Parenting is the toughest job in the world.

Why?

Well, for one thing, parenting is a job you can never truly master. By the time you figure out one stage of life, your child has already moved on to the next one, and you have to start all over.

For another thing, you can never quit. You will come to the end of yourself regularly and often, but somehow, someway, you have to keep going. That small person depends on you, and God has entrusted him or her to your care.

Add to that the desire for a good relationship with her husband, and most moms have little time for meaningful devotions with the Lord.

Many women feel guilty about their relationship with God. They believe they should try harder and do more. But striving to “be better” and to “accomplish more” will only get you so far.

It also strips the Gospel of its central truth: Jesus rescues us precisely because we cannot always “be better” and “accomplish more.” God is about grace, not works. Love, not exhausted striving.

If you’re a mom struggling to stay close to God, I encourage you to listen to my conversation with author Courtney Ellis on our Focus on the