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  1. This is a beautiful post Aprille. I too am thankful for the stict-ish upbringing I had, because of the things it meant I’ve avoided. This reminds of the verse “God works all things together for good for those who love Him.”

  2. This was an excellent, grace-filled observation. When I get down to it, I must confess that I, too, am thankful to one degree or another for some of the legalistic upbringing I was given. I call myself a “recovering legalist” because there are times when I simply long for the “holy” days. And, as I bring up my own children, I find it very difficult to avoid being legalistic – because I fear for them. I find myself being tempted to pour on the “pesticide” at times.

    • I’m a fairly new parent and I already feel that fear, the tendency to lean toward strictness and legalism. I have several books on my list to read about grace-based parenting but have not tackled them yet. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. holly

    This post has been so good – what a fitting end to your series. I too am eternally thankful to my parents for introducing me to Jesus, for all the sin I was kept from, although sin will be present wherever humans are present. This concept of keeping the good and throwing out the bad is something I need to think about and work through, because i do want to move forward and not just react to the past.
    Thank you soooo much for writing this series and letting me process some of my own story through your comment box!

    • “This concept of keeping the good and throwing out the bad is something I need to think about and work through, because i do want to move forward and not just react to the past.”

      Ugh…I’m still struggling with this, working through it. It’s hard!

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