I thought it was only fair to get a video of Maddox's perspective on grace. Especially after this happened:This past Sunday I had a TERRIBLE parenting moment and gave myself an F- for the day. During church service Liam has been taking a nap in his room and I told Maddox and the rest of the kids that were coming upstairs not to go in Liam/Maddox's room. Well about 30 minutes later I heard Liam crying and Sofia came and told me that Maddox had gone in there (mistake number 1-listening to the 5 year old sibling without questioning the story further.) I quickly whisked Maddox into my room and started in on my questioning. He kept denying that he had gone into his room but Liam's door was wide open and I knew I had shut it. So I (thought) knew he was lying. In my defense he has lied a couple of times lately to avoid getting into trouble so I assumed that this was the same scenario. Anyway he kept saying he hadn't gone in there. I finally told him that he had one last chance to tell me the truth or he was going to get 2 spankings.
He denied it one last time with lots and lots of tears and after telling him how sad I was that I was going to have to spank him for not telling me the truth, I gave him his spankings. About 10 seconds later I caught a glimpse of my friend Leidy from church holding Liam in his room. I ran in there and asked her if the door was open before she came in and she said "oh no, I just heard Liam crying so I came in to get him."
My heart SUNK! I couldn't believe what I had just done! I RAN back into the room scoop Maddox up and with tears in my eyes told him over and over again how sorry I was and that he HAD told me the truth. With tears still coming down his cheeks he said "I told you mommy that I didn't open the door but it's ok I'll give you grace." I could have just died at that moment. Not only had he been wronged but in that moment I realized he DID somewhat understand the meaning of grace. Thank you Lord that our kids are forgiving and truly do give us grace.