Put off and Put On

A while back I wrote about our work as moms here and here, how we often come to the end of the day feeling discouraged, beating ourselves up about what we didn’t get done, or about our bad attitudes toward our children that day. I’ve been encouraged to keep my eyes on the Lord, trusting in Him for approval, being hopeful in His grace. I hope that encourages you too.

As I’ve been thinking about this more, there are always follow up thoughts. First of all, at the end of the day when I’m drawing comfort from the Lord and looking forward to a new day to start fresh, it’s also appropriate for me to think about what things I can actually change and do better–I need to make sure I’m not looking to God’s grace as an excuse for not trusting the sanctification process (conviction of sin, repentance, and change). Our life of faith is such a process of growth, or it should be. And while my heart truly needs to be encouraged by God’s grace, I still can’t sit back and just be lazy with change in my life.

What I’m trying to say is this…
~ When I’m feeling guilty about not being kind and gracious to my kids today, take comfort from the Lord, and then confess my lack of self control over my tongue, remind myself about what God says about the words of my mouth, and commit do doing the hard work of leashing my words.
~ When I’m feeling bad that I can’t get everything done in my household, and I’m feeling the burden everytime I walk into my laundry room or garage, take comfort in the Lord, but make a plan and commit to being a worker in my home. I need to figure out how I can fit in some moments to make order. Sometimes I “claim” to not have enough time, but sometimes it’s just a matter of laziness that makes me not keep up with those details.
~ if I’m feeling guilty for not cooking my kids healthy breakfasts or lunches, then maybe I should look for some good healthy ideas, make a list, and commit to doing at least one or two of them a week.

Sometimes we make excuses for our behavior, bad attitudes, laziness as moms, and then rest in God’s grace to cover it. Preach the gospel to yourself, yes; trust in God as the completer of the work of my heart; but ultimately, this life of faith calls for diligence and effort–putting to death my old habits and ways, replacing them with good things.

Ephesians 4:22-23, “…put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

A great article with regards to this topic can also be found here at the girltalk website…

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