photo by Walt Stoneburner
When the girls came down from quiet time, I told Abigail that I wanted her to fill the dishwasher. I sat down at my computer, and behind me, she proceeded to grab the dishes from the table. On her way to the dishwasher, I heard a big crash. immediately knew what had happened, and she knew too. She had not carrying the dishes like she had been taught, and so some fell and broke.
She started to cry-
because of the startling accident,
because of the guilt,
and because she wasn’t sure how her mama would respond.
My children see me every day, good and bad, and though I often have a hard time admitting when I am wrong, I know it is important for me to apologize when I am. God purifies me and them throughout this process.
By God’s grace of quiet time earlier, I was able to calmly respond to my daughter.
I admitted to her that I often respond impatiently and apologized. I asked her to pray for me. I also told her that it is only by God’s grace when I don’t sin in my response.
I thank God for this opportunity to have His grace abound and also share it with my daughter.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work
II Corinthians 9:8