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

Whisper…
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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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14903194964824890029 At your service:

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Thank you Crystal…for the encouraging words…means a lot to me :)
    Love,
    K

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03571083038560430815 Amy Sullivan

    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?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Exactly Amy.
    Absolutely.
    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03901952910404523187 Tracey

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10413897395818998532 GLENDA CHILDERS

    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.

    fondly,
    Glenda

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14701362919026534336 Jen

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    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…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12584089495171423348 Lisa

    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! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18107717294803352571 LeAnn

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08263995875732832349 Laura

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10424414321525838119 Mrs. M.

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14577919062812348914 Pamela

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

    Blessings,
    Pamela

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05060453690112911137 Colleen

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07502174233868442174 Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage

    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 mercy..no matter how old we are.
    Beautifully written, my friend!
    Thank you for linking to LACE today.
    God bless you..Trish

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08075072259006322851 Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16554653800961247808 happygirl

    My heart heard God’s heart
    Whisper…

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11512311149461187879 noreen

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05862489547281407560 Rambling Heather

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05593825567437102334 Kris

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07506492407482879487 Old Ollie

    We need more boys to become men of faith.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06462001159262770932 tinuviel

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01547380098561803645 lori

    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 …

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00359712465784943599 Michelle DeRusha@Graceful

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09989213786947802537 emily wierenga

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18297146716502529100 Joybird

    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.

  • http://homekettle.wordpress.com David N.

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04067985926119731747 Kati patrianoceu

    Sounds like a great moment!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03233699754317590360 Heart n Soul

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08960175760263515363 Brandee Shafer

    Beautiful words, BEAUTIFUL photos…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05090466984173332753 Far Above Rubies

    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.

    Jasmine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15972430229339449257 Lynda

    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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