Monday, February 23, 2009

Fighting for the Next Generation....Confessing Sin


RUTH 1:21-22

21 I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?"

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

I doubt Naomi, in her great sadness had little thought about what God had given her in Ruth....though it looked like she was empty-handed, God had placed in her care, a woman who would be one who would bare children that bore children from whom Jesus came from. This has helped me remember that some things God is giving to us specifically in our children. That we bring forth a new generation for him....This should help us as mothers...even fathers raise our head high and pursue parenting with all we have!

But what if your week looks like mine did this week? I had no patience....often times i just wanted to get in my bed or go away to a coffee shop and be alone rather than instruct my children in the Lord or take care of them. What if you become so frustrated that it leads you to bursts of anger towards your children? What if you no longer feel love towards your little pooping preciousness and start dreaming of when they will be out of the house on their own?

Well, It is real. It happens. It isn't fruitful, but real, none the less. And something that all of us can relate to whether you admit it or not. So what do you do with those weeks? what do you do with those times you "fail" as a mother? You cling to the Gospel!

Micah 7:7-9

7But as for me, I will look to the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;

" when I fall, I shall rise;

"when I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be a light to me.
9" I will bear the indignation of the LORD
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
" He will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.

Confessing Sin is huge in our home. And it is just not for our children. When I have wronged my children, I admit it to them. Confessing sin and believing the gospel is the work of God. To believe the gospel in those moments or after those fruitless moments is redemptive for our children...for the next generation. To show them that the same God we sin against is the same God that redeems us is powerful!

Mark 1:15

15and saying, ""The time is fulfilled, and" the kingdom of God is at hand;" repent and believe in the gospel."

John 6:28-29

28Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing" the works of God?" 29Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

Some days for us preschool moms may seem so mundane and never ending with matters of doing...but let us remember that the work of God is to believe the gospel. Let's model for our children repentance and believing the gospel. They will learn more about that from your life than anything you ever instruct them.
It is good to confess sin...though i fall, yet shall i rise...more later...


Erin said...

First of all...I can't believe that sweet baby girl is crawling!!!! WOW! Changing so fast!
Thank you for this! Lately I have felt like that "bursting" mama, so thanks for being real!
Love you, Kimberly!!!!!

Wes Bridel said...

Thanks Kimberly. Kara and I are not quite there yet, but I see your blog will be very helpful as parenting's a big exciting/terrifying adventure that will hopefully be coming our way not too far down the road.

When you look forward to marriage it seems like it will be this wonderful thing, but we had many people warn us to expect difficulties.

You're the first I've heard say the same about parenting, but of course it's true. Thanks for wisdom. Wes