lessons learned along the way……
i realized something yesterday. something very important……
i realized that God is using the painful season i’m in to teach me new things about my kids.
he is using the pain our family is experiencing to reveal the hearts of my precious kids, and to give me insight into their little minds…..
he is changing this mama’ s heart of mine to view them in ways i never have before……
he’s giving me a compassion and a tenderness that wasn’t characteristic of me before–at least not to this extreme—and he’s prompting me to draw them out and to really hear what’s on their hearts….
when they disobey, i see that differently now as well….i now want to deal with their disobedience and help them to see their sin against a loving, holy God…..
it’s not so easy for me to ignore their disobedience anymore and just wish it away, but rather, i want to help them see their need for a Savior….
and i want to remind them over and over again of the Hope we have because of Jesus……
you could say that i’m a different mommy now–still sinful and needing my savior–yet, i’m learning to be transparent with my kids, being honest about my struggles and my fears
and i’m not hiding my tears or apologizing for them in front of my kids anymore….they need to see that mommy hurts to and that we’re in this together, to the end.
we’re still a family of sinners in need of God’s grace, but we’re a closer family now…a family who shares in the tears and the pain and there’s a compassion for one another that shows through when the days are tough.
but by the grace of God, we’re a different family now, and i know Gods not finished with us yet…..
English Standard Version (ESV)
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
***i’m linking up today at heavenly homemakers for Gratituesday…..