I’d had a tough day. I was frustrated, tired, and stressed out (and had been most of the day). And I didn’t have much patience for the kids.
As I was getting the kids ready for bed, Button wasn’t listening – nothing particularly bad, just frustrating. And normally I wouldn’t have been upset by it. But because of where I already was, her disobedience really got to me, and I became INCENSED! So, I’m not real proud of what happened next, but suffice it to say that I apologized to her, calmed down, and we went on with the bedtime routine.
At the end of it all, we said our prayers. First Siah, then Button, then me. And when I ended, Button looked at me and said, “Aren’t you forgetting something, Mama.”
“What?” I asked.
“Don’t you think you need to ask Jesus for forgiveness for the way you treated me? You weren’t very patient or kind with me.”
“Yes, I do, Button. I was going to do that later.”
“I think you should do it now. Now’s a good time.”
Well, I couldn’t argue that! “All right, Button-” And I prayed again, this time asking Jesus for forgiveness for my impatience and unkindness.