A few days ago, I was driving home from a day where nothing seemed to go right. I'd fought with the girls all day and seemed to do nothing but punish, discipline and fuss. My work wasn't going well so I was frustrated with everything and everyone. I was extremely happy the day was finally ending.
These kind of days don't happen often, and when they do I understand. I know it can't be a ball of fun for the girls to spend the entire day at the office with me. They can't scream, yell, run, play loudly, bicker.... The list of can'ts is much longer than the list of cans. But they don't have to deal with it very often so when they do we all just do whatever it takes to get through (and I bribe with ice cream and trips to the park).
Frustrated and in a foul mood, I did not hold out great hopes for the night ahead. But a sign I saw on the way home changed everything. It put a smile on my face and reminded me that sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut (which is definitely what I needed to do because by that point I was on the verge of saying things I would have regretted the moment they left my mouth). So I want to share the prayer I saw on a church billboard:
Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulders
And your hand over my mouth.
I think this is my new mantra. What's yours?
P.S. Sue A, you're the winner of a copy of RAINTREE: SANCTUARY! Email Playground Monitor with your name and mailing address to claim your prize.