Photo by Lori Lafargue
Lots of things going on in my heart this week. Missing friends, trying to be diligent with my time, trying to motivate a seemingly somewhat un-motivateable child. It’s been incredibly hard. All the while, trying to remember grace, in all things.
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-6, NLT)
What GRACE what KINDNESS, he raised us up, though I didn’t deserve it. Yet it is so hard to treat my children with the grace that they need. Oh how to act with grace to my kids, when they don’t do what they were supposed to or act the way that is kind and loving. Oh Father, please have mercy on me, for the lack of kindness I have shown. I pray that somehow when my children are grown, that they would miraculously forget these times of ugliness and remember the Love that I truly feel for them. May the Lord take back these years that the locusts have eaten. May I remember the grace shown me every moment of every day, especially when my first inclination is to react without grace.
Oh Lord, may they follow you despite the sin they have seen in my life.