As a Mom, a working woman going to school full time, and also writing a book I’m exhausted most days. To be honest I probably invest too much time in making sure the house looks spotless and my son’s clothes look perfect. I make sure I spend time doing devotionals and teaching my son about God and forgiveness. But…I find most days the person I need to forgive is myself.
God has brought many situations into my life that has made me realize how important it is to forgive others but I have to remember that if God has forgiven me I have to cut myself a break. I am no stranger to perfectionism and it’s dangers.
Through this struggle with perfectionism I have realized that I need to forgive myself of the past mistakes I’ve made especially as a Mom. I need to forgive myself for not getting all of the “to-do’s” of the day done. The Bible teaches us the importance of forgiving others but we neglect to forgive ourselves.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
I have had many opportunities to forgive others and I knew how important it was. But what I didn’t realize was how important it was to forgive myself. I need forgiveness as much as everyone else. Yet there are times when I neglect myself and forget how it is important to forgive myself as much as it is important to forgive someone who hurt me.
Acts 3:19 says this in regards to repentance, “times of refreshing come from the Lord”. I know I definitely need refreshing that rejuvenation that can only come from the Lord. I know my healing can’t come from shopping or anything that this world can offer. Only true healing and comfort comes from the Lord.
If you are anything like me…a tired Mama…then you know this truth too. Sometimes we have to realize the expectations we have of ourselves can be too much. Often I think we have forgotten that we have been bought with a price! A price that cannot be repaid but instead the blood that Jesus shed was for our sins too.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
Jesus was willing to die for us tired and weary Mama’s who may be looking at what we are not doing right instead of remembering that Jesus died so that we could live with him. Although we live in the world we are no longer slaves to the sins that once held us captive.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
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