My response is more or less always the same: I don't do it well all the time, I rely on God's grace to do anything well at all, and what else can I do when I have a family that needs me besides soldier on? Then I tell them that they would do the same if they were me.
That always makes them stop and think for a minute. The response I usually get at the end of the pause is something to the effect of: Well, I guess you're right. What else can you do?
Some people go so far as to say that I am some sort of saint. Hardly! I struggle just like everyone else does. Yes, I want to be a saint and I want my children to be saints (hence the name raisingsaints), but working toward that every day does not mean that I have or ever will reach that goal on earth.
I know a few real saints-to-be here on earth, and I am not that. Try as I might, I get crabby with my kids and snap at my husband from time to time without real cause. I am quite lazy and like to sleep as much as possible. I tend to put off my work until the last minute which is not saint-like at all! I forget to think outside of my family some days and have a hard time saying no to foods I like. I could go on and on...
I write this because I want everyone to know that I am a regular person just like all of you are and the only remarkable think about me is that I have survived Stage IV cancer and its treatments for 5 and a half years, and you must know this has been completely out of my control! God has been very good to me and my faith in him is strong. I worry about very little and trust anything that is out of my control to him, and that is working well for me.
Some days I do well, but only because of the energy I have prayed for. Some days not so well. But every day I try and try again to be what God wants me to be and as long as I keep trying I am doing alright.
So, in a nutshell...THAT'S how I do it! And you can do it too.