Saturday, December 19, 2009

Galatians 6:1 Parenting from Becca

If you haven't met Becca, you must go visit her. She has become a very sweet blog sister to me. We seem to have so much in common and her heart is so tender for her children. I am often encouraged by her as a mother and woman.
She recently did a post called Galations 6:1 parenting and it was just what I was needing! I have two little boys who are really testing me right now and most days I feel as if I am somehow failing as their mother. One of these little sons is honestly one of the "biggest" personalities I have ever seen and most days start with battles and do not end until this little guy is asleep. Then on the cute side, every morning he will climb up in my bed before I get up to give me a kiss. He just does everything BIG, including sinning.

Galatians 6:1 "
Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself."

My ESV Bible says "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted."
Verses 2-4 have some wonderful advice also, but I have to stop right now at this verse.

There is a truth here that I have also children's sin does often place a temptation in my heart to also sin. It's not "their"'s just that there is a spiritual warning here to heed. Their sin/transgression is a time where I need to be aware of my own heart, and what I might be tempted I tempted to be impatient, rude, respond in anger? I love that a very important verse is just above this Galatians 6:1 verse...Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

"Father God, please show me my own sins before I respond to my child. Holy Spirit, I ask for your help. Help me to restore my children with gentleness, humility and love. Help me to help them back onto the right path"


  1. Whew, friend, parenting is so not for the faint of heart, is it? A daily dying to self.
    Going to read her post.

    Love you!

  2. Great post Shonni and so helpful. I often fall into sin myself with impatience and some frustration- not okay . This is so insightful and to have it backed by God's word- it is just right on!

    I'm going to head over to the other post too!

    Thank you! I love your heart!

  3. oh wow!!!!!!!!!! i have a daughter very similar to your son!!! and i just read in the tripps' "instructing a child's heart" that same verse this week!!! i need to write that verse on my fridge- because i am NOT gentle in correcting- though God is with me-- thank you for a reminder Shonnie!

  4. Oh, boy...sounds like you and I have sons that were "separated at birth." Challenges from sun-up to sun-down, and I certainly am not holding up my end of the Spiritual Fruits. Thank you for the reminder!

  5. Thank you for sharing! I needed this too! I have a little girl who continues to push the line! Keeping her focused can be very frustrating!
    I will pray for you as you pray for me - my super woman prayer warrior sista'!

  6. Thanks for the reminder - so often I fail in this area.


  7. Great tips and amen to Adeye's comment! Daily choice to die to self and rely 100% on God's grace and power!

    Hugs and much love!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Many blessings,

  9. WOW, thank you for that. As the mother of a "BIG" personality I often find myself in the same boat. Thank you for the prayer and the thoughts. So well said.

  10. Love the blog! Thanks for talking with me the other day. I hope we have many memories and thoughts to share. I would love your email address so I can let you know when we update our blog. I updated today, big news! We travel in about 6 weeks!!! Talk with you soon!
    Patricia Watts

  11. Thanks for posting this Shonni. I have two little souls that seem consumed/bound tightly by their sinful nature. I told my husband last night, I would like to gently lead my children to the cross, not drag them kicking and screaming. Love from Ugandda.

  12. Such an enlightening post... really. thank you for sharing this.

  13. It's strange how patient I can be other people's kids, but totally lose it with mine over something pretty insignificant. Thanks for the encouragement to be more gentle. I need that! I have to constantly remind myself that the goal is a changed heart, not modified behavior, and only God can change a heart.

  14. thank you for the encouragement. My oldest child is like that...she has such a big personality and makes everything big in life. She amazes me everyday but tests me constantly. God's grace is sufficient for you and me!!! Praise Jesus and thank you Lord for these wonderful ones.


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