Words for Every Parent

I came across something in my devotional time this week that I wanted to share. For those of you who have kindly responded to my recent blog series "Have I Failed My Children?" this excerpt from Jesus Calling on May 9 is so appropriate. Sit down for a minute and take it in.

"Don't be so hard on yourself. I can bring good out of your mistakes. Your finite mind tends to look backward, longing to undo decisions you have come to regret. This is a waste of time and energy, leading only to frustration. Instead of floundering in the past, release your mistakes to Me. Look to Me in trust, anticipating that My infinite creativity can weave both good choices and bad into a lovely design...I am able to bring beauty out of the morass of your mistakes. Trust Me, and watch and see what I will do."

I hope these words encouraged you as much as they did me! And what a great precursor to Mother's Day which we celebrated on Sunday, May 10 here in the U.S. If you're like me, there are days that you wholeheartedly can take these words in and other days when it seems as though they were meant for everyone else. Maybe share with a close friend these words and give them permission to read them back to you and pray them over you when you find yourself "lamenting' again over your "morass of mistakes."

Dear Jesus, would You wash over us today with the truth of who You are and what You are capable of doing in our hearts and the hearts of our children. And would You pour out Your kindness Lord, that leads to repentance.