Lately, I’ve been angry. Though I can’t stand admitting so, it’s the truth, and what good is a blog without truth? Yes, my anger is what I would classify “righteous anger,” but it is certainly not right. Even righteous anger can be handled the wrong way. Whether our children are fully aware of our situations or not, they are sensitive to what is going on in the lives of their parents. So when I am wrestling with my emotions over a seemingly ongoing situation (and no, it’s not my marriage), my demeanor changes, and my joy ceases to overflow. In it’s place is a flat, somewhat stale version of who I am. How much fun is it to live on the receiving end of this kind of parenting? Not much, I’m sure.
Here’s what I always realize when those less-than-Christ-like attitudes start exposing themselves: a bitter woman is not the enduring legacy I hope to leave, so I had better get an AAA (adult attitude adjustment). So what does this adjustment look like? Well, it’s pretty basic and goes something like this.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world. So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up. (Ephesians 6:11-13)
And he said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Gabbie Nolen-Fratantoni loves Jesus and is passionate about serving him through the arts by leading worship and writing for various ministries. She is married to Greg, her hard-working, iron-sharpening-iron spouse. They are opposite in personality but equal in dedication to their marriage and family. Gabbie and Greg are the proud and sleep-deprived parents of two active, sweet, and fun boys and recently welcomed the arrival of their first little girl. An Aggie and graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Gabbie is a small-town country girl trapped in the city and loves getting to know people and encouraging them as they seek to know Jesus and make him known.
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