Moms – It’s Never Too Late

Hello There, Girlfriends!

Once again, my blog is coming to you in video form! I plan to return to writing my blog posts this Fall, but I have heard from many of you that you are enjoying ‘listening’. I get that.

Some of us are auditory learners and some of us like to listen as we multi-task. I almost always have a podcast or video message playing when I am cleaning the house or cooking dinner. When we listen, we can hear the person’s message with their own inflections and emphasis. This is valuable – and I believe it connects us in ways that a written blog cannot.

However, I love to read and maybe you do too! I tend to share and savor written blogs more and keep them in my ‘saved folder’ to return to time and again.

So, what am I saying? I’m going to alternate between the two and today I’m doing BOTH!  Thanks for the feedback and encouragement – it is always appreciated.

My message today comes to you from a very tender place. It is about the regret we can experience when remembering the times we ‘missed it’ as parents. I hope you will receive it with self – compassion and with the understanding that it is never, ever too late for a clean slate and a fresh start.

We do not have to live our lives in regret. We do not have to live our lives looking back and wishing for a do-over. In fact, we do not have to wish for it at all – it’s ours for the asking.

Socrates’ claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living. His belief was that only in examining our life will we know and understand ourselves – and in understanding ourselves, we find life’s meaning.

Well, in the Christian view, an unexamined life is a life of denial. It’s a life with a limited view of God and it limits us in ways that keep us stuck.

When we dare to look back and see truth, we experience God’s grace and love – His forgiveness and mercy. He removes the sting of regret and replaces it with a clean slate.

Everything that we have – right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start – comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus Christ alone gives our life meaning. The more we allow Him to have access to our lives, the more meaningful life becomes. We can trust Him go with us to look back, see the truth and then do what we need to do to move on in health and wholeness. And in many of these cases, we will have to ask for forgiveness from Him and from our loved ones as well.

  • We will ask for forgiveness without excuses
  • We will ask for forgiveness even if the injury was unintentional
  • We will ask for forgiveness even if many years have gone by and we hope the other person has forgotten
  • We will ask for forgiveness because that’s what growing believers in Christ do – and we work to improve upon our readiness to do it until God takes us home

I say this comes from a place of tenderness, because what I share with you in the message is part of my story. I know so very well how God honors obedience.

Maybe you are due an apology and some understanding from someone who hurt you. Think of the gift it would have been if they had simply acknowledged your hurt and asked for forgiveness. It would mean so very much to you, wouldn’t it?

Well, with that in mind, why would we ever hesitate to give this gift to our children?

I am on this journey with you my friends, and as far as I can see, all roads lead to God’s grace. Let’s keep going!

Many Blessings,

 

10 Comments

  1. Robin on August 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I love your words, “The more we allow Him to have access to our lives, the more meaningful life becomes. We can trust Him to go with us to look back, see the truth and then do what we need to do to move on in health and wholeness.” I am in a season of growth. It is amazing to see God at work as I open my life to Him and pray for an intentional life!

    • LauraAdmin on August 21, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Robin: Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Love those growing seasons! Many Blessings!

  2. Jenni on August 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Laura,

    Blessed by your humility. The words, “I’m sorry, or I was wrong or Please forgive me” so often fail to be said. Often it’s not just “a season of life” we are experiencing or even a lack of maturity but pride. Pride does indeed go before the fall. How many times have we asked our gracious Heavenly Father for forgiveness yet failed to seek it from those we’ve offended? We should not expect what we are unwilling to give.
    As always, your words are timely and encouraging. Prayers for you as you return to school this Fall.

    Peace,
    Jenni

    • LauraAdmin on August 21, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Jenni: You are so right. Almost always, it is pride that keeps us from asking for forgiveness. There’s more than a few reasons why Jesus warns us to examine ourselves! Thanks for the kind words. ❤️❤️

  3. Julie on August 22, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for your words today … as much as I am pained to admit , I needed to hear them. I have gone to my grown daughter before to ask for forgiveness , but have a really hard time not living in that place of shame and regret. Lord, help me to forgive myself and experience your full forgiveness and grace , as well as that of my daughter’s. Help me not to live in denial when I continue to make mistakes , and to humble myself to ask for forgiveness and have the hard conversations that are so important.

    • LauraAdmin on August 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Julie: I am touched by your words and truly will pray for you and your daughter. Shame is not from God and I will pray that you will be able to lay it down. Easier said than done – I know it all too well. There are no perfect moms, but we reflect the One who is perfect when we own up to our sins, ask for forgivenss and give it away to others. You have already been forgiven, my friend. xoxo

  4. Lorene on August 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    EXCELLENT!!! I have had one of my parents do this with all of us kids and it was HUGE in mending fragile relationships.

    • LauraAdmin on August 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Lorene: You must have some pretty humble and introspective parents. What a blessing to you and your siblings! xo

  5. Lori Schumaker on August 27, 2017 at 1:43 am

    All the roads lead back to grace … I love this, Laura! You are so right. It is never too late. Thank you for such a hope-filled message and for sharing it with us at #MomentsofHope! You are a blessing! (I am sharing this on Facebook!)
    Lori

    • LauraAdmin on August 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Lori – Your words mean a great deal to me – thank you so much for sharing the blog on your facebook page! I hope it will resonate with the moms who follow your ministry. Many blessings and thanks again. xoxo

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