Dec 02

Sunday Scripture: James 1:19

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry.

I (Karen) am known by my family to be a person who can occasionally become frustrated and lose their temper quicker than I’d like.  Most often is is something silly like when I spill something or break something or an item doesn’t work the way it should.  I would like to say that the older I have grown I have learned more patience and don’t lose my temper as easily as I used to.  This isn’t always the case.  Sometimes when I’m tired or hungry (especially when I’m hungry) my old impatient self starts to creep up.

One night in particular I can think of where I was impatient – it was past dinner time (bad news, Karen is hungry), probably approaching 8:00 or 8:30 even.  Kenny was bouncing M to sleep for the third try that night while I was finishing up making us burgers and fries for dinner.  He finally got her to sleep and into her crib and I set our food out and we scarfed down about five bites before she was awake again.  I jumped up to go pick her up and in the process (I still don’t quite know how this happened) I knocked over a huge glass of red koolade.  It sloshed all over Kenny’s dinner, the glass basically exploded and a puddle of red stain saturated our nearly new rug.  I got our sweet girl all fixed up while Kenny (still hungry) wiped up the disaster and I was basically a hot mess of tears.  I was so mad at myself for wrecking things (our rug as well as Kenny’s dinner) and frustrated at the situation and still hungry.  I was in a bad mood for the rest of the night and probably the next morning too.  I’m trying so desperately to grow up and learn to be ‘slow to become angry’.

I am most often a very happy easy going person, that’s why it’s so odd that when I do get angry or frustrated things can go bad fast.  I’m hoping that by focusing on this bible verse this week it will help me in my quest to gain more patience.  I’ll keep trying anyway.

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