No better day than today to consider who needs to be forgiven or perhaps consider what you need to forgive of yourself. What do I mean by that? Relationships take work from our heart, mind, and body! Parents love and serve and go above and beyond. Disrepair will happen: it’s human nature. Trust broken mean trust will need to be re-built.
When my child was young and here was only one, we frequented Wednesdays at the local library for reading time. One day, we stayed an played a little longer and another child took a toy and came towards my daughter to hit her on the head. The kind and aware mom brought her child back and made him apologize. As a mom and teacher and trainer, I told my daughter, he hurt you and he’s here to say sorry–to ask for forgiveness. Do you forgive him? A few other on-lookers (mamas and kids murmured) and I continued in my teacher hat saying “yes, he hurt you and when someone does wrong you can forgive or not forgive them of what they have done. Do you forgive him? Thankfully she said yes. All was said and done and amends were made. Relationships repaired.
I consider myself a heavy conscience-type. I think about what others think and feel heavily. As I go into the weekend, I want a peaceful, loving and conscience-clear weekend–I’m going to look at how my days went this week and forgive others and forgive myself.
As I consider what things I can forgive myself of:
*Being busy in my head therefore becoming distracted with my people around me
*Quickness to frustration due to the demands in one day as a wife and mama to five
*Not planning properly
*Being angry and acting out of anger at my kids and husband
*Wanting things to go a certain way so I look a certain way and feel a certain way… even when it costs others. **These are my personal examples from this week
Forgiving others: I will forgive my children for times or rebellion. I will forgive my husband for what he said and how he said it. I will forgive child two for hitting me. I forgive child three for harsh words. I will forgive child four for hitting me and acts of defiance. I will forgive child one for blatant avoiding of work for hours. I will forgive my dog for ridiculous barking at the same dog and owner walking down our street everyday.
Don’t you want a fresh start for your weekend. So consider this Friday, what things can you forgive of yourself and forgive of others? Let’s consider those things, go before God, confess to others and be healed.
James 5:16 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Let’s pray: Dear God, I come to you to confess that I have sinned this week. I have done things that I should not have done and those things I should have done, I did not do. I am sorry. Thank you that you know I will make mistakes & I may fail but you will never fail. Though I have made mistakes this week, I thank you that you love me perfectly and completely. Thank you that in my weakness, you are strong and that your grace is sufficient for me. Lord, help me to be kind to myself and serve from love and out of love in Jesus’ name. Amen.