Mothers have tiring jobs... I know. I'm more exhausted at naptime that the kids are most days:) But what makes a mother's job harder is the emotional strains... grumpy kids, loads of laundry, long "to do" list....etc
Friday was a tough day with NO releif insight. For some reason my oldest woke up with a sassy and fussy "attitude". She fussed through chores, cried through memory work, whined through school work, and fussed more when I gently corrected her. Finally I broke and corrected her with a harsh word and sent her to her room for her to "cool off".
While she needed cool-off time so did I. I didn'y say anything mean to her, but my tone of voice was harsh.
Totally CONVICTED!!! I mean our memory verse this week is A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Provs 15:1)...yes, I just wrote it from memory but I have a pirate voice for the last part and the visual of all my kids "stirring a pot"...
At naptime, I had the chance to ask Anna to forgive me for "using a mean voice" when she was fussing because I knew that I was NOT being loving when I was mean.
Anna hugged my neck, holding me close she said, "MOmmy, I forgive you for being mean."
I said," Thank you, Anna."
She continued, "Mommy, I forgive you because I love you and I know that you love me. When you use a mean voice I still know that you love me."
Ah, there's nothing like being a Mommy. And nothing like having a child's genuine love.
What have your children taught you about forgiveness, love or what "being a Mommy" is???