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Feb 03

Sunday Scripture – James 1:19-20

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.

This week’s passage is something that Karen and I want to take to heart after the weekend that we just had.  Now let me clarify before anybody starts jumping to conclusions.  Karen and I love each other very much and 99.9% of the time we do not argue, raise our voices at each other, or things of that nature.  But somehow this weekend things just came to a head.  We were both feeling pretty frazzled, it feels like we spend every spare moment trying to get our remodeling project done and those spare moments are few and far between.  I teach all day while Karen spends the day caring for baby M and our home, then I coach soccer in the evening and don’t even get home until about 6:30 then by the time we get M all settled down for the night, quickly eat some dinner, I usually write up a blog post while Karen does work for her two jobs, it leaves little time for much else.  Needless to say our weekends seem to get eaten up doing the catch up things.

Well this particular weekend we were both just drained.  M is sick and needs extra care from us, and we were trying our hardest to get our wood flooring finished in the formal living and dining room.  Working on a remodeling project requires a lot of focus on our part and usually a lot of communication.  Well Saturday we were both rather short with each other.   We were quarrelsome, short tempered and downright rude to each other on more than one occasion.

By the time evening rolled around, we got M to bed and Karen wrote up this blog post we were both feeling remorseful for the way we had treated each other.  We apologized and ended the evening with a big hug, rejuvenated and ready to start a new the next day.

Today was such a different experience from yesterday.  We had fun together, helped each other and worked as the team we should always be.  We were slow to anger and it felt like so much more of a productive day.  We hope to continue this trend and focus on James 1:19-20 to keep all of our interactions within the righteousness that God desires.

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