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When You're Broken

Yโ€™all. I snapped at kids before dinner last night. There were many factors including too much screen time, miscommunication, unmet expectations, and the natural wild noisy chaos of having children.

๐ŸŒฟBut NONE of those aspects stripped me of that which Jesus has created me for. None of those stole my salvation, or even my sanctification. Absolutely none of those aspects had any bearing on my worth and value, or my ultimate purpose to glorify God.

๐ŸŒฟAnd yet I allowed momentary inconveniences to overshadow my eternal calling.

๐ŸŒฟIโ€™m no longer #OnlyHuman. I have been infused by the Holy Spirit, covered in the power of Christ, and I have the absolute promise that God is faithful, and will not let me be tempted beyond my ability, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape. (1Cor 10:13).

๐ŸŒฟBut ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  โ€œ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ,โ€ pushed aside the ever-ready offer of heavenly peace, and caused the image bearers of Godโ€”whom He has commissioned me to safeguardโ€”to be wounded by my frustrated words, rather than for them to see Jesus in me.

๐ŸŒฟYes, all mothers get frustrated. All children can be annoying at times. People get tired and respond irrationally. I understand that. Yet if I use those aspects of humanity as excuses for why my old self suffocated my reflection of Christ, I have in effect crucified Jesus all over again for that which He already paid.

๐ŸŒฟ๐’๐จ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž? ๐“๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ. ๐€๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ. Not for forgiveness, as my sins were paid for long ago. But to confess, expressing sorrow over my sin, with my heartโ€™s prayer agreeing with God about who I am, who He is, and who He has called me to be.

๐ŸŒฟAnd then to the little ones I sinned against. To reflect Jesus to them in the way I pursue unity, and peace with humility.

๐ŸŒฟAnd then I go to my circumstances and make some changes. I must re-order my day to negate similar contexts in which it is so easy to fall into this sin again. I must communicate clearly the areas in which I need assistance. And I must pray all the more fiercely for the preemptive grace to see a the route of escape alongside the coming temptation, and humility to take the righteous path.

๐ŸŒฟAnd right now that looks like a mommy timeout, and extra kisses at bedtime.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ž๐Š ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง, ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž.

๐ŸŒฟAnd so, my friends, I wish to share my brokenness with you, in hopes that it would lead you to know God more, as that is what His sovereignty has done for me.โค๏ธ

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