Even When You Fail...
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In Romans 5:1 the Apostle Paul addresses the church in Rome, writing: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The peace that Paul is speaking of can just as easily be applied to our parenting as it can to other situations in our lives.
If we have submitted ourselves to faith in Christ, to connection in community through the church and to confessing our sins as it says in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” then when we fail in our parenting we have an opportunity to self-correct and learn from the word of God and the body of Christ.
The reality is that we are going to mess up as parents, and yet we do not need to live in an endless cycle of grief and guilt.
Submit your parenting to the Lord. Talk about your short-comings in trusted circles, and if necessary seek support.
When you find yourself struggling, or perhaps “failing” in your parenting talk to your children. Our children are incredible! They can be most beautiful example of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
I know that when I’ve been needlessly harsh with my kids or short with them, when I’ve asked for their forgiveness and explained what happened in the situation they have responded in love, forgiveness and empathy.
So, today, if you are grappling with guilt, submit your feelings to prayer, talk to your children and spouse, seek restoration and forgiveness if needed, and then begin to implement the tools above.
Baby steps momma, you’re doing a great job.
Keep loving those babies, point yourself and your family towards Jesus and let go of the guilt you’ve been carrying.
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