement. I’ve been falling short lately as I’m struggling being alone pregnant with a 2 – year old not knowing many people while my husband is deployed. Very trying and annoying time for me figuring and balancing it all out. Lately locking myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes gives me some relief unless my daughter ends up destroying something when I come out. Murphys law at its best. At least some moments are comical. Thank you again.
    - Marie

  • ShellyBooBoo

    Beautiful (both the words and the “gifts”!)

  • http://candelierious.blogspot.com Lis

    I really, REALLY love this post. That is such a good reminder for the many (too many) times I feel like I am failing at motherhood. God WILL stand in the gap. I must rest in this and stop trying to be perfect.

  • Mummyof4

    Beautifully said:) I too fall short but pray that God will stand in the gap. It’s quite an overwhelming thought to know that God loves my children even more than I do :)

  • Court

    I have the assurance that God IS standing in the gap. He has covered me with his Son’s likeness through the blood… Praise be to God!

  • Angie Trevino

    I definitely need to be reminded of this frequently. I often forget that He will fill in the gaps. So thankful for HIs grace!!!

  • Adriana

    Yes, it seems the days when we really, really relinquish everything to Him (when we are truly burned out and cannot do anything more our selves)… THOSE are the days when He really works. It is good to be reminded to do this daily. So that He can “cover us” or “have our backs” or “stand in the gap” where we mess up… daily.

  • Priscilla Wallace

    Thanks for sharing those words. With doing school at home, I have prayed the Lord would bless them despite my shortcomings.

  • Shannon

    Pick me!!

  • Jill H

    Thanks for the encouraging reminder!

  • Liz

    Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you to encourage all of us weary Moms. Keep it coming!

  • stacey plug

    What wonderful insight God has blessed you with! P.S. Pick me! That tray is gorgeous

  • 3Sweetpeas

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Catherine

    Oh, wow. That quote. I read it three times over. I just love this entire post. Thank you, thank you!

  • Becky

    Amen…well said! I constantly remind myself that my children are on loan from God as an amazing gift for me to cherish. That way, when I’m stuck in a rut and dwelling on my constant failures as a mom, I’m reminded that they are really, God’s children. He is ultimately responsible for their outcome, not me. And a sigh of fresh breath takes over and gives me encouragement that “the weak are made strong” and I may just be able to continue this difficult job called motherhood. =)

  • Women Abiding

    God bless you for your inspiring words, and for setting such an awesome example for your sisters in the Lord! <3

  • Katherine

    Both are lovely. I would love to win!

  • http://madesacred.com/ Elizabeth Giger

    What beautiful hope! It is something that keeps me from weeping in despair sometimes: knowing that God loves my children even more than I do. And if He wants them to love Him more than anything, who in this world will stand in His way?!

  • Jenn L.

    I just cannot like this enough:

    “I don’t just want my kids to be moral. I don’t just want them to know all of the biblical rules for behavior. I don’t just want them to make it through my home with good grades, no drug addition, and no premarital sex. I want them to leave my home with a hunger and passion to know God personally and to be used by him to accomplish great things for his kingdom.”

    The most awesome paragraph EVER! Ever.

  • April

    Grace is something I am just starting to learn about, understand, and grow into. And The Lord has been putting it in front of me constantly this week…. All over the place… I want to do this mother thing ‘right’, but I know I am incapable alone. Praise Him for being there, extending his grace and mercy to us, and gently speaking and guiding us. Thanks for your encouraging posts!

  • SQ

    Thank you for bringing the tears that were just below the surface, waiting to emerge. Maybe the feeling that I mistook for pain is really just the swelling of His grace in my human heart, bittersweet and intense.

  • Lynn

    Sarah, I just started your book “Desperate.” How timely! Your words are so freeing and healing. Thank you for putting into the words the things that I have been struggling with as a mom and have not been able to share with others. The Holy Spirit is truly speaking through you in both your book and blog. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me!

  • http://www.warrenbaldwin.blogspot.com/ Warren Baldwin

    When we were younger parents we wanted to help our kids avoid making some of the big mistakes. In many cases we did. But, we also learned, as the kids (and as we) grew older, that an important part of parenting is also to help the kids process mistakes they made. That may actually be more important than helping them avoid the mistakes altogether. It is in stumbling, receiving forgiveness, and getting back up that we learn most about the grace of the heavenly Father. Good post.

  • Jolene

    Definitely praying for God to stand in the gap where I fall short! I love that thought!

  • Su Ann

    I am reading your posts for the first time and I am enjoying them. thx

  • Su Ann

    Also, I found your site via Money Saving Mom …..thx

  • Amy Miller

    Love this and needed this!