Fearless Mom strives to equip you to embrace your responsibilities as a mom. We don’t want to add to your already crazy to-do list; we just want to help you be intentional with what you’re already doing.
This is the third installment in our blog series where we look at the lyrics from popular worship songs and hymns, filter them through scripture, and use them as encouragement as you embrace your responsibility as a mom. Here are the other blogs in this series, and here is our Fearless Mom playlist on Spotify to enjoy while you’re working out, waiting in the carpool line, or cooking dinner. And last but certainly not least, here is “Motherhood According to ‘Amazing Grace.’”
Lyrics to “Amazing Grace“
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Grace is often defined as “unmerited love and favor,” meaning that the love and favor we are given is not the effect of good deeds. We don’t earn grace; it is lavished upon us simply because God loves us.
“Grace is a love that has nothing to do with us but everything to do with the one from whom it derived: God. It is a powerful, divine, and vital piece of our existence, and it is the only reason we are able to open our eyes each morning. God’s grace is more than a second chance; it’s a third, fourth and fifth. It’s a love that keeps on giving, regardless of our past.” – Unknown
As moms, we rely on grace, both given and received. There is no denying that motherhood can be filled with fears, toils, and snares. As we face the challenges of motherhood, we can stand confident in God’s promise of good. Think of all you have overcome: be it those long nights with a colicky newborn, embarrassing public tantrums from your toddler, intense arguments with your preteen, and so on – you SURVIVED! Grace has sustained you thus far, and God promises good to you. This promise is delivered by grace.
Grace can look different in different situations. Grace is a forgiving heart after you lose your temper with your child. Grace is good news at a doctor’s appointment. Grace is remembering to take a deep breath before responding in anger. Grace is when all of the stars align for you to take a restful nap when you are exhausted and at your wit’s end.
As Julie often reminds us, we have God’s grace to fill in – not if, but when we fall short. God extends His grace, provision, love, and protection to all of us. We are called to extend the grace given to us. One simple way to demonstrate grace is to be mindful of your interactions. There is a common practice to help with this: “Before you speak, think. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”
Grace truly is amazing. But the most amazing aspect of grace is that, through the power of God’s grace, the unmerited love and favor poured out on us through Jesus – we are saved. We are made new and given chances to stand in His love and share it with the world! So let’s start by demonstrating God’s grace with our children.
To hear more about grace, please check out Mac Richard’s sermon series: Grace.
Here are some beautiful verses to pray over during this motherhood season:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2: 8-10 (NLT)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NASB)
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:24 (NLT)
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. John 1:16 (NASB)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” Lamentations 3: 22-24 (NLT)
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45 (NIV)
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 (NIV)
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. Luke 2:40 (NIV)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)