Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Parents need forgiveness, too

I was just reading this post on one of my favorite blogs, Fly Through Our Window. It's by a mother of 3 children under the age of 5. She's a wonderful Christian woman, full of humor and wisdom and creativity and love for her family.

If you've ever snapped at your kids and then felt that burden on your heart, read this post.

Here's a snippet from the end of the post...

From The Valley of Vision {a collection of Puritan prayers} on The Family {pg 113– if you, or in my case, your husband has it on your bookshelf}…

O God, I cannot endure to see the destruction of my kindred.
Let those that are united to me in tender ties be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion, instruction, discipline, example, that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of thy planting for thy glory;
Let not those of my family who are amiable, moral, attractive, fall short of heaven at last;
Grant that the promising appearances of a tender conscience, soft heart, the alarms and delights of they Word,
be not finally blotted out,
but bring forth judgment unto victory in all whom I love.