Don't you love when your words come back to bite you! Well, I don't. After my eloquent words of turning the other cheek, diffusing our anger and moving through arguments, I get in a fight with my husband over potato salad. Are you laughing? I'm finding some humor in it myself. Of course that's after I fuel the fire for a minute and then exclaim, "Okay Lord, I get it."
Potato salad, really? Yes, I fell for a conversation over whether we should buy it or make it. My husband loves to plan vacations, right down to the meals, however, I'm rarely in them. Some of that could be my own fault because he begins to talk about these trips months before we have to go. So, maybe during the meals portion, I zoned out a little and look what happens; we fight over store bought potato salad. Hilarious!
Two major things come to light immediately. One, I need to listen more and two, I need to say, "Yes dear." Oh, you think I would have learned after all these years but I guess I still have something to learn. And once again, I am humbled by my maker. Obviously, He would like me to practice what I preach. AMEN!
So, if you and someone you love got into a fight today, let it go and have a good laugh. I'm sure it was as important as my argument with my husband. I'm almost ashamed to admit it to you all. But the truth is the truth and if I'm going to share my wisdom, Christ is going to test it. At the end of the day, we must let go of our pride, concede to agree to disagree and move on. I can't harbor ill feelings if I contributed to that nonsense and either should you.
Be aware that the silliest of things can make grown adults seem like two year olds. As a matter of fact, I'm sure my kids were more adult than us. Anyway, die to your flesh and laugh at the situation. I am and it's not easy for me to let go but I am. I hope Christ is laughing with me as He looks down and shakes His head. He must think we are the dumbest sheep ever.
If you're in my pen today, I hope you get out with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Most arguments are really silly and hardly have the bite it takes to expend the energy. If you're like me, you would rather have peace anyway. Tonight, I will pray over the words and laugh all the way to my pillow. I don't mind being a wayward sheep if I learn a valuable lesson.
Thank goodness our Lord loves us. I just wish He would warn me before He tests me. Unfortunately, I get to experience the same trials and tribulations that you do and if I pass, there probably won't be anything to write about tomorrow. So for now, I lean on the grace of our Lord and thank Him for His compassion and forgiveness. Now, if I can just get my husband to forgive me. I don't think he's laughing as much as I am.
Proverbs 27:3 NKJV:
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 NKJV:
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Proverbs 16:32 NKJV:
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
I was definitely in the bosom of fools last night. I'm so grateful that I can repent and be done with it. Let's practice what we preach. Be slow to anger and love those around us. I'm sure this won't be the last time I fail this test but I hope I have learned something from it. Ridiculous! Take heart my sisters and wash it from your back, move on and ask Christ to love You through it. I'm okay if I'm just a dumb sheep for a day but I don't want to remain that way. Have a great day and remember be slow to anger!
My prayer today:
O, Lord, thank You for being a God of humor. Forgiving us when we sin and making us laugh at ourselves. We are like wayward sheep always trying to jump that fence and with great care, You put us in our place. As you know, we are of flesh and sometimes over very stupid things, we go the wrong direction. I hope today for healing and understanding over everyone that has had an argument this week. We fight because our pride gets in the way. We know that in order to be used well by You; we must die to our pride and let Your light shine in. Forgive us for our sins and lift us up. Protect us from ourselves and make us more like You. The days grow short when anger is in them. We want to be a light, not a darkness in someones life. You are the key to our success and the light under our wings. We thank You for knowing exactly what we need, when we need it. Give us a heart for others and tie our tongues, so that we have nothing to regret in the morning. In Jesus Name, AMEN
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