“Michael poured his frosty on his head!” These are the words I heard when we were 2 1/2 hours into a 5 1/2 hour drive. I was alone with my 5 kids trying to get to a wedding. So many thoughts and words crossed my mind at this moment. Many of them were not quiet words. I wanted to yell at him, “What are you thinking?!” Frosty was in his hair, all over his clothes and his car seat.
He looked at me with his big brown eyes and he looked so sad like he had just realized what he had actually done.
Sometimes, in these moments I think, how does God see me when I do stupid things? Does he just want to yell at me, “what are you thinking?!” Every time though, God gives me grace. He is patient with me through all of my failures, all my sin… that doesn’t mean I won’t reap consequences for my sin, but there is always forgiveness if I only ask. God is so loving and so kind he allowed his Son to take my ultimate punishment. Check out our purpose for SurvivingMoms.com.
I did eventually ask Michael, and he said, “I was just trying to be like Stinky and Dirty,” (an Amazon Prime show for kids), and he does have to miss out on frosties for a while.
When he looked at me with his eyes glistening with tears and said, “I’m sorry mommy” my heart melted, my anger faded, and I chose to give grace. I know how much I have been forgiven and my prayer is my children will learn about the ultimate grace from Jesus, in part, because their mama showed them what it looked like.
How can you show your kids grace today?
Make it a great day!