Confession: I have a short fuse.

Many of you know this already. I’m working on it. I know I have a temper. I acknowledge it. I try to keep it in check. But just in case you didn’t know it, kids are freaking irritating sometimes. Sometimes they’re irritating a lot of time. Sometimes it’s most of the time. They push every button that you have and they find ones you didn’t know you had and they create new ones just so they can push them. All. Day. Long.

And that’s no excuse to get mad. I know that.

So just on the off chance that you struggle with anger, here are some verses that might help you focus on controlling it a little better. These are from a daily bible plan that I’m *trying* to start doing that specifically deals with anger.

But you don’t struggle with anger, do you? Nah, probably not.

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11

It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. – Proverbs 20:3

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. – Proverbs 29:11

In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26-27

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:19-20

What have I learned from these verses? I’ve learned that I’m often a fool. I’ve learned that I’m often NOT wise. I’ve learned that I’m not terribly patient. I’ve learned that I sometimes give the devil a foothold in my house, my family, my life. And that’s not okay with me. I want better for my kids than that. I want better for my life than that. So I’m trying.

4 thoughts on “Confession:

  1. Oh, I really like this one:

    A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11

    It is to my GLORY to overlook an offense. Giving grace is not easy. ;-/


  2. I love how you realize your shortcomings, share them instead of trying to hide behind a perfect facade and look to the Lord for help and strength. May we all do this. We will all be the better for it.


  3. Oh, Jenny, this could not have come at a more appropriate time for me. I, too, deal with anger and letting it get the best of me with my kids. Just yesterday I yelled too much over stupid stuff because I’m not feeling well and I’ve got a sick kid (not excuses to yell), and I asked my 5yo to pray that Mommy would not get angry and yell. I don’t want my kids to think it’s ok, and I want them to recognize that it’s sin in Mommy’s life. It’s SO hard!! Thanks for the verses!!


  4. I have ALWAYS struggled with a bad temper. Ask my parents or my sisters. 🙂 There was one experience, vivid!, where I was yelling at Jakeb who was about 4 at the time. I remember clearly where we both were standing, the lighting in the room, everything. And I hope I never forget. In a moment, I realized how big I was and how small he was and then how selfish I was and how fragile his little heart was. And I am supposed to be shaping that fragile heart. God got in my face big time. I saw the fear in my sweet son’s face and then a horrible reflection of the monster I was being to him. It changed me. I still lost my temper on occasion. Usually when something was spilled. I hate spills!! 🙂 Still do lose my temper but not like I used to. We’re all broken. We all grow. We evolve. Our kids are so forgiving and resilient. Thank God!! 🙂 It is stressful to have little kids.

    So on a practical note…. not that you were looking for advice but here goes anyway. Music helps me. Music always connects be to God. If I play soft music in the background throughout the day when I know I am more at risk to losing my temper, it soothes me and the kids. I have also trained myself to say the words usually to silently to myself, “I love you more than…” as soon as something happens when I think I might blow a gasket. This phrase has come in VERY handy over the years and saved the hide and heart of my kids multiple times and kept me from doing or saying things I would definitely regret. Respond rather than react.

    Dear God, please be with these mommies with young kids that I love so much. It’s hard. I remember. Please give them unspeakable energy, wisdom and love for their children as they carry out Your will in raising your precious creation.


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