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Questioned Being Loved

Have you ever thought about why or how come people love you?  Do you feel loved because of who you are, your personality, your role, your job or what you can do for them?  Or is it that you question if people love you because of their actions toward  you?  For most it is the latter.  Marriages fall apart because of a spouse’s actions doesn’t portray love.  We can automatically assume that someone doesn’t love us because the way they are acting toward us, however this may not always be the case.

I spoke to a friend yesterday and she asked me if I ever felt sorry for myself and had a pity party and also if I have ever questioned myself if anyone truly loved me or why they loved me.  At first, we all think that might be silly to dwell on such a thought but I think there are some people who do question about others loving them.  I myself have even thought about why my husband loves me.  Now some of you may be thinking, why in the world would she ever question being loved.  Yes, I am taken care of by my husband and we have a beautiful marriage and I am so glad to have agape passion in our life but sometimes the thought of why people may love you still comes across your mind every once in a while.  I don’t know about you but sometimes I like to hear my husband tell me that he loves me.  I then ask him, “why”?  He just smiles at me and knows I am trying to pull out the sentimental counseling therapy on him for him to feed me my love language with words of affirmation.  He then proceeds to tell me why he loves me.  I think sometimes we may wonder why people love us if we are attacked by the enemy of our self-worth and identity of who we are in Jesus Christ.  We even go through valleys of doubting if God loves us or why He would love us with all our faults and failures in our actions.  Because of the way we have been trained to think, “He doesn’t really love me because IF he did, then he wouldn’t do that”, is a thought in which we all have lived through.

Does a parent get angry with their toddler for falling down when he begins to walk?  Does the parent get upset when they have to feed or change the baby? Does a parent throw his child out on the curb because it made the parent upset with his behavior?  Of course not.  Does a parent feel upset when they discipline their child?  Of course they do but they know they must in order to create a respectable and responsible adult.  Most parents have unconditional love for their child.  It doesn’t matter what that child has done, the parent will always love them unconditionally.  The parent may not always agree or like the child’s behavior, actions or lifestyle as they mature but they still love them.  I believe however it is important as parents we tell our children that we love them.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not tell my children I love them every time they leave the house or when I talk to them by phone.  

God is our heavenly Father.  We must believe we are His children and He loves us unconditionally.  It doesn’t matter what we have done in the past or how many times we have failed.  We must understand as children of our Heavenly Father as long as we are living here in the flesh on this earth we cannot be perfect but strive to be.  We must realize as we mature that it is a process in which we must continue to grow in.  We must be able to identify when we start thinking God doesn’t love us, that it is from the enemy trying to sow seeds of unbelief and doubt in the power and love of God.  We must realize God loves us so much that all he wants from us is loving Him back.  We must show the unconditional love to others and our actions should that be of love.  Our actions may reflect selfish ways instead of God’s way but He loves us no matter what.  The action of others toward us may not always be that of love, however we can be rest assured we are always unconditionally loved by God.

Prayer:  Lord forgive me when I question whether or not that I am loved by you or anyone else.  I know you love me even before I knew and loved you.  I pray that I will always reflect your love by actions and loving unconditionally.  In Jesus name.  Amen

2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (©1984)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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Gifts That Make Your Eyes Bug Out

Yesterday we arrived at my mother’s house for the usual traditional Christmas.  It is just about the only time we see some of our family members and gather around a feast of food.  As we finish up the dishes, the children are ready to open the gifts.  When you purchase a gift for someone, sometimes it is thought out carefully and sometimes not.  I know when I buy a gift for someone, I usually get something that they will like and it usually goes along with who they are in general.  We decided not to get everyone a gift this year but just get a few items for all our teens.  Under the tree there was a huge santa bag.  Inside contained wrapped gifts with name tags precisely cut out from newspaper letters which all were unknown where they came from and everyone had something. Some of the names were spelled wrong but I believe on purpose.   Here is what we got….

Caitlin received dog poop bags and a magic kit, Jordan got an axe, I got a hair bump it, and the list goes on.  It was quite funny to see what was in the bag which all surprised us all.  We were trying to figure out who would want us to get such outrageous gifts that would make us question our own identity and our eyes bug out.  Knowing the comical brother of mine, I had a feeling he was behind it all.  These gifts seem to make everyone hyper and want to use their gifts.  Bryson jumped up and took the deer head mount off the wall and stuck it on top of his head to walk through the house.  Jordan chased after him with the axe.  Lyle had the nunchucks swinging them around and yelling chinese jiberish.  It was quite a sight to see but we all had fun family time and laughed at the madness.

This was the first year Natalie’s boyfriend, Jacob came and spent with our family.  There he sat on the couch watching the entire layout of madness.  He is laid back and quiet while observing all of this, however he did have a smile on his face.  Sometimes I think our family is a little loud, a little crazy and we all have you know, one crazy in the bunch just like all families.  I did not purchase not one single vest this year for Christmas since last years episode, and you can read about it from my blog titled,  Merry Christ’vest

Today is the last day of this celebration holidays.  One more family meal to go and I will be cooking all day.  The boys will open the perfect gift or at least I think they will…. gift cards.  Hopefully Santa won’t surprise us with any more outrageous gifts that make our eyes bug out, but if he does, I will be thankful and I will laugh.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I am thankful for your blessings and for your love that you give us.  I will treasure each moment because you have given us a time, a life and a gift to share with all.  Help us all continue to see the happiness and find the good in all our gifts we may receive.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Romans 8:39  New International Version (©1984)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Day Before

The countdown has begun.  It is Christmas Eve and everyone is either in panic getting last-minute gifts or resting in front of the television.  Today and tomorrow will be here and over with before you know it.  There will be family reunions, some fights, hyper children, strange noises and laughing, some crying, game playing and lots of eating.  We shouldn’t forget that all the beautiful wrapped gifts today will be the crumbled mess in the floor tomorrow.  The outfit will be worn then thrown in the closest, the toys will be played with then tossed to the side, the music will be played then stored till next year but the true fact still remains.  This is none other than Jesus, and He is still on the throne through it all and most families survive this ordeal to repeat it all next year.  Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas and finding time to gather, pray and tell the testimony of how thankful we are to each other.  Let your family and friends know how much you love them.  

I wonder how Mary felt the day before?  Was she nervous or excited or a little fearful of becoming a mother or birthing a Savior?  I wonder how she felt the day before His death?  Was she in turmoil, fear or pain?  I wonder how she felt the day before He rose from the grave?  Was she still praying, hoping or grieving without hope?  The day before can bring much anticipation to the unknown but it also brings faith to those who walk in His Spirit and know how to live life with Christ.  It is a day like any other day to bring good news to others.  It is a day to leave a legacy to your children in why we live and celebrate Jesus.

Know the importance of Christmas and express it the day before, the day after and after that day.  Tell about Jesus, how He was born of a virgin, how He was crucified and bled for our healing, our sin, and how He is the ONLY God who was resurrected from the grave and still lives on!  Wake up tomorrow full of faith and happiness!

Prayer:  Lord I pray that everyone would realize why we celebrate Christmas and that it is because of you.  It is not to give or to receive presents, toys or food but to be thankful that you came into this world to set us free from our sin and give us eternal life.  I am thankful you are a God that provides, protects, loves and is full of mercy.  You reign Lord over all and I celebrate You!  In Jesus Name. Amen.

Matthew 1:18,21,23  New International Version
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.””The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

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Coming Home

Sunday my husband got emotional during preaching.  This will be the first Christmas without his father.   Johnnie passed away in March so Christmas will definitely be different for all of us.  The holidays seem to bring people together no matter what the circumstances might be, most everyone wants to go home.

Home is not just a house but is meant to be a place of rest and protection.  It also meant to be a place of provision and a place of love.  Even when you move away and are out on your own with your own family, it is still good to go home.  I know when I visit my parent’s home, my home, the first thing I want to do when I go in, is eat.  Even when I am not hungry, I just want to look and see what goodies she has on the counter or what leftovers she has in her fridge.  She always wants to make me something to eat.  It seems like it brings her most pleasure to cook up something or have us over for a meal.  So you see, my home symbolizes where I get nourishment or sweets that feed and pamper my body.   My parents I know get lonely, get in routine and love to have us visit.  They only live five miles away.

Jeff’s home in which he grew up is thirty minutes away.  When he goes home, he just sits on the couch and his mother just loves to fix him something to eat.  No one can go into that home without be made sure you had a great visit.  You will be made to drink a coke or at least something.  Food also is all over the table or counter just waiting for you to respond to its call.  Jeff also told of a story of how he likes to visit his home.  There are times when he was feeling overwhelmed or hurt or full of anxiety over pressures of life, and it was then that he would go and visit his home.  He would visit about an hour and then come back to our house.  He didn’t always ask for advice or even tell his parents his fears, it was just being able to go into a familiar place and find peace and rest.  The atmosphere of his home life while growing up was a peaceful with loving security.

We can look at all of our lives and hope that we too can create this place of home.  I know when my two boys come in for holidays (they live in other states longer than 7 hours driving) all they want to do is eat and sleep.  They know I will clean up after them and they know dad will pay for meals in restaurants.  They do not worry about coming home to chaos with fighting or bad attitudes of non-christian lifestyle.  They know they will be provided for and they feel safe.  They never have to ask us for these things because we provide for them because of loving them as our children.  They WANT to come home.

Parents wait for the day to be surprised by their children who may live in another state and come home to see them.  I know of three children who are all married were not going to be able to see their parents because one is stationed overseas.  However, they planned a vacation and was able to be away for a few days, so now they are going to surprise their parents for Christmas.  There are stories like these that make holidays worthwhile.

Now here is the question or challenge.  Are people grateful when you leave or grateful they spent time with you? Your home while growing up might not reflect our home however you have the know how to change your situation for your own children.  Fight the chaos with the love of Jesus Christ being King in your home.  If we seek Him with all, He will fill it with those things that provide safety, provision, love, peace and rest.  Provide a place where children will want to come home to.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are most welcome in my home and in my heart.  I thank you for always giving us a place to call home.  Soak us with your love, your peace and rest.  Thank you for always providing even when I don’t seem thankful or forget to thank you.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Joshua 24:15  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

Douay-Rheims Bible But if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

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Avatar the Movie

Last night I went and seen my first 3D movie Avatar.  I was entertained as I escaped into another world of fantasy and I think it will appeal to those guys who like to watch action fighting movies and to the gals who like sappy love stories.  It will also appeal to the spiritual side of people who know prayers can be answered and there is always a second life to be found.

Avatar was almost three hours long, had quite a few spiritual over tones to it and the essence of the actual love story in the midst of war was great.  It was a story of love, war, communication, culture differences, nature and rebirth.  Avatar, is about in the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Despite the fact they looked twelve feet tall, their bodies were quite beautiful.  All the women had skinny bodies, another fantasy, right?!  Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.  While there he falls in love as he learns their ways and how to maneuver his new body.  The thought of owning your own flying bird which looks like a colorful pterodactyl is awesome.  At times I thought I might get a little motion sickness while watching it.  It made me laugh, cry and stay on the edge of my seat in all the drama.  You will actually fall in love with these aliens and root for them in the end.

The only concern is knowing the spiritual overtones goes without saying most watchers might not be aware.  In the movie, their tails are powered with a connection of tiny hair like structure that connects to their horses, flying birds, trees etc.  It has much Mother Earth symbols and speech about the planet and the past ancestors speaking to you.  They also speak about when you die, you are giving back to the planet and become one with it.  As a Christian, we know the Holy Spirit is the only power connection we should have.  We shouldn’t go around speaking, worshipping, chanting in the forest to other gods.  We know we don’t talk to our dead loved ones because it is a form of witchcraft called necromancy in which the Bible strictly forbids.  We know we shouldn’t pray to a soul of trees or to mother planet for direction to get prayers answered for we know that prayers are answered through faith in Christ Jesus.  We know when you die, yes your body does return to the earth as dirt, but your spirit will live again in the hereafter called eternity.

Overall, I really liked the movie.  It is fantasy and has a happy outcome in which you will root for the aliens and you will deny your own human race.  Spiritual connection and faith are portrayed and rebirth with a new life brings out a smile on your face when you leave the theater.  My sons, Bryson and Jordan came out squeaking and making noises like the calling of their bird and language in the movie.  We laughed and walked to our car knowing we had a great family time with our 3D glasses on.

Prayer:  Lord you have a way to bring families together.  I always want to view things from your perspective and not that of the world.  I know what is real, and it is you.  You created everything and I praise you for it.  You are my God and the only God who answers prayers and gives us hope for our future.  You are the One who gives us another chance, another life and life for eternity!  I love you!  Jesus Name. Amen

Deut. 6:4-9  Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One.

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The Line is Love

I have had to counsel several marriages during the last few years.  One thing I have learned not only with my marriage but also when helping others is, Marriage takes work, commitment and sacrifice.  When we research the Biblical understanding of marriage, it means to give wholeheartedly to one another showing agape love.  It is pleasing one another.  What happens in most cases, one person usually gives more than the other one which causes resentment and bitterness down the road.  It really boils down to communication also.  If we truly want to obey Scriptures then the fact remains:  Wives choose to please your husband and husband give to the wife as Christ gave himself to the church.  It is a two-way street and giving on both sides.  Both must be willing to obey Scripture and live a Christian life.

As we get ready to celebrate this Christmas, let us remember what love truly means not only in our marriage but also the love God had to send His son knowing that He would die for all of us.  It is love that a man would lay down his life for another.  That is total sacrifice, giving and true love.

Let all of us reflect this love during the season.

John 3:16  For God gave His only Son, that you can believe to have eternal life.

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I Love

Well yesterday I managed to get away with my husband taking items to the salvation army which made me feel better.  We also got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done and going to finish up today.  I am listening to some Christian music and love songs thinking about how God has blessed us this year.  Things have not always worked out what I planned or even thought but God is still good and He knows what is best for all of us.  Why do we let moods control us so much?  Thank all of you who gave me a comment yesterday, it was much appreciated and I don’t feel like I am alone in this madness of Christmas.

I am healthy, my family is healthy and I am in love.  Love conquers all fears, worries, anxieties and all the madness the world can throw our way.  Today I will hug more.  Today I will encourage the grumpy people in line and the cashier who is weary of all the discouraged shoppers.  Today is a new day and I will stand and move forward as the One who lives inside of me and greater than the world.  I shall overcome for I am in love and I am loved!

Prayer:  Lord I thank you for the emotions you have given us.  I am thankful you love us even when we are weary.  You carry me through it all.  I love you Jesus.  Amen.

New International Version Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I John 4:4  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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Love to Hate

This morning I woke to remember several dreams last night.  The dreams consisted of being a soldier in some kind of war.  It was somewhere in the years of 1940s.  It was quite strange riding on a boat, trying to save people and feeling safe.  All throughout my dream I was happy and never seemed fearful as though I already knew the outcome of this war.  War is always chaotic but my war in my dream was not.  I never had to fight, just pull people to safety.  I smiled to myself while getting out of bed and asking God, “what the heck was that all about?”.  I love it when I dream and I love to pull out the meaning.

Any type of vehicle is a form of ministry.  I was on a boat.  Saving people speaks for itself, for I love to encourage people to leave the mess of a world behind and come into peace and rest through Jesus Christ.  Of course you see where this is going, I already do know the outcome of this war.  Jesus is and always will be victorious and it is He who has fought this battle.  I don’t have to fight what he has already conquered.  Many times my mind races to the next adventure in my dreams and also in reality.  Sometimes the adventure is weary and I may struggle within but then there are times when there is happiness.  It is the time when we feel heavy or complexed about an issue is when those times we depend upon our God to carry us and save us.  We cannot always be happy and carefree for then we will not want to depend upon Jesus but on ourselves which only leaves us lonely.

We must learn to love to hate.  Think about this statement.  Love to hate sin.  How can we train ourselves to hate sin?  We must first learn to love.  Love Jesus with everything that is within us.  Love Him in a way that surpasses all that may come our way.  Love in a way that it reflects Him living inside us.  He is the resurrection walking in our body, our flesh.  Every time you move, or speak, or grasp or walk, it is Christ.  We must love, be love and show love.  Once the love is within, we must hate every part of sin that tries to take over our minds and our flesh.  We love to hate.  We must love to hate sin.  You cannot stop the sin unless you love.  Love only comes from knowing Jesus in a relationship, not through service or works.  It is faith of Jesus walking within and living within and doing what He wants.  Only then can we accomplish to hate sin or to conquer it.  Love cast away all fear.  Love gives us peace and rest.  Love is just an attribute of living, working, eating and breathing Jesus inside us.  We must learn to let Jesus move inside our body, soul and mind.  We must love to hate.  We must love Jesus enough to allow Him to live within us and it is only then we hate sin enough to where it has no part in our lives.  This seems simple but yet we struggle to know and understand this concept.

Here is today’s exercise:  Stand up and take a deep breath.  Imagine Jesus standing right in front of you.  As you are breathing in, Jesus suddenly turns into vapor of spirit form.  He moves toward you and travels into the air of which you are breathing in.  As you stand there and breath out, an ugly vapor creature is blown out from your soul.  It falls as a dead man at your feet.  It is then you have realized Jesus is living on the inside of you.  The creature is self, it is sin, it is the old man.  Lift up your hand and look at it.  Can you feel the power which now moves it?  You are the costume in which Jesus now resides in.  He is the one on the inside operating your body as a glove.  We are the body of Jesus.  Everywhere you go, eat, breath, sleep, touch is Jesus.  Allow Jesus to use you to show His love and caring ways.  Don’t go pick up the dead creature and resurrect it to be put back into your body.  You must love to hate.  Love Him enough to be like Him and then the hate of sin will manifest.  This is when you find true peace.

Prayer:  Lord sometimes we forget who and what we have living on the inside and we forget that it is you who fights the battles of life for us.  When we realize we cannot conquer life itself and that we must depend upon you to love to hate.  Help us all to know you in a way we will love and know your love and share your love with others.  In Jesus name I pray, amen.

John 8:12 New International Version
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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Introducing Mercy

Have you met Mercy yet?  Mercy is often given to those who ask for it or received by those who don’t deserve it.  Mercy is something that will last forever and must be the baton passed on and extended to others.  Mercy is an attribute of Christian living.  Mercy takes place in the heart.  The heart will display what is on the inside, our true self.  Sometimes we as people want to hide our heart and not let anyone see because of lack of trust or fear of rejection or hurt.  However, there will come a time when mercy plays an important part in all of our lives whether we are the giver or the recipient.

We often here the words, “Lord have mercy” as an exclamation of words when talking about someone.  Mercy is the compassionate care for others whereby one takes on the burden of another as one’s own, this is a free gift, with no mutuality either implied or expected.  To have mercy on someone is to take away their pain, to help end their suffering.  It is showing compassion, kindness and forgiveness and it is being thankful.  Mercy is also related to grace.  Mercy is not getting what you deserve because the punishment is withheld.  Grace is getting what you don’t deserve because it is unmerited favor.  In other words, mercy is like a judge finding you guilty of a crime and rewarding you with Grace of thousands of dollars.

Forgetful as we are, things must be often repeated to us.  By mercy we understand the Lord’s disposition to save and set free those whom sin has captured.  This mercy has been from everlasting, and the effects of it will endure for ever, to all who are interested in it. The Lord continues equally ready to show mercy to all who seek for it, and this is the source of all hope and comfort.  It doesn’t matter what you have done or what the past has dictated to our lives today.   Mercy has followed and covered our past.  Through the blood of Jesus Christ and the mercy of God everything we have ever done is done away with just for the asking.  This is mercy and grace applied.

If we put into action to be like Jesus, through Him, and in Him, and give mercy to others we can change the world into a much better place.  We don’t have to look for mercy, for mercy is all around us and needs to be introduced through us.  Mercy is love and His love never fails and never ends.  Show mercy, show love and you have shown Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord, I work on displaying your love by displaying your mercy and grace.  Thank you for helping me understand these two things are entwined together.  I pray as we say we are of love that we show we are about your Kingdom by displaying your mercy and grace.  In Jesus name. Amen

Psalms 136:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. New International Version O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. American King James Version

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Snap or Bark

Have you ever seen anyone just loose it?  We call it “snap” or “bark”.  It is when a person is under such pressure because of circumstances in which they cannot change, or letting upsetting things mount up and then explode.  This is how you tell if a person is spiritually mature or not to handle the hand in which we are dealt for the day.  When I see someone so call “snap” about something, then I know they are under some type of pressure that was not planned.  When they snap, I also realize they have not been keeping focus on the main thing in their life which is their relationship with Jesus.  We all have those bad days and we all snap at times.  When this happens we don’t care who sees us or who hears us bark.  We don’t realize there are people watching us, our children watch us and repeat the same emotion when they themselves are under pressure.  We must learn to stop the madness of a distorted view of Christian lifestyle.  

With all of the pressures of life and the daily grind of our own complex scheduling, we sometimes go full force with a busy lifestyle.  I cannot imagine just laying around all day watching TV or nothing to do.  When Jeff and I have a free day or night, we sometimes just look at each other and don’t know what to do with ourselves.  It is not very often where we have one of those days unless we plan it.  Everyday there is always something to do, however we must plan and keep our focus on the main thing.  Even with the business of keeping active with church, people, work and children or home, we must discipline ourselves to daily word and prayer.  We must fight just like everyone else spiritual battles and self nature.  We are no different.  There will be many things that try to distract us and get us off track of showing the love of Jesus Christ. This could be one of those snapping times.   It could be the boss who decided to be grouchy to you for no reason at all or it could be your child who suddenly got sick in the middle of the night in which all of these things are not planned or under our control to prevent.  I remember when Spencer’s hip came out of his socket last year while he was playing football.  This was not planned and was such a freak accident, yet through this circumstance, although shaken up as a mom, I remained calm while in the ER.  I could have blamed myself, Spencer, the coach or the other team who tackled him wrong.  I could have screamed at the coach for not taking him in the ambulance or the trainer who said it was just a pulled muscle.  However, this show of emotion of being upset would not prove anything after the fact except my immaturity of controlling my emotions along with my lack of Christian maturity.

When a person barks about a past event in which he could not have prevented there is care of fear and distrust, an emotional sin which only perplexes and distracts the mind.  What is the remedy for this?  Constant prayer and daily fellowship with Jesus.  We must join ourselves with Him daily with being thankful not only for the things in which we have but also for the mercies we have received.  We should value the mercy and depend on Him, which gives us peace.  Barking at others does not bring peace, only distractions.  This type of daily interaction with God will keep our hearts at peace and also keep us from sinning under troubles or situations of life that are unplanned.  We can remain calm under the pressures if we have constant communion with Him on a daily basis.  As believers we are to get and keep a good report for the good things we show not only to God but also to man.  We should walk with the ways of virtue whether our praise is of men or not it will be of God.  Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. It more than outweighs all causes for sorrow.

Prayer:  Lord please help me remember the next time I get upset to remain calm in Your peace and loving kindness.  Let me continue to show Christian maturity with my emotions and be thankful for you always showing mercy to me.  Even in life’s daily unplanned situations, I will remain stable and will keep my snapping under control because you live with me and are greater than all distractions and circumstances.  In Jesus Name. Amen

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.