It’s Your Kindness

 

I’ve been pondering this thought lately. If God’s kindness leads us to repentance, then why do I think it’s going to be my yelling and nagging that leads my children to repentance?

This week, I will be more kind and loving when I speak to them – firm, when necessary, but kind. Even when I’m tired or hungry. Even when they are ignoring me or disobeying me or fussing with each other over something stupid. Even when they are being unkind.

I want my interactions with my children to be marked with this loving kindness, the same sort of kindness and goodness God shows to me.

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5 thoughts on “It’s Your Kindness

  1. wilmahatcher

    Jenn, you are already on your way. I see that when it’s crazy with the kids. These thoughts are good for all of us. Thank you for sharing.

    Gmama

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  2. Stephanie

    Short and to the point- Thanks for this. We are just now getting to a point where someone knows that she can throw fits- it’s difficult thing to handle, sometimes. But this is definitely a good reminder!!!

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  3. David Abbott

    Good thoughts Jennifer! I’m reading a book called Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. It came highly recommended by other pastors who understand the need to reflect the character of God in parenting.

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  4. gracelandjenn Post author

    Stephanie, I need the reminder constantly. We’re all in process. Right? :)

    David, thanks. I think I read parts of that book years ago. I need to find it again and add it to my reading list.

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  5. Grammy

    I needed to hear this when I was raising my children!!! :-) Truth is, we are human. We sin because we are sinners. We need to live closer to God and recognize that we need Him, every day, every minute of the day, every second of the day and need to totally rely on Him. We need his guidance on every decision we make and every word we say. Unfortunately, a lot of times we do and speak before we even consider what would please God. I am s-l-o-w-l-y learning that if I am irritated about a certain situation, if I stop, ask God to help me keep my mouth closed or help me say the right thing, my days are so much better and my stress level is much lower that if I spean the first think that comes to mind or do something that is unkind. This is true whether we are interacting with our children, spouse, parent, friend, or just an acquaintance. Thanks for giving me something else to ponder.

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