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Not Blinded by Sin

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-young-woman-portrait-image10073637June 28, 2013 [Your Letters] It’s so important to remember that we are all sinners and cannot be good in our own strength. Without that remembrance we forget we need a Savior. Julianna wrote me today how she is coming to understand the joy of the Gospel in this way. – Karen
Dear Karen, Yesterday I had a conversation with my husband, where I confessed to him an ungodly thought that has been in my mind for a long time, regarding his family. He got upset and I did too. I wanted to write you for advice, but you’ve already given so much, that I thought maybe it was time to just wait on God to see what would happen. Later during the morning the Holy Spirit graciously showed me my sin. Yesterday, I didn’t want to confess, I just wanted to control the situation and look godly. Today, I wrote my husband to ask his forgiveness, confessing my sin, and saying I will honor his decision on the matter and asking him to pray for me so God will help me do His will. Instantly I felt freedom and joy 🙂
 
 I have been remembering that bit in your book (God Empowered Wife) when you say something like you discovered your sin nature and it was like moving from the city to the countryside to a very powerful telescope and watching the stars on the sky. When I read it, it didn’t make sense to me. I thought, “Oh, Karen is VERY sinful!” LOL.  But that is where I think I am right now. Like yesterday when my husband got mad I thought, “OH! He is judging me! Sin, sin, sin (his)!!!!!!!!  And then this morning I could see how I was trying to control the situation, to be good on my own, to be the god of his family and so on.
The best part is to accept I can’t be good and God does not expect me to do it on my own, just to really desire that He will do his will on me, just to be connected to him so I can give fruit. Thank you for all you have taught me. God is so good Karen, His love really surpasses my understanding.
Julianna

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