Religious activity can never substitute for a heart that is pure before Him. Purity comes only through repentance. Pray that God will examine your heart and reveal you need to repent of your sin.
If you find yourself falling into sinful habits or not grieving over your sin as you once did, this indicates that you are not abiding in Christ. Return to Him in repentance; restore your fellowship with Him, and you will once again experience victory over your sin.
Don’t allow mere unhappiness over what you have done to rob you of genuine repentance. You can blame yourself and be angry with yourself for the sins you have committed, but that is not repentance.
When your child gets into trouble, how do you help them understand their need for a Savior? SCH Contributor Rhonda Stoppe encourages mothers to treat discipline as a learning experience.