“You guys! Stop that!”
Unfortunately this was me, sounding just like I do not want my children to sound.
Raised voice, sarcasm and sharpness have been too frequent here lately. Life seems to have gotten the better of me and I find myself short of patience – grumpy, stressed and a bad example.
Slowing down to read Lorrie’s ebook I was reminded of many things I know, but forgot, like:
- The difference prayer makes. – How can I forget my greatest resource?
- Taking time to train my children. – They are children. They don’t know everything even when they try to tell me otherwise!
- Prepare for our life – as it is – not as I want it. Being prepared and realistic saves so much stress, thus reducing the tendency to yell.
- Give myself grace. I’m a work in progress, just like my children. I will mess up. I will try again.
I liked this specific, practical idea as well:
- Schedule a funny movie. – I’m not very good at fun. I need to lighten up.
If things are a less pleasant than you would like in your home right now pick up a copy of Lorrie’s book for some good reminders. She included a great list of verses on prayer and forgiveness, too.
I’m off with a new commitment to bathe myself, my children, and my day in prayer. I will never get it right, but I m loved by the One who already has.
Here’s where to find it as well as Lorrie’s many other helpful tools: