Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We're Back! And 1% Change.

Krew and I got home from our trip up north last night, tired but in good moods.  I had a great time visiting with family and friends.  But honestly, as with after any long trip like that, I'm glad to be home.  I missed my hubby, and I got tired of living out of a suitcase.  Plus traveling with a toddler is just exhausting.  It's so much calmer to be in our own home.  Still, I sure do miss those northern loved ones while I'm down here living the NC life.

Jaclyn's baby Lorraine - she was precious

Lorraine makes my child seem giant

With two of my best friends from college, Jaclyn and Ashley. So sad we forgot to take a picture while Michelle was still with us. She had to leave earlier in the day.

On another note, it's 1% Change time, and this week I'm going to focus on dealing with anger. Tonight in Bible study we focused on how to deal with anger in marriages. We discussed how it's important to be open and honest with one another. It's ok to feel anger, but we are not to respond to it sinfully. We should neither blow up at our spouse nor clam up and suppress it. Dave and I don't do a ton of arguing, but I still think it's a good topic to focus on once in a while. It's important to handle anger in a constructive way, and especially important to pray to Christ for guidance through the emotions and difficulties. Just as with all things in life, He has a way that he wants us to deal with our anger toward one another.

Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry — but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
- Ephesians 4:26-27, The Message

There are multiple verses in Proverbs that speak to how a quick temper only leads to problems. Check out the following: Proverbs 14:17, 14:29, 19:11, 29:11, 29:20, and 29:22.  (Notice I just made the work easy for you by providing links. :) )

My friends in my study also shared with us some advice that they'd heard along the way:
* The only time you should yell at another person is if that person is getting hit by a bus.
* If one spouse is angry, the other needs to be calm for the situation to resolve well.
* Don't try to win.

So my 1% Change is to focus on handling my anger in a constructive, Christian manner.  How about you? Any anger issues you need to work through?

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