Wednesday

Work It Out Wednesday-2.10.10

Okay so this just barely counts as Work it Out Wednesday. My apologies. No real reason. No life shattering drama, just a rough day in the life of this Mom. My world isn't so different from yours. It's not more difficult. It's not busier. It's just life, and life today was hard.

I was not a great Mom today, and it was one of those tough days where I didn't care-at the time. Now, while my sweet boys quietly sleep, I feel the pangs of guilt, the sting of my tone, the hope of short memories. So I am sorry for them and to you. But there it is.

So for Work it Out Wednesday, let me just ask you this. Are you friends with those in your own home? Are you friends with your family?

Today I would have to say "no".

I have a bad habit of being too real with the sweet people who share my immediate space. On more than one occasion my beloved has said, "you would never talk to somebody at church this way." He is right. I am not confrontational. I am regretfully, perpetually happy. I am not easily angered. I don't get my feelings hurt very often. I love my friends, and I want them to love me.

At home, I am different. Maybe more real, but certainly less long-suffering.

So for today, and tomorrow let's befriend our family. Extend the grace we would to our best friend. Hold our tongues because we would never say those words to a friend. Soften our tone. Drop what we are doing.

Come back Friday and let us know how it goes. Oh, and we'll pick back up with David and Jonathan next week.

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6 comments:

Sharon Sloan said...

Whitney - I've had many a mom days like that too! "The hope of short memories".....I have prayed that God would graciously and mightily erase their hearts and minds when my actions/words have not reflected His love accurately. I also ask for forgiveness a lot and thank God that His love is perfect. Motherhood keeps us on our knees before Him, doesn't it? Complete dependence. My girlfriend always said, "Motherhood is the hardest job you'll ever love."

Authenticity in pursuing holiness. That's what I pray for in my home with my family and in my life. What my family sees and knows of me is most important to me. If hubby knows I am seeking the Lord daily in His word and my cherubs know my heart is ever before Him in humility, then that will spill out into the rest of my relationships and friendships.

“I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.” Psalm 101:2b (NIV)

Living a life of godly integrity happens within the walls of our own homes first. That’s really where we are authenticated. For me, what God sees and knows of me in my home and with my family is most important to me, rather than how others perceive me elsewhere.


It can be ugly and heart-wrenching at times within the four walls, but and I want to pursue holiness and grow in Him. I pray somehow, by His grace, my hubby and cherubs are able to enjoy some fruit of my abiding in the Vine.

Challenging question, Whitney! Thanks for keeping it real.

May we all have a God-graced mommy day today!

Anonymous said...

There's not a mother in the world who can say she's never felt the guilt of treating our loved ones with less love than we should at times. But they forgive us just at our saviour forgives us. Tomorrow will be another day!
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M said...

Much like you I'm 31 and really enjoying God. I friend told me to not worry about God's will- He'll reveal it in time but just wants to have fun with His kids!

Rhonda said...

Like you, I became comfortable in my own skin in my thirties and now am 41 and loving it!! What I like about myself is that at age 39 I started playing soccer with my only prior experience being watching my kids' soccer games. It has been the best thing for me. I love it and play two nights a week now.(Indoor soccer). It was very scary at first but has become such a fun source of exercise for me.

Rita Newlin said...

I'm in for the give away

prashant said...

Living a life of godly integrity happens within the walls of our own homes first. That’s really where we are authenticated. For me, what God sees and knows of me in my home and with my family is most important to me, rather than how others perceive me elsewhere.
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