There is freedom in forgiveness.Today did not start out well in my house. It started at 4am with the little man waking up and refusing to go back to sleep. As the very long morning progressed, I continued to grow short and irritable. I was not what one would classify as a 'good parent', nor would I have won any parenting awards this morning. I was not patient. I was not kind. And I was not very tolerant of the kids.
Once Jameson went down for a nap, Analise and I were outside playing. My heart was heavy and I was burdened. I looked at her and the following conversation took place:
Me: "Analise. I need to talk to you."
A: "Yeah mom?"
Me: "I need to ask for your forgiveness."
A: "For what mom?"
Me: "I was short with you today. I have not been kind, and I am sorry. Will you forgive me?"
A: "Of course mom! I forgive you. Will you forgive me?"
Me: "Thank you for forgiving me. What do I need to forgive you for?"
A: "For not listening well, not being obedient, and not being kind to you."
Me: "Yes Analise. I forgive you. Thank you for asking. I love you."
A: "I love you too mom." and she proceeds to come over and hug me and says, "We're best friends."
There is true freedom in forgiveness and I am so thankful for the reminder of that today. Thanks Lisi Loo!