Friday, November 2, 2012

Confessions of a not-always-so-gentle-wife

It was a week of victories.  Battling the flu and trying to keep a good attitude, but (mostly?) winning.  Embracing the unknown, living out my calling as a wife, teacher, sister, friend.  But not every week has victories.  Some weeks I am just plain ugly inside, and that ugly slips out onto the people around me.  This past month on the Letters to My Sisters blog, the topic was 'anger'.  Here are my thoughts and reflections on that issue...

Dearest Sister,

It is hard to admit that I struggle with anger.  Perhaps you understand, as it is not exactly a ‘feminine’ quality!  Certainly not the ‘gentle and quiet spirit’ that I am called to exemplify.  But nonetheless, I will be honest and tell you that I have been quite surprised to see this in myself since getting married.  Now mind you, this cannot be blamed on my husband, but I will say that marriage can bring out the best—and worst—in a person!  More often than I’d like to admit, I can be short-tempered and easily frustrated with my beloved husband.  As I thought through this issue, I came across this quote:

Anger and bitterness are two noticeable signs of being focused on self and not trusting God’s sovereignty in your life.  When you believe that God causes all things to work together for good to those who belong to Him and love Him, you can respond to trials with joy instead of anger or bitterness.” –John C. Boger

Blessings on your fall weekend!


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