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Forgiveness and Renewal for Mom

October 28

This is Day 28 of the 31 Days to a Better Life: Living Life on Purpose series.  {Subscribe here.}  You can find all of the posts here.

Forgiveness and Renewal for Mom

You will yell at your precious {fit-throwing} little one.
You will forget to send lunch money with your teenager.
You will snap at your husband.
You will make plenty of mistakes as a mother (and wife).

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Forgive Yourself

Don’t beat yourself up for the mistakes and shortage on patience. We are forgiven by God when we repent. We must also forgive ourselves. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:18)

Renew Your Spirit

In the same sentence, I want to encourage you to not become complacent about your attitude and/or behavior. As a mother (and wife) you must always be working toward a more Christ-like attitude and character. The way to a more appealing and Christ-like attitude and behavior is to renew (repair or make new) your mind. You must take initiative to renew your spirit on a consistent basis, which in turn changes your heart and actions. To renew your spirit, you must repair it with God’s word on a daily basis (or close to it). Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

In addition to reading it, you must be open to change, asking God to show you where you are lacking. Also ask for His strength, because you and I both know we can’t do it on our own. We’ve tried. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Reading God’s word and being prayerful about change will make a huge impact on your attitude and character.

Do a Topical Study

If there is an specific area of weakness or character flaw you know you have? Maybe anger or idleness? Do a topical word search on a website like Blue Letter BibleAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) Reading the related Scripture will help you change your attitude and character in these areas. Be sure to also do a word search for the opposite (or the character you want to build that is opposite to the one you want to change or eliminate).

In summary, forgive yourself for your mistakes. Then, do what you can to improve your attitude and behavior.

Mom, do you have some forgiving to do?  What Bible study are you currently doing (or interested in doing?)

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15 Comments

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    Karen
    October 28 at 8:25 pm

    I agree that you must be open to change. I think that is the hardest part for so many people (myself included) but it’s the only way to learn and grow.

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      Tami
      October 29 at 2:01 pm

      @Karen ~ I find myself having trouble changing things that I know would improve my life. Why is that?

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    Kim Adams Morgan
    October 29 at 12:07 pm

    I can’t think of better advice, not just for Moms, but for everyone. We all need forgiveness.
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      Tami
      October 29 at 1:47 pm

      @Kim ~ Forgiveness is a lost fruit these days. I know because I am so guilty of holding grudges (against myself even).

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    Chris Carter
    October 30 at 8:23 am

    This is just so good! I find that I am becoming more open to grace as I grow older… both with me and with others. It’s liberating and it allows me to then fill myself with peace and gratitude.
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      Tami
      November 1 at 8:15 pm

      Maybe it’s not that we are older, but that we are wiser because God’s had some time to work on us.

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    A Mama's Story
    October 30 at 1:30 pm

    Oh goodness, yes, I feel I mess up quite a bit with my little ones and DH. It’s important to ask forgiveness, get up, and keep pressing forward! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your heart and for keeping it real.
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      Tami
      October 30 at 7:26 pm

      @A Mama’s Story ~ It’s comforting to know that there are other moms out there that aren’t perfect like I keep thinking they are.

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    Stefanie @ Calledhis.com
    October 31 at 10:09 am

    Love this post – It’s awesome to see women who are working and still such fabulous moms and wanting to encourage others. Pinned!
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      Tami
      November 1 at 8:05 pm

      @Stefanie, I’m not sure I’d call myself fabulous, but I do love my kiddos.

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    Alisha H.
    November 20 at 7:54 pm

    I have to forgive myself daily. I’m always working to become better instead of dwelling on the bad I’ve done.
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      Tami
      November 23 at 6:19 am

      I’m right there with you, Alisha. I struggle with dwelling on the bad, too. It’s a daily struggle for sure.

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    Heather
    November 20 at 9:10 pm

    Well I definitely needed to read this today. I’m having a “yell at your toddler” kind of week and I’m not sure what my husband has been doing this week which probably means I’m not being a very good wife! Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement!
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    Corina Ramos
    November 21 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Tami,

    This is such a great post. I definitely need to work on my patience. I’m getting better at it. 🙂 I think as Moms we strive on being perfect because so many count on us and we don’t want to let anyone down. We need to go easy on ourselves….if anyone has the right to be imperfect and be proud of it, it’s moms :).

    God knows I’m not the perfect mom and I’ve made my share of mistakes. I once was late picking up my teen from school because I got caught up in General Hospital, LOL!
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