It really was about peace

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?

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

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

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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Chocolate Caramels for your Soul

Last week, I shared a challenge to give Grace as freely as we give candy for Halloween.  I also revealed my deep dark love of chocolate caramel.  So it seems only logical that I offer you some chocolate caramels for your soul.

In my world, dark chocolate caramel sea salted supremes are better than chicken soup. [Read more…]

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Pain makes me angry

I don’t know how to put this any more clearly.  Pain makes me angry.

I’ve been living with chronic knee pain since last April, but in the past few weeks, I’ve gone from mild discomfort (think thong underwear when it’s a bit too intimate) to blinding mind numbing pain (think walking barefoot on Legos, only worse).  At this point, my entire family is counting down the hours until my surgery next week.

We’ve all come to the same exact conclusion. [Read more…]

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Counting the Cost of Anger – Interview with a Friend

At some point, you knew I’d have to talk about the cost of anger.  It was right there up front in the introduction for the whole series on Anger.

Psalm 37:8 says

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

Counting the cost of anger – remembering that it only leads to harm.

What if I told you that there were four simple words that would change everything….

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Frazzled and on my last nerve

I don’t think I need to explain it.  “Frazzled and on my last nerve” is a universal condition.

That’s why we repin the funny ecards that say things like

I’m sorry for what I said when I was hangry. [Read more…]

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But…. yelling works so well….

I asked my son a simple question.

Do you know why I’m yelling?

His eyes were wide as he stared up into my face and shook his head.


I took a deep breath and sat down beside him. Then I said simply

Because it works.

I’ll bet this happens in your house too.  See if the whole thing sounds like a page from your life. [Read more…]

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Grace Like Candy

It started with a simple question from my second grader.

Mommy, why do they call it Halloween?


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