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.

My wuff you.

Brittany tells me this many times a day. She has been taught to love, not by her birth mom and really not by us. She was taught to love by Mimi and Papa, who she spent over a year of her life with. And we’re so thankful that they took her from the little girl she was when she was placed with them and helped her be the affection, loving child that she is today.

She loves to be held and hugged. And when you sit by her, she wants to sit right next to you so that your body touches hers, or better yet, she’d really just like to be up in your lap. She loves to be kissed and carried around. Since she’s one of four kids, I find myself unable to simply sit next to her or carry her around as often as she would like. And she loves to be read to. Again, I wish I had more time. I think I have at least three kids who speak “quality time” as their love language.

And so over spring break I had a special outing with each one of the kids (except for Jade; she doesn’t count). I took Brittany to the local Sea Center and then to eat at Smithart’s. She had a blast and really enjoyed The Sea Center. She’s been back twice since then. Here are a few from her first trip there during spring break. I got some really cute ones that show her face. Someday….

Brittany, my wuff you too, kiddo. And I know that’s only going to grow and grow and grow.