Are you a person of calm temperament? Slow to anger?
The Bible has a lot to say about being slow to anger. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8) I found 52 (could be more) verses that talk about this subject. Not one of them said don’t be angry.
Anger is a reality in daily life, however, we should think through the best response. Perhaps, even, we should not respond at all. Slowing down and thinking through the possibilities is the better way. After all, it is God’s way.
Abba, Father, control our responses to life’s situations. Let our words be gracious, kind, and supportive.
There once was a man and a woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other… except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she cautioned her husband never to open it or ask her about it.
For all these years he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would never recover. In trying to sort out their affairs the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed it was the time that he should know what was in the box.
When he opened it, he found 2 beautifully crocheted doilies and a stack of money totaling over $25,000. He asked her about the unusual contents.
“When we were married,” she said, ” my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doily.”
The little old man was so moved, he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with joy and happiness.
“Sweetheart,” he said… “that explains the doilies, but what about all this money? Where did it all come from?”
Oh,” she said, ” that’s the money I made from selling the doilies.”
I found some awesome posts for this week’s Friday Faves. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the post. Enjoy!
It’s OK to be angry. There are things we should be angry about. Stay humble and watch your words. Check out Deb’s list of ways to use our righteous anger at Counting My Blessings.
You’ve heard the excuses. So have I. The Bible is too hard to understand. The words don’t apply to now. There are too many contradictions. (Really, show me where!) Seeking to Know the Truth addresses these excuses and encourages us to keep on reading and studying the Word.
Cell phones are not a problem unless… It amazes me that people have to be told to put their phones away and/or shut them off during worship, class, in the doctor’s office, at dinner… Enjoy (or be convicted by) Tiffiney’s words on this issue; Momma, Please Put Down Your Phone.
Are you like me and have an abundance of plastic water bottles? Here are some great ideas for other uses.
Ray and I are talkers. We talk about everything. It’s one of the aspects of our marriage that has kept us together for more than 40 years. Alicia, over at Your Vibrant Family suggests this 15-minute habit, used daily, is extremely important to your connection as a couple.
There are so many excellent bloggers on the internet. I am often convicted by their words and learn so much from them. What a blessing they are.