Hello, my name is Starr.
I have incredibly long bangs that I’ve grown to absolutely LOVE over the past few months.
Bangs ROCK. You should try them.
Sometimes I look like I have my act together – like on family photo day.
You should call Erika, because she works miracles. You didn’t see that the ground was wet and my behind was getting absolutely soaked through the blanket as we smiled for this photo. And that Brock had just been screaming. And that Kylie was totally non-cooperative.
There. Yup. I told you, non-cooperative. Good times.
Some days I smile and handle our crazy adventure. And some days I don’t.
In all seriousness, some days I can’t take the whining and arguing
a n y l o n g e r
and before I know it, I’ve done that thing I said I wasn’t going to do again.
I’ve lost my temper and yelled at my kids, again.
I know I’m not alone in this struggle.
Parenting is hard, especially when you’re low on sleep, high on stress and emotionally drained.
I came across an article on the (in)courage blog a few months ago titled, “Dear Mom Who Thinks She’s the Only One Who Struggles with Temper” and it has stuck in my mind.
The very first line from Lisa-Jo Baker read:
“Sometimes you don’t realize you have a temper till you have kids.”
I kept reading and through the tears I found hope in not being alone in my struggles with my children.
Prayers can change our heart and our tone. I’ve noticed a difference since asking God for help on this topic of taming my temper.
In fact, Psalm 86 is the perfect reminder in scripture for this #thirstythursday: a prayer for help.
Psalm 86 – Good News Translation (GNT)
A Prayer for Help[a]
86 Listen to me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am helpless and weak.
2 Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.
3 You are my God, so be merciful to me;
I pray to you all day long.
4 Make your servant glad, O Lord,
because my prayers go up to you.
5 You are good to us and forgiving,
full of constant love for all who pray to you.
6 Listen, Lord, to my prayer;
hear my cries for help.
7 I call to you in times of trouble,
because you answer my prayers.
8 There is no god like you, O Lord,
not one has done what you have done.
9 All the nations that you have created
will come and bow down to you;
they will praise your greatness.
10 You are mighty and do wonderful things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do,
and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
12 I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness forever.
13 How great is your constant love for me!
You have saved me from the grave itself.
14 Proud people are coming against me, O God;
a cruel gang is trying to kill me—
people who pay no attention to you.
15 But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God,
always patient, always kind and faithful.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
strengthen me and save me,
because I serve you just as my mother did.
17 Show me proof of your goodness, Lord;
those who hate me will be ashamed
when they see that you have given me comfort and help.
Teach us what you want us to do, Lord.
You, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always patient, always kind and faithful.
For that, I’m truly thankful.
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