If you ever have days when you feel tapped out, exhausted, or tired of feeling like you don’t measure up, then prepare to fall in love with my friend Jeannie Cunnion. A mom of three boys and author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child, Jeannie has a gift for helping women find peace and freedom through God’s lavish grace. I’m thrilled to host Jeannie as a guest blogger today so her words of wisdom may inspire you and remind you of how deeply loved you are.

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It was 8:30 a.m. and I had just landed at the Atlanta airport, picked up a rental car and began the two-hour drive to South Carolina for a three-day conference.

I turned on the radio and found the local Christian radio station so worship music could fill the car. And I began to cry.  Sob, actually.

I was in a painful season in life, and I was feeling particularly vulnerable.  I was aware of how hard this life can be and how much I need Jesus to navigate it.  I was empty.

 Jeannie Cunnion

Jeannie Cunnion

So I did the only thing I know to do when I am overwhelmed: I began to pray. Honest, raw prayers about the pain in my heart and the fear in my bones.

“I can’t handle this Lord. I feel broken. I am weak. And I think I’m letting everyone down.  The pain is deep and wide and I have nothing to give.”

And in that sacred space and time, I heard the Lord speak to my spirit.

The words came slowly and tenderly.  “Jeannie, I am pleased with you.”

In the most unexpected place, I heard a word of grace. A word of acceptance. A word of love.  All of that goodness wrapped up in one small sentence that I repeated over and over again until the words settled in my soul….

“God, You are pleased with me.  You…..are…..pleased….with…. me.”

Because of what Jesus has done for us, God whispers those words to each and every one of us, each and every day.

On the days when you can’t feel it. On the days when you’re sure it can’t be true.

Jesus is still crazy about you.

He hasn’t forgotten you.

He does not regret giving His life for you.

And He has not given up on you.

He will never give up on you.

He is pleased with you.

I think it can be easy to believe this on our good days. When we are sending the kids out the door with kisses and hugs, when we are patient and kind with their disobedience, when we are joyful in the simple and daily trials in motherhood, we can believe that Jesus is pleased with us.

But what about the not-so-good days? How does He feel about us on those days when we are painfully aware of our fallen nature and imperfection?

Do we still believe that Jesus is pleased with us?

Friends, I want us to hold tight to this good news: There is grace for us!

When you feel unworthy of love and acceptance, you need to know that God sees His son Jesus covering you with His righteousness, and He is pleased with you. (2 Cor 5:21)

That thing that you did that you feel really guilty about?

Those words that you used that you wish you could take back?

There is grace for your failure.  There is forgiveness for your sin.

Grace takes a red sharpie marker and writes “Done!” over our “do more, try harder, and be better” list for pleasing God and earning his favor and acceptance. Grace says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10 NASB).

Friend, because of Jesus, you can rest in these 5 words: God is pleased with you.

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Thank you for reading this post today, written by Jeannie Cunnion, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child.jeannie

Jeannie has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and her background combines counseling, writing, and speaking about parenting and adoption for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. Jeannie serves on the board of Raising Boys Ministries. She also serves as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, where she enjoys leading parenting groups and Bible studies when she isn’t cheering on her boys at one of their sporting events.

You can visit Jeannie’s blog at www.jeanniecunnion.com or find her on Twitter and Facebook. Also on her website, Jeannie is now offering a FREE study guide to Parenting the Wholehearted Child. It’s a great way to learn more about grace and how to apply to your life.  

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