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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Thank you for these words of encouragement. I fled God as a child because I started believing the lie that we are called to be “good” as Christians, partly because I idolized my parents, who struggled to discipline one of my outwardly rebellious but inwardly hurting siblings in love. Of course I soon discovered I couldn’t be “good”, only outwardly so and the feeling of hypocrisy I carried in me pushed me out of the church. I basically accepted I couldn’t live up to what was expected and that God was only for those I believed could live up to these expectations. I genuinely believed I was unreedemable. I lived in fear of God’s wrath every single day.

    God has drawn me back in His Love, showing me that we are all undeserving, that we all fail, but that His Grace is Big enough to cover ALL our shame. I now make it a practice in my home to confess my failings before both God and my husband and children. I want my girls growing into His Love, a Love that is safe and not full of condemnation. Your words are a timely reminder of my need to use gracious words when my kids test boundaries and to keep reminding them that it is safe to confess and be freed from their guilt and shame.

    • Anna,
      What a beautiful legacy you are building in your home by leading by example in confessing your failings. Such acts say, “Condemnation is not welcome here.” Thanks for sharing your heart…it helps mine… xx

      • Thank you for your encouraging words. Your words are always such a balm to my soul. I am so thankful to God for blessing you through what I shared. xx

  2. Thank you for these beautiful words and the reminder. We’ve been trying to get daily one-on-one time with our boys right now, and it has produced such sweet fruit in our relationships, in part because we have had more margin to just be with them and listen.

  3. Sarah Mae,
    For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Why do we think that we are the only ones who sin and fall short? Oh how the enemy does a snow job of shame on us. What a beautiful story/real life example of how we can teach our children that God is a safe place…that He will accept our repentance….and set us free with His grace! Thank you for sharing and for reminding us big children of God’s that He forgives and loves us too! Together we can kick shame to the curb!!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  4. Sarah, this is such a sweet story not just of your unconditional love for your precious baby, but for our Father’s unfathomable love for you both. In that moment, you were a tangible picture of God’s love for her–a love that forgives and embraces (and I daresay cozies up to us as we giggle with gladness over joy for His unbounding love). Thank you so much for writing this–and your lovely book, Longing for Paris. I’m really enjoying it. I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at Allume, and I am excited to see what God is doing through your ministry!
    Blessings,
    Lynn Morrissey

  5. Sarah Mae, what a beautiful story. And I love how you are your daughter’s safe place. Creating a place where she can share without shame is giving her an amazing gift, and beautiful opportunities for relationship. You’ve got me thinking about how I can better do this with our boys. They’re older than your girl, but they still enjoy those cuddle times. I’d best take advantage while they still like me. 🙂 And I’d be be diligent about pointing them to Jesus and reminding them He is their safe place, free from shame too. Thanks for sharing this!