Friday, April 20, 2018

Sometimes I Yell At My Kids When I Blog

I'm not proud of it. In fact I'm quite ashamed of it. My mind will be 100% focused on writing a blogpost, building my Pinterest page or watching a webinar about blogging. Then my toddler is whining for something he doesn't need and my baby is crying for attention. I get frustrated at my children for distracting me from work.

God is generally pretty quick to remind me that my children are a major reason why I work, and if anything is a distraction, it's my work distracting me from my kids. So I'm convicted.

But I think the enemy tries to use this conviction to make me think the my work is worthless. Well I got angry at my kid while I was writing that blogpost, so now it would be totally hypocritical of me to publish that post. Gotta throw it all out and wait until the timing is perfect before I write it again.

First - the timing is NEVER going to be perfect. Life is always
messy and filled with multitasking (yes, I know many studies show that multitasking is not efficient, but I argue that as a parent, I can either multitask or I cease to function properly).

Second - just because I yelled at my kid doesn't mean my work is worthless... It just means I need to apologize to my kid! It probably also means I should stop what I'm doing, own up to my failure and apologize to him, and right my wrong by giving him my full attention in that moment.

Satan is always feeding us lies in attempt to tear down our kingdom work. I believe he strategically attacks Christians who pose real threats to his primary goal - stopping the spread of the Gospel. He will go to great lengths to tell us that we are too messed up to make any kind of impact. He tells us that our sinfulness will turn people away from Jesus, so we shouldn't even both trying at all.

But Scripture tells us that by admitting to our sins, we take Satan's power away and have the opportunity to testify of God's grace!

Ephesians 5:11-13 
11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”

1 John 1:7-10

7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Whatever your assignment from God is, don't let Satan deter you with his lies. God never says we have to be perfect in order to be ambassadors. In fact, by owning up to our failures, we can make an even bigger impact on people's lives because we admit we are not morally superior or above them in any way. We are all in desperate need of Jesus's righteousness because we are all desperately lacking it.

One resource that has been instrumental in helping me to identify Satan's lies is the Armor of God Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. I highly recommend anybody to go through this study, even if you don't have access to the videos. I didn't, and I still got a lot of spiritual growth and value out of going through it.

What lies have impeded your kingdom work and how have you been able to overcome them?


  1. It's so true ...the devil want us too and to fight with him is for sure not easy. And it's very good that God guide us if we let him do. His timing we need to respect.

  2. Satan definitely does everything he can to keep us from impacting the world for Christ. Sometimes he uses my busy schedule to keep me from kingdom work and to keep me from puttting God first in my life.

  3. Satan does everything he can to keep us from kingdom work. He uses my busy schedule to keep me from impacting the world for Christ and to keep me away from God who is my true source of strength.