by Martha Barkman
Visions of being the ideal mother were mine. A super mom. So I was never going to yell at my children. Yesterday I did it again.
Then my five-year-old said, "Mama, I feel you don't love me when you talk to me like that."
Oh, ouch. I felt that. A super mom? My daughter doesn't think so evidently. I sat down, brought her close, and said, "Sweetheart, I was wrong. Jesus doesn't want me to talk to you like that. I listened to the devil and that's not good. Forgive me. Let's ask Jesus to forgive me, too."
She understood, forgave, and promised to pray for me. I was so touched... and humbled.
A super mom? No, my children will not see me like that. But I want them to see a mother who fears the Lord, who seeks Him with all her heart, and who is Lord, who seeks Him with all her heart, and who is never to proud to say, "I'm sorry. I was wrong. Forgive me."
God can extend His grace again and again to such a mother. And grace is what I need. Grace -- the power of God in my life, doing what I can't do. Grace to love again and again. Grace to be patient and gentle. Grace to listen to questions and answer them. Grace not to yell but to have the law of kindness on my tongue. Grace to read stories and more stories. Grace to put the Word into them at every opportunity.
Then I think of my Father. He never yells at me. When I come to Him and say, "God, I've done it again," He says, "What have you done? I forgave you the last time and I don't remember."
He doesn't even yell at me, "I told you so. Why didn't you try Me first? Won't you ever learn?"
I've come to see that my Father delights in seeing me come to the end of myself. "God, I'm finished. I can't do it. I need YOU."
A super mom? No. I need help. I need Jesus. I want my children to see that -- so they'll know where to go, too.
A super Father? Yes. MY Father.
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