Little Bitty Sins

She avoided eye contact and burst into tears at the slightest reprimand. Eleven years young and navigating the middle-school minefield, her emotions were on edge—but the recent behavior was unusual for my easy-going daughter.

Attempts to question or console were rebuffed. So I waited. And prayed.

Several evenings later she approached, fingers clenched and tears pooling. “Mama?”

In minutes, my daughter spilled her heart and confessed something she had done wrong months ago. Surprised, I asked her to repeat the confession. Sure enough, she was distraught over a misdeed from the previous school semester.

I must be honest. In my heart, I smiled a little.

How precious is this? She’s so sensitive, she feels bad about this little bitty…


And that’s when mama came under conviction. Was I thinking my daughter’s sin was “little bitty”? Was I prepared to undermine the work of the Holy Spirit in her life? How easy it would be to brush aside her angst and tell her not to worry about it—the past is the past.

And that’s when mama came under conviction. Was I prepared to undermine the work of the Holy Spirit in her life? Was I thinking my daughter’s sin was “little bitty”? @lthomaswrites #parenting

But my little girl was struggling. She was uncomfortable. There was a barrier between her and her Lord. If I smoothed it over and made light of her sin would it harden her to the Holy Spirit’s whisper?

The next time her heart was troubled, would His voice be easier to ignore?

This mama’s heart broke a little. As my daughter confessed to God, I did my own confessing. The moment was a time of renewal and restoration—an opportunity for each of us to grow.

Acts 3:19 states, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” And 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Mother and daughter needed the times of refreshing that only repentance would bring. We needed the reminder that our God is faithful—He will always forgive and restore a heart filled with genuine sin-sorrow.

After prayers and hugs, our lighter hearts brought us closer to each other and to new spiritual depths in our faith-walk.

Are we guilty of smoothing over the “little” sins in our children’s lives?


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8 thoughts on “Little Bitty Sins

  1. I appreciate your sensitivity to the work of the Holy Spirit in your daughter’s life, Leigh Ann. I am sure I usurped the work of the Spirit in my boys’ lives more than once. I am grateful He worked in spite of my sin-grading…and taught me to follow His lead.


  2. Wow. I certainly do this in my own life! Sometimes I think sin is relative, and while I may be aware of a sin pattern in my life, I justify it by comparing it to a “worse” sin. Such a great reminder to repent and turn back to God no matter what the offense is!

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    1. You are so right! And many times, my attitude with my girls would stem from laziness. It seemed like a lot of trouble to follow through on teaching or discipline. But the consequences of letting things go can be tragic. Thanks for your insight and for commenting!


  3. In our attempts to comfort, it’s easy to gloss over the sins we erroneously deem small. I know I’ve been guilty of that. Thank you, Leigh Ann, for sharing this tender story and important reminder.


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