Faith Fuzed Fitness Verse of the Week
“Slow to anger”. . . these words resonate with me more than I care to admit. I am a hot tempered person; I always have been. I’d like to attribute this trait to me being a passionate person, however, in my life I have been around many reactive people. Now, with my own kids, I have realized that the only person who can stop this cycle is me; and with the help and grace of God he is going to mold me into the mother I am called to be to my kids.
Whether it is with my husband, my kids, or other drivers on the road, I am a very reactive person sometimes. . . I’m working on it. The moment I realized how reactive I could be, came at the oddest time. I was in the Sam’s parking lot and my two oldest girls were running around the car. Immediately my heart stopped. I knew they were going to the car door to get in, but I panicked that a car might not see them. In all my panic, I locked the keys in the car. Once I realized they were safe, I went immediately into furious mom mode! I mean, what were they thinking!! Look what they did!
The voice came out. Every mom knows what voice I’m talking about. I scolded my children. On top of everything, it started to rain. I couldn’t help but laugh; because it felt like as if God was trying to cool my hot head.
We ran back into Sam’s. Within 30 minutes my car was unlocked and the minor inconvenience was a teaching moment that God used to help me be a better mom. As we sat inside and waited for the locksmith, I realized how my anger almost stole this moment from me.
I sat watching my kids play as if they were in an office working on computers and the Holy Spirit convicted me to see the innocence of my children. They had not caused this–God has allowed this so that I could see this moment. My kids were role playing, imitating me. I began to realize if they will imitate me working, would they imitate my anger also? I’m certain the answer is yes, they will. I know there are moments where it is necessary to get angry; in my mind, my kids lives were in danger. But if I am completely honest, they were working my nerves in the store too. Because of what I have seen growing up, I don’t want to expose my kids to the same things. My family has battled temper problems going back as far as my grandpa, but God has delivered each one of them, and I know he will deliver me. I want to encourage you in this moment, if you are dealing with anger as I have and am, reach out to God. My outlet, many times, is working out and worshiping during my exercises to help to center myself during my workout. If you’d like to join us in our fitness classes, please come! All walk-ins are welcome and all fitness levels are welcome.
God, thank you for this moment and for your word. Thank you most of all for the grace that covers me in my moments of anger. Father, I want to lift up the men and women who are struggling with anger. I pray that you would be ever present in their moments, and even send some rain to cool their hot tempers. Give them grace, as you have for me. Do not allow the shame and guilt that may follow to keep them from humbling themselves before you, and before those whom they may have hurt in their moments. Let us all strive to produce the righteousness that you desire.
The less Angry Mom
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