Beautiful Confession

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Last night

I heard confession–
From a child with red eyes welling.
Voice cracking under burden
Of what he knew
That I did not.
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And his disregard, defiance had slapped across my guidance.
The issue was not weighty–
But my fear so deep and heavy
For a child rejecting wisdom.

Anxious was his glance,

Downturned as he waited–
For words and heavy consequences
To quickly flood the room.
But in that quiet moment…
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My heart heard God’s heart

His kindness draws repentance.
His perfect love casts fear out.
His grace abounds unchanging.
His forgiveness is unmerited.
And instead of words unleashing…
My arm wrapped around those shoulders
Of a boy becoming man.
Of a Faith becoming own.
And I thanked God for this Evidence–
Of His light invading darkness.


Proof living, walking, breathing,

Of a heart soft to conviction.
And this mama’s heart saw
answered prayer…
In this–
Beautiful confession.



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  1. Kara, I don’t think I have been able to read a single one of your blogs without tears threatening to flood my face!

  2. Thank you Crystal…for the encouraging words…means a lot to me :)

  3. One thing I love about being a parent is the whole idea of forgiveness and loving kids through the hard stuff.

    Isn’t that what He does? Isn’t that what we need from him, daily, daily, daily?

  4. Exactly Amy.
    Shoulder to shoulder.
    I’ve lied…and disobeyed…and hurt…
    And I’m so thankful for His kindness that leads to repentance.
    For His grace when I don’t deserve it.
    ~Romans 2:4.

  5. What powerful lessons we learn about our Father God as we parent our own children. Thanks for sharing this moment in words which move us.

  6. Some of my favorite memories are a few times when the Holy Spirit really convicted my kids and they sweetly came to ask me for forgiveness. Such an act of obedience and faith . . . and as a mom, brought me such joy.

    How glad I am for the truth you speak of here . . . it is gentleness that God uses to bring me to repentance.

    Your writing style is very powerful.


  7. I must remember to deal with my children and God deals with me — with grace and mercy and love.

    But that fear creeps in. And I do not listen to God’s whisper as often as i should

    Thank you for this humbling reminder.

  8. I can so relate Jen…it’s as if I think my words can transform their hearts. I’ve been convicted lately to spend MUCH more time talking to Him…praying, pleading for them…

  9. Kara, what a beautiful post. I was just “hopping” over from HHH and read your beautiful post that brought me to tears. It brought to mind the following verse: Nehemiah 9:17 NIV
    “…But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love . . . “
    Have a great day! :-)

  10. Loved the pictures and the thoughts on your son. It all fit together so beautifully.
    Blessings to you!

  11. What a brave young man, to give this beautiful confession. And how wise you are to show grace. Thank you for allowing us this precious peek into your heart. You sure look like your Father.

  12. Oh Kara, it is during these moments that I hear His Words so loudly.

    To offer Mercy – His Mercy…they learn so much from this.

    Thank you so much for sharing….

    Mrs. M.

  13. What a beautiful picture this brought to mind. Your son is blessed with a Momma who listens to the whisperings of the heart.


  14. Very beautiful. I found you through Judy’s blog at Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings. God bless!

  15. Kara, this is just beautiful!!
    I have known those moments when the Lord asked me to open my hand and extend His mercy to my sons.
    We all need forgiving grace and matter how old we are.
    Beautifully written, my friend!
    Thank you for linking to LACE today.
    God bless you..Trish

  16. Beautiful post.
    I know this “mothering moment” well.
    Thanks for sharing and for visiting A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings today:)

  17. My heart heard God’s heart

    It takes a heart very near to God’s own heart to hear that whisper. Lovely.

  18. Hi Kara, how powerfully moving your post is because we want our children to come and tell us the truth and as you mentioned, be loving and forgiving. Instead of our immediate, “oh no” response you listened to God’s whispering voice. I’m visiting from NOBH.

  19. Where are the tissues when you need them?! This was beautiful!

  20. What a beautiful post. So glad I stumbled over here from Ann’s blog today. really beautiful, Thank you for this, and many blessings to you and yours.

  21. We need more boys to become men of faith.

  22. Now you guys are making me teary… :)
    How incredible is it though when we catch a glimpse that their Faith is real…genuine…their own?
    So thankful….my deep heart prayer…to know that our children are walking in Truth.

  23. Lovely the way God parents you as you parent your children!

  24. I was there with you because I know how hard it can be to walk that line when times are tender. Thankful with you for his soft heart …

  25. There is so much grace to be found in parenting…but yes, it’s a choice…one I don’t always make with my children, my spouse, my co-workers. So much to learn from Jesus, yes?

    So appreciate you linking up, Kara!

  26. Of a boy becoming man.
    Of a Faith becoming own.

    oh kara… this is where my breath caught. picturing my own son, and hoping i’ll be as grace-full as you, friend… that i’ll wrap him close and let him know the heart of God. beautiful post, sister.

  27. breathtaking, from the pictures, to the well chosen words to the moment His voice was captured and His heart was demonstrated first for your son and then again for us, absolutely breathtaking.

  28. I love the way you showed grace even when discipline was warranted. It is in these moments we should God to our children. Thank you for being faithful.

  29. Sounds like a great moment!

  30. Beautiful Kara … listening to that quiet still voice as we guide our children often leads us down a different parenting path than the one we may take on our own. Mercy instead of punishment, grace instead of harsh consequence.

  31. Beautiful words, BEAUTIFUL photos…

  32. Beautifully written, Kara. Thank you.

    I appreciate your linking up to Domestically Divine. Love hearing from all you gals.

    I’ve been voting for you, friend.


  33. Thank you Jasmine…same for me… for you :)
    Every day!

  34. It is so precious, and such a learning experience for us when we see our children’s growth in the Lord. Thank you for sharing a moment with one of your little ones. What a blessing!

    Thank you for linking up at Women of Noble Character and NOBH.


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