Days of Anger – The Beginning

As I shared yesterday, I was reluctant to write about anger. It’s not exactly in my comfort zone. I wrote about JOY last year, so at first it seemed like a bit of a credibility stretch for me to tackle.

But then I looked hard at the dictionary (well, I Googled it.  I didn’t get carried away to the point of pulling out an actual printed book or anything.)

Anger has many synonyms.

I checked.  I looked it up in the Thesaurus.

I don’t want to embody ANY of these.

Synonyms for anger

That’s not a pretty picture. I had to look up a few of the words to know for sure, but trust me… they aren’t good. If you were to set out to be the exact opposite of the Proverbs 31 Woman, it might very well look like that list.

Yuck!

I decided right then and there that I do not want anyone to think of me as an angry woman. Ever.

And my husband suggested that I write about anger.

Ouch.

I live with an engineer. It does weird stuff to my brain like make me think logically. If I don’t want to be angry, I want to be the opposite of angry. So I want to look at the list of ANTONYMS for anger. That would represent what I want to be, right? How logical is that?

Antonyms for Anger:

the opposite of anger

Will you look at that.

Not only are several of the fruits of the spirit in that list by name, almost every single one of them is implied. And JOY is right there!

How perfect.

Joy and anger – two sides of the same coin.

Joy is a choice.

Is it just possible that anger is too?

That’s the question – big and bold.

There are so many days when I feel like I’ve lost control and the only way I can get my kids to do what I’ve asked is to YELL.

There are days when I just am irritated and ticked off at everything – the laundry, the dirty shoes by the door, the endless parade of pb&j sandwiches, the unfinished DIY project that my husband started with good intent… yeah… all of that stuff.

Anger is a choice?

The Bible seems to say that anger is a choice.  In Psalm 37, it says

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.

psalm 37 8

For the next month, I’ll be unpacking that verse.  I believe it holds the key.    All the posts will be indexed on the ANGER page I created – if you miss one you can easily catch up on there.

I’m building a Pinterest Board on Anger with all the resources I can find.  (It’s a bit empty as I publish this, but I”m sure it will fill up quickly.)

I promise it won’t be preachy or boring.   I’m a story-teller at heart.  I can’t go on this journey without telling you the blow-by-blow details of how this all goes down (complete with my sarcastic font when appropriate.)  For the next month, my motto is

keep-calm-and-stop-yelling

I’m collecting scriptures, quotes, and pins on anger and peace – if you have a favorite I’d love for you to share!

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. I admit it. I’m a bit of a yeller over here especially when it is 40 minutes past bedtime (my world last night). I’m anxious to follow along and see what wisdom I can gain from your posts.
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  2. I will be taking this journey with you. My mom was a yelling mom, and I really don't want to be one. I am looking forward to what I learn this month.

  3. My mom yelled also. It's not a legacy I want to pass on to my kids either. The very idea that anger is a choice is kind of liberating for me. 🙂

  4. I love this post. I’m on my cell phone trying like crazy to find a way to pin it. I love how you broke it down for us and put the key points “in my face.”

    You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Or something along those lines comes to mind when I think of top quotes dealing with anger.
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  5. I saw a therapist years ago who said that nobody could “make you” angry. He was so right. He made me realize that I was the only one who could choose to be happy or angry. My reactions to situations are just that…MY reactions. I can choose them, and the way I react is definitely my choice. It was very eye opening. –Lisa

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