I often tell Ryan that no one can make him mad; that being mad is a choice he makes. But then later that same day I apparently think that little piece of advice doesn't apply to me.
Parenting is hard. And some days I feel mad at my children. And sometimes feeling mad at them evolves into being angry at them. And sometimes I correct them and discipline them while I'm angry at them. Even though I don't think anger has any real place in discipline, I still do it sometimes. So my memory verse for this season of parenting has become:
"...man's anger does not bring about the righteous life God desires." James 1:20
The whole point of discipline (in this home) is to do our best to parent in such a way that we raise kids who live the life that God desires them to live. According to James 1:20...anger won't help in achieving that goal. Just might keep it from happening. Help me discipline without anger Lord! Help me love them the way You have loved me!
My incredible friend Kelly has an amazing post today that sparked the above thoughts. Check it out.
Thank you for your post today and for the link to your friend's post. Both were just what I needed to read today. I have been so edgy lately with the kids...we have been taking turns with sickness, which is no fun at all and really doesn't excuse my elevated volume! Hang in there, friend! God is our strength and patience and love!
That hits me right between the eyes!