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  1. This nearly brought me to tears, Theresa. I agree that parenthood has put my relationship with God in a totally different light. As I get frustrated with my daughter sometimes, and I don’t understand how God can put up with me. It’s hard to fathom the undeserved grace He gives all of us. Thanks so much for writing for us today. It’s an honor and a pleasure to have you!

    1. Yes, Valerie, it is hard to fathom the undeserved grace He gives us. I think we get glimpses and see parts, but we will never see it all until our next life. When I realized that as a mother I was willing to give so much and do so much for my children, I saw a glimpse of how much more God’s love and desire is to do for us.

  2. It’s so easy to respond to our children with sinful anger instead of grace and understanding. It’s not that we never discipline but if we do so in anger, we’ll get it wrong, won’t we? This is a beautiful example, not just of God’s love and relationship with us, but of how you’re allowing His love and grace to shine though you. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Donna. Not disciplining in anger is hard not to do, but so important. I don’t get it right all the time,. It helps me to remember myself as a kid and how I would want to be treated.

  3. Oh, Theresa … the joys of mothering daughters! You were so wise in your response to Ashley, and I love the lessons your relationship with her has taught you about God’s love. This post is timely for me as my older daughter who likes to have everything settled gets ready to go to college in the fall … there are so many things up in the air due to Covid and the stress of that sometimes comes out in not-so-pleasant ways. Responding with grace and understanding is definitely the way to go, even when it’s hard. Wonderful post!

    1. Lois, my heart goes out to you. A daughter growing up and leaving home is not easy. But then there is an opportunity to turn into more equals. Best friends. I hope plans get solidified and your relationship with your daughter only deepens. As parent’s, we have wonderful opportunities to mirror God’s grace to our children. And to ourselves.

  4. The story about your daughter brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. She is such a good girl. We all have “those days”. I am glad to read you decided to finally give her grace (after she apologized and repented). You made a good choice not to respond to anger with anger. Escalating the situation is never a good idea, even though it may be our first instinct.

  5. You have such wisdom here, Laurie. Escalating the situation is often our first instinct, but not a good idea.

    I heard years ago that the most precious thing you have with your children is your relationship with them. We want to do all we can to preserve that relationship. Just like God keeps his relationship with us. Remembering this has helped me.

  6. Oh Theresa! Where were you about decades ago when I was parenting? Thank you for the reminder Who has shown us lavish grace … and the prompt to spread it around to those we encounter.

    Starting with ourselves, our families.


    1. Linda, Parenting is such a growing and learning process. We wish we knew what we know now when we started the journey. And yet God gives us and our children grace and helps bless our lacks.

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