This was a rough week … a lot of mess-ups on my part. I got impatient with my children, scolded them, and got angry. I had to humble myself before The Lord and my children and ask them for forgiveness.
I was really unhappy, battling with thoughts like, “You’re a horrible mom. How can you be an encouragement to anyone? How can God use a loser like you?” We are often our own worst critics, aren’t we? I’ve been forgiven, yet I was still beating myself up over it. I didn’t need to forgive myself, as some would say, because I was not the one offended. I simply needed to rest in the forgiveness that was already granted to me.
Enough is enough. I needed to stop passively listening to these wrong thoughts, and actively speak the truth, God’s Word, to myself. Only then did change begin to happen.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
~ Psalm 103:1-5