It really was about peace

peace is a beautiful thing

Peace is a beautiful thing.

At the end of my 31 day series on Joy in motherhood in 2012, I was wiped out and drained.  I didn’t even want to look at the letter J on my keyboard!  But somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, I started contemplating what I’d write for the next 31 day challenge.

I had this dream about writing the whole series in advance and then taking a month off from writing…

Somewhere around Valentine’s Day, I started playing with the idea of writing 31 Days of Peace in the Home.

Because my home was filled with chaos and I needed the dream of peace…

Somewhere around July 4th, I abandoned the idea of writing about ANY kind of fruit of the spirit, especially peace.

I’d written a guest post on the fruit of self-control, and 500 words was all I could manage…

Somewhere around Labor Day, my husband suggested I write about anger.

Don’t tell him, but he was right. 

Imagine my shock when I discovered it was all about peace anyway. [Read more…]

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A farewell to anger?

a farewell to anger

As I wrap up my series on anger,  there’s a part of me that wants to keep on going.

(There’s also a part of me that is in shock that I could still conceivably say anything of value on the subject.)

Before I wrap up tomorrow, I wanted to take you back through the whole series in the context of the scripture verse I started with.

Remember?  Psalm 37:8 says

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

If I were to reswizzle the order of the posts just a wee bit, I think you’ll see it more clearly. [Read more…]

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Managing your monster moments

taming your tantrum

Have you ever had monster moments?

If you have, then the idea of managing your monster moments may sound pretty good.  Even better?  Preventing them.

The more time I’ve spent on the subject of anger (this is day 29 of 31 days, ahem) the more unattractive the whole anger thing is to me.

I did a Google image search for angry women.  There is not a single image of someone looking all hot and sexy in her rage.  They all look like monsters.

I scrolled through the photos of my adorable sweet children and spotted the photo evidence of temper tantrums gone by.  It’s amazing how much their little faces would change from one photo to the next.

I got really brave and asked my husband to snap some photos of me the next time I was yelling.

This was probably the single worst idea I’ve ever had.   [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – how to focus on what matters MOST

what matters most

It’s my MOMtor Monday!  I’m blessed to be writing today over at Mothering From Scratch (if they aren’t on your “blogs to read list” they should be.)  Today, I’m sharing about how to focus on what matters MOST.

Believe it or not, priorities and managing anger go hand in hand for me.  In a month-long series on managing anger as a mom, I simply HAD to talk about managing priorities and juggling interruptions.  It’s a huge part of what can drive me over the edge when I’m racing to get dinner on the table.

Focusing on what matters MOST.

Friends, I used to have a really clear set of priorities that worked.

Then I didn’t.

I struggled.

But now I think I’ve figured it out.

The most amazing thing?  It goes back to those four little words a friend shared with me.

Go check it out.  I’ll see you over at Mothering From Scratch. [Read more…]

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