Tag Archive: sorrow

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.    Proverbs 15:1

How do I, when in the midst of chaos (and my temper) bring out those soft words?!!

I only have a few short hours with the kids on the days I have to work but even on my days off, it seems I find myself yelling more and losing my temper more quickly.  I see it sometimes in my husband, and it irritates me so much when I think he yells at the kids unnecessarily.

But why, when we do it ourselves, it seems justified?!!

I lost it the other night when my five year old son was trying to open the cake saver with his oldest sister’s birthday cake in it.  I asked him not to (I could foresee the mess, of course, that was about to ensue) but he continued to try to figure it out trying to open it anyway.

The lid popped off, slid right into the cake, and…

I lost it.

It wasn’t even the fact that he ruined the cake (because I’m cool with eating any type of birthday cake whether it’s in pieces or whole) but it was the fact that he directly disobeyed me.

The problem was, I screamed at him.

Over cake.

I didn’t stop to control my temper, I let it out to do its destructive work and now I’m sorry for it.

I did sit him down later, after the sparks were through flying and the embers had cooled, to explain why I was upset, to apologize and ask his forgiveness… but it’s not enough.

If I am truly sorry, I need to change because that’s what being sorry is…feeling sorrow for what I have done.

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”   Proverbs 29:11

I don’t want to be that fool any longer.

I ran across this brilliant blog post by Khamneithang the other day:

The wise old owl

A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why can’t we be like that old bird?


Oh God, hold my tongue when I get angry.  Help me to express my feelings softly, and like the owl… choose words wisely!



God worked through my sister-in-law who wrote a beautiful poem and posted it the very day I was struggling to trust in His timing and provision.

I hope it is as much of a blessing and encouragement to you as it was to me.

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting Through Trials

Father God please help me to trust

My timing is NOW

But Yours is not

This trial this test

I don’t understand

I know I can’t make it

Except by Your hand

That must be why

The storm has come

To teach me to trust

To prepare me for

The trials to come

The storm is tumultuous

The wind knocks me down

Which is perfect because

My knees is where must be

The bitter rain stings my face

Causing me to bow my head

My tears mingle with rain

As I come to understand

It’s not the why but the how

How will I make it through

I know there is but one way

The Way the Truth and the Life

He has been with me every day

Urging me to give my cares

To Him and Him alone

To grow my trust

To let go of my fears

To rest in knowing He never left

He is here and will dry every tear.

by Amanda (Jackson) Carlson 05/15/2012

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”   Revelation 21:4

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