This week has been one of those weeks where you feel like your kids have forgot every.single.thing you have taught them. Complaining, tattling to a whole new level, and bickering had taken over. I was less than perfect, being irritated by it all, quick to anger, and overwhelmed with dealing with all these behaviors.
I cried out to God yesterday at my wits end and He gently reminded me I had not been placing Him first or acting in love....so why would they?
I repented and ask the Spirit to help me be who He wants me to be. This morning before even getting out of bed the kids and I had a discussion. I asked them how the Bible says we should act to each other. ‘Treat others better than yourself’
‘Be slow to anger’
‘Take care of your speck before your brothers log’
‘Whoever is last here is first in heaven’
Yep. They know, just like I know.
I asked them what our family rule is about siblings. ‘Treat your brothers and sisters better than your best friends.’
They all confessed they were not acting that way. I confessed I was not acting this way either. We then cried out to Jesus, asking His Spirit to fill us and our home with love. To make our family a city on a hill that can not be hidden. We thanked Him that His mercies are new every morning and that our sins are covered by His blood.
I then issued a bucket challenge. This book is one we read often about how we are either filling others love bucket or stealing from it. (I love adding scripture to it while I read it) I challenged them to be the best bucket filler today. So far today has been much better, sin will resurface-as it always does-but His mercies will be there.
Moms, we can’t be perfect because we aren’t perfect, but we can be authentic and model repentance and our need for Jesus just as much as their need for Jesus.