Reflecting His Grace in Friendship

School started last Friday for my second-grader. And for the first time, she is having school right here at home. It was an incredibly difficult decision, and my new role as a homeschooling mama brings with it a whole new set of anxieties.

I woke up Friday morning with flutters of excitement; read some Scripture and prayed over my day. As the kids ate breakfast, though, I started to hear those voices of doubt and condemnation. Are you sure this was the right decision? There’s no way you can handle this. 

I sat in the laundry room, moving wet clothes to the dryer and wondering if I was completely crazy.

“Mommy! Someone’s knocking at the door!”

Jolted out of my pity party, I untangled myself from the laundry pile and made my way toward the sound of the knock, opening the door to find a friend from my small group, smiling and holding out a box.

“Happy first day of school!” she said as she gave me a hug. “I’m praying for you.”

She slipped away, and I wandered back to the kitchen table, smiling as I opened the box to find a fresh-baked cinnamon roll. My kids squealed at the sight of the treat, and as I cut them each a piece to taste, my phone buzzed with an incoming text message.

“Happy first day of homeschooling! I really think you made the right decision. You’ll do great!” Encouragement from another sweet friend. And I was breathing again, settled back into peace.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his returning is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

We need each other, don’t we? On those days when we lose sight of perspective and when the person extending the least grace to us is our very own self. When our minds and hearts are cluttered, it is the love of community that often draws us right back into the peace of Christ.

How have you received much-needed encouragement and motivation toward love and good works from a sister in Christ recently?

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About Laura Oyer

Laura Oyer is a Midwest-dwelling wife and mother of two. She blogs about the real and ridiculous things of life and parenthood at InTheBackyard.net, and is the co-author of Spirit-Led Parenting:From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year.

Comments

  1. I love how your friends are supporting you Laura. What a gift friendships like this are. Community is so important. Thank you for the reminder that while we all hope to be on the receiving end, we need to be giving this type of love and support first and foremost. Happy homeschooling!

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