Today was just one of those days – the shop manager has been out for two weeks now (and won’t be back until Monday), which means I’m working as close to 40-hour weeks as possible while still overseeing my kids’ homeschool lessons.
Two of my vehicles were totaled this winter, so my husband and I have been car hunting, and my family drove through 5 states – and back – on Sunday evening and Monday to pick up the vehicle I wanted, which was amazing and adventurous but it also meant I started my work week already exhausted.
Something I’ve learned through past experience with busy seasons is to give myself so much grace – and to take quiet time. I’m a better mom after I’ve hidden out for 10 minutes just letting silence fill my soul so I can process and pray.
But sometimes, even after I give myself a little quiet time, I still feel stressed and tired, and I end up not giving my family members the grace I’d want them to offer to me.
When that happens, it’s so important to seek forgiveness.
Other people – especially our children – need to see our humanity. They need to have an example of how to apologize.
If you’ve fallen short as a parent (haven’t we all?!), I encourage you to go to your children and tell them you love them so much and want to do a better job. And then work on doing a better job!
As you try and fall and try and fall, remember that seeing you open up about your own brokenness can help heal their hearts.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV
Let’s always seek forgiveness when needed.