I read this post by Ruth Simons and was convicted.
I struggle with patience and my kids often are the recipients.
She wrote three great, convicting reminders:
1. If I’m stressed and raise my voice, my kids only hear my tone, not my words.
2. Explicit instructions = action; Random barking = guilty confusion
3. You may think you’re saving time by running around while yelling; but, calling the kids together for a team huddle usually proves much.more.efficient.
4. Obedience motivated by joy > obedience motivated by fear.
I repent! God, please help me lower my voice and exercise patience.
HT: Serve Our Youth Network’s Facebook page
Shane Vander Hart
is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC
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