21.2.15

A sensitive subject this time of the month

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV)


It was very funny to me this morning that this would be the verse of the day. The reason why I found this to be funny was because as I was making my typical morning coffee and feeding my kids breakfast I was trudging around the house like the grumpy old troll thanks to that lovely time of the month all of us women love to endure. 

As I was grumbling and poking at my husband I heard ever so gently, yet with a sense of firmness, this little voice saying "do not sin and excuse it to Pms" 

Wow. We all tend be a little more grumpy and on edge during this time but I've never thought that my behavior was actually making God unhappy. But I'm so glad He woke me up with that thought because it's so true! Sure our emotions and feelings are so out of wack and with good reason but it's true I shouldn't be sinning even when my physical body makes it so easy. I shouldn't be short with my kids, I shouldn't scold and lash out at my husband, and I shouldn't be treating people poorly even in this time. 

I realize this is easier said than done but as I took the time to sit and pray and share my frustrations with God I started to become more patient and more kind. 

We are so quick to see the obvious places where we or others sin and jump on those but I love these moments where God takes the things that are sin that we can't see and reveals them to us. So often I feel out of control when this time of the month comes. Out of control of my body, emotions, and yet I need that still small voice reminding me that I don't need to be in control. Gods got this like he's got everything else. 

A few hours after having this encounter with God I was sitting and opened up my bible app and this was the verse of the day. 

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV)

I always saw the word anger for what it was on surface level and even thought, "well I'm pretty good with my anger lately." But take that word and think about it a little deeper. Like in reference to the feelings we face during this time of the month. I refuse to give the devil a foothold and that includes now even when I convince myself that my behavior is justified by a three letter acronym. 


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