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How Gentleness & Greatness Go Hand-in-Hand


He was 2 1/2 and I spanked him. I spanked him over and over and over again, because I thought I was doing the right thing, the godly thing. I needed him to obey, there was no other option.

I was tired and overwhelmed, and I just wanted compliance. I wanted him to honor me by obeying me; I wanted be biblical in the training of my child. I wanted to raise an obedient child so that one day he would be great; godly.

But my son, with the bright blue eyes, he was sad. Very, very sad.

Read the whole over at (in)courage.

Need help navigating the waters of discipline? This post might help: Struggling with Disciplining Your Your Children? Resources.

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  • Kami

    The link doesn’t work?

  • Jacquelyn moses

    Parenting is such a process isn’t it? The one verse that came to mind as I read your article is “The kindness of the Lord brings you to repentance” Romans 2:4 Great post!

  • Becca

    Sarah,
    I read this story in Desperate. Then I heard you tell it this weekend in Dallas. I’ve done that! With my oldest I read somewhere about 1st time obedience and bought in to the thought that you spank your child for everything. She is now 5 and I have 2 younger and 1 on the way. The tears stream as I’m writing this. I felt horrible then and still feel horrible now because I wonder if her lack of confidence (in pretty much everything) has something to do with my lack of wisdom at the time that I was doing this. I’ve tried to make up for it in so many ways. I thank our God for His grace, and I pray that He captures her heart early before society gets to her head.
    Thank you for sharing such difficult times in your life so other moms could be encouraged. I was! And totally wish we were neighbors.
    And…I would’ve commented at (in)courage but reading some of the other comments was making me think things that were not noble or lovely or excellent. So, I commented here;)

  • Renee

    I read the story in your “desperate” book and I can relate, thank you for being a source of inspiration to us all.

  • Margaret Feinberg

    Sarah Mae, what a handsome young man!

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