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Kathryn is a recovering perfectionist, married nearly 12 years to her high school crush. She pretends to be a photographer, blogger and homemaker, but secretly wanted to win American Idol. When she's not singing in the shower or reading C.S. Lewis, she writes what's on her heart — which usually...

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  1. It’s interesting to read this, because I just tried to encourage a friend how “God’s mercies are new every morning” and how we need to be reminded how we need God to renew our minds, be forgiving, and also give that mercy. It was not quite with children . . . but a great reminder even with our children. Thanks for sharing. Something God must be poking me for! 🙂

  2. My husband and I are in a small church group also ( I also lead…another similarity!) It really is a wonderful place to be on Mondays night. We truly have a become a family.
    Thank you for sharing these thoughts on grace. As the mom of 3 teens is something I need to to remember to show…in abundence! 🙂 I agree with you about discipline, yet I know that mercy can be so powerful and loving. A great gift for them to experience and a wonderful way for them to begin to understand God’s mercy which is even greater!!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I love this post! It’s so hard, getting lost in the day to day little things, that we lose sight of what our purpose is – to prepare them to be God’s children on their own.
    Thank you for the reminder!

  4. Great post, Kathryn. Why is it easier to get bogged down in teaching them “to straighten up and fly right” rather than remember mercy? Thank you for reminding me to live it and show it to my babes.

  5. This is very good, Kathryn!
    Definitely something the Lord has been teaching me as well. We’ve been seeking opportunities with our kids to display God’s mercy and grace. Such as…. right before a consequence “should” be carried out (normally would be carried out). We stop (mid tears and all), soften and say- Today You get Grace! This is often followed by… “What? Why?” With hearts fully open to receive- we tell our girls about God’s mercy and grace for all of us. “And TODAY- you get some- no consequene!” It has been really amazing to watch them learn and receive something “they don’t deserve” and then pour it out onto others.

    Well done, friend!!

  6. I haven’t read it yet, but am planning too, but the book Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick touches a lot on mercy and grace as our Heavenly Father shows us. I taught my daughter the other day about Grace and Mercy while she was deserving of discipline, instead I gave her mercy. Then I showed her grace by not only not giving her discipline, but giving her a cookie instead. What a picture of what God has done for us in Christ, sparing us eternity in hell (which would totally be enough) but then gracing us with eternity in heaven with Him!