I’ve been a contributor at CatholicMom.com for a couple of years now, and it’s been a huge blessing to be a part of Lisa Hendey’s wonderful site. I was so excited to have a chance to read her newest book, The Grace of Yes. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up the book, but I was delighted with what I found.
As I’ve mentioned in my posts for the Grace of Yes book club, I found so much to relate to in Lisa’s book. As I read, I kept thinking, “This is a really brave book that she’s written,” because she’s just so honest about herself and her faith journey. When she writes about The Diva, it is so easy to see myself in that, too. And the questions to ponder lead me to a desire to improve in my spiritual life.
More than anything, it’s good to know that there are other people on the same path as me, having the same struggles as I have. On days when I do NOT have it all together (as in, every day!), it’s a comfort to know that I’m not the only one. On days when I feel like swimming upstream is too tiresome and I want to give up, it’s good to know other moms are struggling to raise their kids in the same way. Lisa’s book does this, all while encouraging her readers to reach for God just a little more. (I’m really looking forward to our book club on the week we get to discuss how saying “no” can be a form of “yes,” too!)
But for Grace of Yes Day, we need to look at how we can say “YES!” to God.
For me, my “yes” today consists of my vocation; I’ll be homeschooling today, then bringing the girls to their dance and play practices this evening. With each moment I focus on them, I’ll be saying “yes” to God and His plan for my life. By saying “yes” to lesson plans and grading papers and editing essays and explaining math, I’m growing in holiness.
So let’s talk about it! How are you saying “yes” to God today? Are you assisting a charity? Helping someone in need? Are you sharing your time or your creativity? Or have you said “no” to a new project so that you can give a better “yes” to the people you’re already serving? Share your story below or head over to CatholicMom.com and link to your own blog post!