Updated: Sep 18
Life can be challenging at times, and sometimes we struggle living up to our expectations and achieving our goals. I am right there with you. I don't want to even think of how many times I failed this last week. I am here to tell you that it is okay to fail, and with a little Grace in your life, you will make it through the week. #todayIwillallowmyselfgrace
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My daughter has been struggling during all this social distancing and shelter in place. She is a social butterfly and loves being with her friends. Plus, she really likes school. When we told her that there could be a chance that this coming school year could end up online, she cried. She wants to go back to school and she wants to see her friends. To help her cope with everything, we mentioned she try hosting a social distancing D&D game night with a few friends. She was so excited about this.
To prepare for the get together we purchased individually wrapped treats. That way there would be a low risk of cross-contamination. After purchasing the treats, we piled them up in a corner on the kitchen cabinets. Needless to say, everyone was having a hard time avoiding the temptation to sneak some treats.
It was especially hard for me. I recently started Weight Watchers to help me lose my baby weight, so I have been very conscientious about what I eat. I only get 30 food points each day, and I want to make each of those points count. I decided that I would use some of my weekly points and have a treat, but I wanted to be strategic about what to eat. I spent time discovering what the food points for each treat was before I made my decision. I shouldn't have been surprised at how high the points were, but I was. The Oatmeal Creme Pie cookies were worth 14 points. When you only get 30 points a day, 14 is a lot, so the Oatmeal Creme Pie was off the menu. I ended up going for the mini Hershey's bar that was only a total of 3 points. A win for me. However, the next day I was not so good.
The following day was the party. The girls were so excited to be together despite the masks and required six feet distancing. All of them hadn't seen any friends for months. The plan was to have the game outside and each girl would have their own table spaced apart from the other tables. Well, we just so happened to plan the party on the hottest day of the summer, so far. By 8:00 p.m. it was still 100 degrees outside, so we moved the party to our basement and spaced the tables out there instead.
As I prepared to serve the treats, I donned my mask, washed my hands, and put on gloves. Now I had all the bags of goodies open and staring me in the face. Needless to say, I gave in and had that Oatmeal Creme Pie cookie and other stuff (I won't tell you how much I ate. Suffice it to say, I went over the allotted 30 points). Looking back I could have done better, but I have decided to give myself a break. For over two weeks I had done a good job keeping my points at 30 or under, it wasn't the end of the world that I let myself have a free day.
My Motivational Monday message for today is to allow yourself some grace. We aren't perfect and we mess up, but we can't spend time beating ourselves up every time that happens. We need to pick ourselves up and keep trying. Just because I had one day where I gave into the tantalizing goodies, doesn't mean it will happen every day. Please give yourself some grace. There is nothing that will derail your motivation faster than beating yourself up all the time. Don't have your expectations so high that you don't allow for a little grace to get you through. You need to be positive and know that you can do it and you will.
Motivation Monday Pick
I can't talk about grace without mentioning Jesus Christ. Without Him, grace would not be possible. He is the ultimate giver of grace. Through His Grace, we can be transformed, lifted up, strengthened, and forgiven.
One of my favorite talks I ever read about grace was by Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient. After reading this talk, I understood grace better than I ever had. In the talk, he describes three attributes of Christ's grace: help, power, and strength, and how they apply to us.
In this book, Brad Wilcox goes into greater detail about these three attributes he presents in his talk I mentioned above, and how Christ willingly gives of His grace, but in order for it to work, it must be received. Wilcox does a good job helping the reading understand and apply such an abstract concept. This isn't just a dry doctrinal book, but an inspiring book that uses real-life examples and stories to help the reader understand grace and how it works in their life, and if you love hymns then you will enjoy this book even more. Wilcox using hymns to further shed light on Grace.
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Participating in the Book Bingo Reading Challenge (if not check it out here), Changed Through His Grace, would be a great read for the spiritual category. Don't forget to share what you are reading the in comments below or on my Facebook page @Feedmereads use the hashtag #feedmereadreadingchallenge