a barking dog

Lately, I’ve been realizing how much I sound like a barking dog, and I’m not talking the cute kind. With the girls, I’m constantly barking orders and to-dos, and my tone definitely lacks a certain care and love. It’s exhausting for me, and certainly exhausting for them. Ben’s always reminding me about my tone. I’m seeing how much I need to grow in that area, and I’ve been trying to be more mindful about it this week. I read this last week and it totally rebuked my heart and it’s been my prayer this week…

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.

I’m trying to be more mindful as we go through the school day, and as I remind them of their daily responsibilities. I want to speak with a heart and tone that displays the compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience that comes from Christ. I think part of it is learning how to not rush through moments to quickly just to try and move onto the next thing. I’m growing and learning, just as the girls are. God definitely uses them to show me a lot of my shortcomings and things like this definitely does good to refine my heart.

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  1. I have been too. It is bad. Plus I have bipolar so I am more sensitive in general with the change in my attitude so i keep putting myself in check so that I am calm always.
    I’ve been trying to be more positive, enjoy my children, and give inspiring advice rather than just yelling my mouth off at them to explain their disrespect and all that stuff….ugh. It has been helping. I often will say to myself, “I am a kind mom. I am a good mom. I am slow to anger.” This helps me concentrate on that positive encouragement to myself. Then I say, “Be like Christ. Show them Christ.”

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