A tired mom looks to Him to power through

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“He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

The devil takes joy in starting sin, and pushing repeat. Jesus came to destroy this pattern.


John provides poignant contrasts in these few verses: sin and lawlessness versus Jesus who was sin free, yet chose to personalize, embody, take on that lawlessness to reunite us with God. Sin separates and divides, but to know Jesus is to be changed and to be positively unified. Jesus so intimately surrendered to the ultimate separation between him and his Father so that we may have a chance – this is mind boggling. To understand that he went one from one extreme to the other – a man of no sin to a man full of sin, to a man who took away and continues to take away our sins, is to look at life differently. We should look amongst our fellowships, dig in to our relationships and see change and celebrate it fervently.

{Meditations on 1 John 3:4-6}

“No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
1 John 3:6

Living in God produces a changed life – one lived out with a continual, practical, respect of God’s will. Continuing in a lifestyle separate from God’s will is a sign of someone who does not truly know God.

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
1 John 3:4

Sin separates, breaks away from, and keeps God’s righteousness out of the equation.

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words; but the prudent hold their tongues.”
Proverbs 10:19

If exhaustion is like a close friend that continually lingers, (I phrase it like that to give it a postive spin,) then crankiness is the weird uncle that you’re not sure what to do with. When I am overtired, I am a lot more prone to use empty, useless words out of frustration. If I’m not careful, my multiplying words can do very little to actually help anybody. I may as well be talking into the wind, but lets be honest, even the wind doesn’t want to hear me!

Some people pull off incredible feats on a fraction of the sleep I get. That just isn’t me. That’s why, as we prepare our household for a new school year routine, there are a couple of intentional, pro-active steps I am pushing. It’s not just the kids that are getting a stricter bed time schedule. This exciting, back to school year season, truly one of the best things I can do for myself? For the first time ever, this mom’s getting a bed time. Lights out = prudent = holding the tongue. Hush, Mom, go to bed.

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2:2

On Calvary – and – presently, right now, Jesus has made and is making amends – for us – and for those around us. Jesus doesn’t just dabble in the business of atoning for our sins, his love and blood cover all of the whole world.