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Blatant Disobedience

08/17/2012 - Author: Jennifer - 9 Comments

When I became a mother, my eyes were opened to one of my shortcomings–disobedience.
My son is now 2 years old, but he got an early start on testing his limits. I kept asking the question–why is he blatantly disobeying?  I had a light bulb moment and the question came to me–why do I blatantly disobey? I know right from wrong. I know that snapping at my husband or losing my temper is wrong, but I do it anyway.  I know that I should help others where I can, but I use my time and my money for myself. Why? Here is my list of excuses:
  • Stress–when life gets piled up and feels out of control, it feels overwhelming. I hate when I have no control over situations and I get short-tempered.
  • Mad that I don’t get my way–a.k.a pouting. Pouting usually leads to me doing things my way, or trying to. All I end up with is a bigger mess to and needing forgiveness.
  • Frustrated at situation–I blame God when I don’t like something. He can control it to make it easier, but doesn’t. I take it out on my husband instead of waiting to see what God has in store.
Whatever the excuse, it never helps. It takes me further from God which leads to loneliness.
Good news–I am not alone! According to Paul in Romans 7:14-25, he struggled with purposely sinning. Paul then goes on to talk about being freed from sin’s power by The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2).
As I am trying to teach my son to obey, God is teaching me. 
I would love to hear how you combat blatant disobedience in your life.

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Discussion (9 Comments)

  1. Good stuff, Friend!! God is always teaching me through my own children. 🙂 PS: Thank you for the book recommendation on your sidebar!

  2. Thank you Rachel and not a problem! be blessed:)

  3. great job Jen. So glad for God's grace,mercy,forgiveness, and Love, And pray that I may extend the same to others.

  4. Thanks for this…I feel like I could have written it so it was encouraging to know I am not alone. May God keep teaching us as we try to teach our children. Thank God for his unending patience and I pray he gives us some of that too 🙂

  5. I can’t tell you how many times I have been in the middle of disciplining one of my children only to to have God bring on that heavy realization that I should probably be disciplining myself as well 😉 We learn SO MUCH about ourselves when we become mothers! Thankful for His reminders!

    • I am also thankful for his reminders. Thank you for stopping by and be blessed:)

  6. You too, huh? I’m learning I need to dye to self every day…I need to wake up in the morning and choose who I’m living this day for. Some days I pick right and choose Him…other days my human nature kicks in hard and I kick and scream my way through…

    praying those days come further and further between the more practice I get ; )

    Love and hugs to you, friend! I’ve missed you!
    May you feel His wonder this season, Jen!

    • Thank you for stopping by. It is a daily struggle for me. Thankful for that His mercies are new EVERY morning. Be blessed:)

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