Not Perfect, but Pure

This morning, as I walked down the hall carrying our youngest from our bed to the breakfast table, I heard him chatting with hubby. He said, “Dad, I need you to listen to this…”, and he began to read.

“…be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Then he paused and said, “Dad, I think I have really messed that up.”

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

I quietly chuckled, but then said, “Me too, son -me to.”

Hubby went on to read “The Beatitudes” with him and explain that as each measure is added  and we surrender to Christ, His perfection is made evident through us. Just then, my daughter’s brain woke up. From her chair, curled up in a ball and wrapped in a sweater, she whispered, “A. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Hubby asked her to repeat it louder…it was the verse she had learned in school which was associated with the letter “A” in the alphabet.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

On a day when my head is swimming and I feel like I am drowning in illness, defeat, confusion and frustration, I needed that exchange.


Not perfect, but pure.

I am thankful for the days when my kids “get it”…even when I don’t.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I am waiting on that strength today.


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