Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"we encourage" - Recognizing Sin

Happy Tuesday friends! Sorry "we encourage wasn't up last week. Let's be honest...nothing was posted last week. I had one of those weeks where I rarely knew what day it was and it was over before I knew it.






I had a very eye openig conversation with J this weekend. I was truly amazed by her ability to look at her own heart issue and articulate it.
Over the weekend J had two girlfriends spend the night. Can I just tell you that it did make me wish just for a minute that I was 7 again. It was so fun watching them spend time together.


Here they are in the completely awesome fort Hubby made.
At one point during the weekend the girls were making bracelets. There were lots of fun things to decorate the bracelets with. Stickers, rinestones, etc.
During the bracelet extravaganza one of J's friends came out to tell me she was trying to cheer J up.
Here is what I'm thinking, "What? Cheer her up? She has her two best frinds over and she is making jewelry. What could possibly be wrong?"

So I brought her out to have a talk.

I could hardly believe the wisdom in this little girl.

What I thought she was trying to say was that one of her friends had gotten a sticker she wanted to use and it was making her sad. So of course I instantly launched into my mom talk.

You know the one.

The one where I tell her there are plenty of stickers and I understand that she is disappointed but she should put her guests above herself and just enjoy their time together.

This is the moment in time when my 7 year old daughter taught me a lesson...

"Mom, I'm not sad about the stickers. I'm glad my friends got them. I'm sad because I know I shouldn't care that they got the stickers first. I was being envious and I don't want to be. It makes me sad I was feeling that way."

I'm sorry, can you repeat that?!

My daughter recognized she was being envious.

She recognized it, knew it was wrong and it upset her. What an amazing moment. I'm so grateful for the conversation that followed. We were able to discuss sin, the fact that everyone sins and how we are called to deal with it.
As I later thought about our conversation together it struck me that I know many adults who can't or choose not to recognize their own sin. Myself included.

How many of us ignore our sin?
Minimize our sin?
Rationalize our sin?
Repeat our sins over and over again?
Hide our sin?

My daughter brought something into the light for me.

I want to encourage all of us to recognize our sin, confess it, ask forgiveness for it and do better.





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23 comments:

girl willow said...

Wow! I love how much we can learn from our little ones and their pure hearts. My four year old blesses me often with his honest questions about God and heaven and Jesus.... Big blessings in those little ones :)

Katie said...

that is amazing. your daughter is so sweet and wise. praise God for her parents who are teaching her those things too. : )

Jessie Lowe said...

that is so awesome. that is such a heart check - if a your little girl can do that... then we mamas should start working on it too. Keep up the good work! She is amazing. Praise God!

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

Nothing like when our kids speak truth and wisdom. Love this post Jami. Such a great reminder.

Kara @ Just1Step said...

Wow that is so awesome. And says something about how you have been teaching her the ways of the Lord!

Cheryl said...

Wow - that is really awesome. Praise God that the Holy Spirit is working in her little heart!

theolivetree said...

Love this! She must have one great mama raising her ;)

Heather said...

beautiful. kudo's to raising an amazing daughter! :)

Lora said...

that's so amazing! i love it how God teaches us things through our children, don't you?! :) lora

Karrie said...

Beautiful moment and thank you for sharing!

EverythingIam-blogspot.blogspot.com said...

Amazing!

EverythingIam-blogspot.blogspot.com said...

Amazing!

Lori said...

Jami, what a good Mama you are! Those things don't happen by accident...you and Bill have instilled these beliefs into her little life, day in...day out! That's a hug from God right there.

Erin Ledbetter said...

From the mouth of babes....what we can learn from children...such pure and honest assessments! Thanks so much for hosting.

Meredith said...

Impressive J...and impressive mama for raising her up so well.

lindsay said...

Thanks for that reminder. It's so easy to rationalize sin.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

whoa that's an awesome story. i love it. it's so true...it is rare to find a grown up who is aware of their own sin AND willing to admit it in humility. in a child, we can see how it should work...no baggage, no inappropriate guilt, just pure conviction and then moving on. thanks for sharing. (and i have a feeling her wisdom is at least partly your doing!)

Erica said...

Hi I'm new here and I just want to say I LOVE this! These are the moments we have as mom's that make all the other tedious, tiring, and repetitive moments of being a mom let us know that we actually ARE doing good! Good for you! This is one for us mom :)

stephanie said...

this is amazing friend! looks like her parents are raising her well : )

Erin said...

this is precious! you are such a sweet parent! :)

Erin said...

this is precious! you are such a sweet parent! :)

Andee Eve@ bearing fruit said...

So amazing Jami! Wow. I just learned so mucho rom your
Iittle one. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Blessings &love,
xoxo
Andee

melissa said...

Wrote about something similar yesterday but with my three year old son. He truly has set eternity in our hearts:)))