I had heard enough, and felt my blood begin to boil.
I couldn’t remember the last time I was this upset.
When someone hurts one of my babies (okay, they are 21 and 18, but they’re still my babies), part of me turns into an roaring and protective momma bear.
I needed to get a grip… and quickly.
But oh, how I wanted to make a few phone calls and share how I really felt. How I wanted to lash out and put a couple people in “their places.”
I knew, however, those thoughts were birthed from raging emotions, and learning from past mistakes, acting on those thoughts would cause more harm than good.
I needed to keep my mouth shut.
At least right then, until I could think rationally again. I decided to pray instead. Something like,
“Father God, you know this situation, as you’re in control of all. Thank you that you are and I don’t have to be. Father, calm my blistering emotions. Help me to see your ways in this situation. Guide my thoughts and words to glorify you. Protect and lead my child in the ways only you can. May you be glorified in it all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Instead of being an irrational, crazy-acting momma, I could be calmly upset.
Complain if you must, but don’t lash out. Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking. Build your case before God and wait for his verdict. Psalm 4:4 MSG
I knew if God wanted me to open my mouth after I was calm, He’d show me.
Give all your cares to the Lord and He will give you strength. He will never let those who are right with Him be shaken. Psalm 55:22 NLV
Friend, what do you do when you’re upset? How did you react the last time you found your emotions blistering? Do you have a specific “thing” you do to remain calm?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve messed up in similar situations. I have failed miserably. And I’m still learning how to deal with unexpected raw emotions. I found myself a bit hopeful, as this time, I went to God first. But I know full well, next time can be an entirely different story.
In situations that upset us, if we keep our focus on glorifying God in our thoughts, words, and actions, you and I can stay in His will because our hearts will be turned towards Him.
I’m glad we can encourage one another in life lessons such as these.
Bless you as we walk through them together.
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