Guilt is a funny thing. Sometimes I feel guilty for very good reasons. If I've neglected to be loving to my husband, if I've been grumpy with the kids, if I say something gossipy...all good reasons to feel guilty. Nobody likes to feel guilty, and it reminds me to change.
Sometimes, however, I've noticed that the enemy can use guilt as a club, or even as a wedge between me and God. Have you ever felt guilty for missing your daily Bible reading and then didn't do it the next day either because of that guilty feeling? I have.
I have to be careful and use discernment about guilt feelings. They don't always come from God. I grew up with the example of my "type A", list making, get things done mom. She was always loving, but was always on the move. I never remember her resting. She was either working at work, or working at home unless she was sick. Even now, in her retirement, she hardly slows down. So, in raising my own family, I tend to feel guilty at the end of the day if I haven't accomplished a lot and don't have everything crossed off my list. Yes, at times I haven't been a very good steward of my day, but often I'm letting a list make me feel inadequate.
Sometimes, raising families and keeping a home are not about crossing things off our list. Don't let those lists and guilt feelings rob you of joy and therefore rob your family of joy (if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!). I want to encourage you as I remind myself. Just for today, let's stop and smell the roses, let the day unfold, love and help our families, beautify our surroundings, and take pleasure in it. Join me, won't you?
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