Monday, July 4, 2011
Forgiveness and Getting back on track.
Has anyone ever felt that they were such a wonderful, creative, loving, fun, and gentle mother.......when their children weren't around?
So often I feel this way, I'm the greatest mother when my children aren't home. But then again, so often I can be the worst mother when they are around. This week my children are out of town visiting their grandparents, so I have had a quiet house for a few days. This solitude has allowed me time to think about my mothering as of late, and unfortunately I am not too pleased with myself as a mother. Do you remember my last post about attitudes? Those attitudes that can bring a whole family down? I wrote that post out of experience, being overbearing and demanding, lazy, and a perfectionist. There have been days that my children have had a mother that is anything but loving and gentle.
So these past few days I have had some time to think about how things around my house need to be changed. First and foremost I need to get back in the habit of having a regular morning prayer and Bible time. No other changes I make will benefit or last if I don't make my Lord my top priority. Before I became pregnant in May I was in the habit of getting up at 5:00am, exercising for 30 minutes and then I had my prayer and Bible time from 5:45- 6:30am. For me, this morning routine was perfect. And then, my morning sickness hit me hard. I couldn't even begin to think about getting up early, I could barely get out of bed at 7:30 when my children woke up. Through all of this, my morning quiet time with the Lord suffered greatly. And what happens when your quiet time with the Lord suffers? Everything else suffers as well- family, children, and home in general.
Oh, it can be so hard to get back on track after you've been away so long, getting back into a routine is easier said than done. But I know that the Lord's will for my life is to be close to Him, and if this is His will then He will give me the strength to get back on track. His Word will encourage me not to give up, not to take the easy way out, not to make excuses.
Psalm 119:105 says this, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
In those dark times I know I can rely on God and His Word to light the way and help me walk down the right path.
When I have been overbearing, lazy, and demanding perfection with my children I need to get on my knees and ask forgiveness, knowing my Lord forgives. Then I need to get up, ask forgiveness of my kids for being unkind, and get back to being the kind of mother God created me to be.
In 1 John 1:9 the Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
So this week in the Summer Family Series I encourage you to turn from those bad attitudes, and ask for forgiveness from your Heavenly Father. And if you've strayed from the Lord, whether it's been a few days, a few weeks, or a few months or more, I encourage you to get back on track with making your quiet time with the Lord your top priority.
Remember if the Lord is our priority, then everything else will fall perfectly into place.