Seasons of Signifigant Character Training

November 18, 2013

Please tell me you’ve been here – at this point where every single task during the day has to be a teachable moment. We are unable to fold laundry (or do any chore), empty the dishwasher, do school work, clean up legos, or eat a meal without a correction of attitude and/or behavior.

 Walk away

Over the past couple of months, our family seems to be plagued with bad attitudes, rebellion, anger, selfishness and more. I guess you could say that we are in a hard season – searching for our new normal with baby, middle schooler and everyone in between.  This is not reserved for one family member or another.  We all have our weaknesses when it comes to living out Godly character.  We are all sinners, right?  We live in a broken world.  Repeated corrections and gentle reminders eventually turn into angry outburst, tears, and intense frustration.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. – Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV

The part that grieves me the most is my own sin.  When I see my children misbehave, I am reminded of my misbehavior.  I tell you, it’s like looking in a mirror.  Then the guilt train starts to pull out of the station – full speed ahead.  Rather than wallowing in my sin, I must confess it and move on, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my heart and change me.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1John 1:9 ESV

This task of Godly character training is never ending.  I need not give up hope, however, for God promises to complete this task He has set before me.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6 ESV

Homeschooling and motherhood are the hardest tasks I have ever been given, but they are the most rewarding.  While there are seasons of delight and immense success, there are also seasons of frustration and what feels like futility.  During all of these seasons, we must stay focused on the will of God and what He has called us to do.  The hard seasons are also for learning…for developing deeper roots in these Godly character traits toward which we are working. This sinner – that would be me – is thankful beyond measure for that the gift of grace, Christ’s death on the cross, which covers my sin.  I am trying to teach my children the same.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 ESV

May the Lord richly bless you as you follow His will.


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  • Jenni Mullinix

    I totally agree that motherhood is one of the most challenging tasks God has given me! We are dealing with the “terrible twos” tantrums right now. So thankful we can go to God for wisdom and grace during these teachable moments! 🙂

    November 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Bekki

    Yes, I have absolutely been there. 12 years old has been a tough age for my boys so far. We have 5 boys, and all of the oldest 3 struggled around this time. While we know it was triggered by hormones, the heart issues were crystal clear and exhausting. There were days we couldn’t get past the first issue of the day. The good news is that Jesus is so amazing. He meets us every step of the way!

    Homeschooling is hard, but when we are also training up the next generation of godly men and women we have to be on guard.

    I loved this post:). Praying for your family right now…

    November 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Thank you, Bekki! I will be praying for your family, too.

      November 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm Reply
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    November 25, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

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      November 25, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Katelyn

    I totally get the looking in a mirror thing – My kids are young, but I cannot tell you how much of their bad behavior and attitude is because I have shown a bad attitude! We ARE all sinners. Parenting is for sure a tough job, but I like to remind myself that every parenting stage is temporary… the hard stuff doesn’t last forever, it just changes into a new hard phase! lol

    November 25, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Katelyn

    Oh, and I found you at the A Mama’s Moment! I was featured this week too! Yeah for us! 🙂

    November 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm Reply
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