"Yelling at a bud won't make it bloom"
That being said, I still have a LOT of work to do. I really liked what Courtney said on her original post, "Yelling at a bud won't make it bloom". I read that, and think...duh! But isn't that the goal of parenting? To help our kids bloom and blossom into the person that God created them to be? I cannot control or will a flower to bloom or grow by screaming at it anymore than I can my kids. So why would I yell at them and expect different results? I think that might be the definition of insanity, folks.
I really appreciated the video that Courtney shared as well. I tend to be the mom that nags and points outs faults. I don't want to be that mom. I want to speak words of life into my kids. I want them to know what Grace really means, and how in the world can they when I give them such a small margin for error? I want to be more like the Lord and let my kindness lead to repentance. I want them to be convicted by the Holy Spirit, and for that to happen it may mean I have to step back a little and quiet down a lot. They will never hear the Holy Spirit whispering to their hearts if I am screaming at them. Although I have been very encouraged by these realizations, I am only now realizing how little self-control I have in this area. Grow me, Lord!
So, as much as I would like to erase the not-so-great mom moments of last week, that is just not the way life works. I think instead I will settle for a "do better", I will give myself & my kids more Grace and I will pray that we can learn from every success and failure in the future.