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Word-Filled Wednesday: Angry

Welcome to Word-Filled Wednesday, hosted this week by eLisa at Extravagant Grace. Be sure to stop by there for more visual inspiration from Scripture.

I love my daughter incredibly, and she's absolutely adorable. However, everything she does is not adorable. There's a problem with this, though. Cuz, most of the time, she still looks adorable when she's not acting adorable. And sometimes I forget that.


An angry man stirs up dissention, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22

Cute, isn't she? But she's also copping a major attitude, and is an angry little girl (for no reason other than selfishness). And God doesn't like it. Sometimes, I admit, I let her get away with stuff I shouldn't - cuz she's so adorable, and cuz it's easier to appease her than to teach her to stop. But when that happens, both of us are sinning. (yeah - I said the "s" word) And I am responsible for teaching her that her anger is a sin.

I think I need to commit this verse to memory. And maybe teach it to my daughter too.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, that teaches us right from wrong. Help me, Lord, to ignore my daughter's beautiful exterior when necessary, so I can focus on her ugly interior - her sin nature. Guide me in correcting her, Lord, and in keeping my own anger in check. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

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  1. AnonymousJune 17, 2009

    A powerful reminder. I don't get angry very often but when I do I have a tendency to hold onto it...this a a great reminder.

    (umm she is really adorable...even when angry:)

  2. Joanne, this a truth-filled post that speaks loudly to me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, very good point. Actually--pointS. I've been working on this very thing here at my house--with my kids and MYSELF!!

    Thanks, JoDear!

  4. Yeah, and it is sometimes SO hard not to get angry! I've always struggled with the "be angry and sin not" verse, too-LOL. Hmmmm...we can all learn from these verses!

  5. Thanks for sharing with us...

  6. She IS cute, Dear, thanks for the reminder ~

  7. AnonymousJune 17, 2009

    Awesome WFW!
    ~Hugs, HL

  8. Ha, you're right. She is adorable. Let me tell you -- today while I was babysitting and holding a sleeping baby in my arms, my daughter decided to cut her hair! She knew I was angry because she disobeyed me. She began to weep with big alligator tears and said, "YOU SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR ME" -- she was so broken. Talk about stopping me in my tracks. Of course I explained how I loved her and was very thankful for her. Sigh ... little girls.

  9. I really need this reminder everyday. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Awesome. I always learn so many lessons about myself from my children. I see so much of myself in them, the icky stuff mainly. This is powerful!

  11. This is a great reminder! And I have to struggle in reminding myself this from time to time...

  12. She really is adorable, though. Goodness, gracious, I'd let her walk all over me with those cute cheeks! LOL!

    What a great reminder for me.

  13. I come in agreement with your prayer. God will so honor and bless you for your honesty with yourself and for taking accountability.

    Your daughter will grow out of that angry attitude and realize soon enough that she cannot have everything her way.

    Just keep praying that prayer of faith you prayed on your post. Blessings to you. Happy WFW!!

  14. Oooh, good one! I pray this for myself as well.

  15. Hi Joanne,
    What a photo! And a good reminder for us parents to be responsible in raising our children. (My daughter's bedroom wall is adorned with verses.)

    Am I right in guessing your daughter posed for this photo? Looks like she's trying to be angry, but that twinkle in her eyes...


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