S01E39 Waves of Anger

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Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars.

I’m Sheena and the title of today’s reading is “Waves of Anger”

The key verse for today is from Psalm chapter 145 verse 8
It says, (pause) “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love .”


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Soon after we were married, my husband and I attended a seminar. We were beginning our new life and looking for ways to build a peaceful life together. Ten years later, I still remember a technique we learned to get rid of negative thoughts.
When you feel angry or hurt, it’s easy to beg

in a negative script in your head. It goes something like, “I can’t believe he just said that. How rude! If only I could tell him what a jerk he is, I would. In fact, I remember when . . . .” This negative self-talk is just as destructive as discouraging words and hurtful actions. What we tell ourselves in our hearts and minds soon becomes reality. To break this negative cycle, you must fill your mind with something positive. One technique is to think of a song you like and singing it in your mind when negative self-talk starts taking over your thoughts.


When I am feeling angry or frustrated, I often cry out in prayer and sing the song, ‘Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus.


The chorus goes like this:


Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!


With children just 12 months apart, I used to often feel overwhelmed trying to balance the life of a wife, a mother and a workingwoman. Some mornings were worse than others–-getting two sleepy children out of bed; feeding them breakfast when they weren’t hungry; and then trying to leave the house on time. And all this without bursting into tears.


But then, God gave me this song to sing and soon my children knew it too.


Thank you Lord, for your patience and compassion.


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Alabaster Jars is written by women from all over the world. Edited and compiled by Fylvia Fowler Kline. This is podcast is produced by Hope Channel Singapore. For episodes and more, visit our website: hopechannel.sg