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- S.O.A.P Week 3
- Book Discussion for Week 3
My thoughts for this week:
One of the areas that stuck out most to me was just how little grace I’m actually allowing myself to give to my children. I tend to think that if I’m not on my kids every little action that somehow they’ll take the latitude and run wild with it. Probably because I’ve seen this happen. But then I’m reminded that Jesus was “patient, encouraging, loving, and forgiving” with his disciples. He didn’t yell and criticize, so why am I taking that route?
The goal isn’t to force my kids to comply, but to actually reach their hearts. To create an ongoing intimate relationship with them. One thing that Sally pointed out that really got me…my willingness to spend time with them.
I’m always planning, and doing, and going, and on and on. How often do I ignore the pleas from my children to “come look at something”, to give some snuggles, to read for fun, or just spend time. Jesus gave the gift of himself, as a mother I am called to do the same.
“Each of us is designed by God to whisper His words to the hearts of our children so they will feel the call of God in their own lives to become “fishers of men”.”
Ugh…I’m so not good at this right now. My new plan is to slow down, take time to just hang out with my children. To listen to them, to literally show them His love through my actions.
Thankfully right after this conviction, Sally pointed out that it’s not all up to me! Praise God!
“The Author of grace will Himself draw my children to Him…as I rest in His ability to work through the life of my family. Perfection is not a standard He requires of me as a mother, for His grace extends to me as well as to my children.”
What matters most to my children is my time. I simply need to be present with them. Be willing to serve them, and as Sally so eloquently states “to voluntarily give up my rights and my time to meet their felt needs – just as Jesus was willing to give for His disciples.”
Sally ended off the reading reminding us that instead of harshly demanding obedience from our children using orders and threats, we can choose to tie the chords of their hearts with ours through a loving and serving relationship. We will see our influence increase as we disciple them through an ongoing relationship based on love. This gives a whole new definition of grace to me!
Lord, I pray that You will help me slow down and take time to just be with my children. To remember to cultivate a close loving relationship with them that will point their little hearts to You. Give me the strength and grace to listen to their hearts, to comfort them when hurt, and to make myself available to their needs. Help remind me that they want my attention, and that I am called to give myself to them just as You give yourself to us. Thank You for always making time for me! Amen.
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