Angry or Just Overwhelmed?

0 comments Posted on August 30, 2013

Deborah Smith Peguesby Deborah Smith Pegues

The year 2012 brought the most extreme times of personal testing I’ve ever experienced. My husband Darnell underwent surgery for a life-threating condition; five days later my beloved mother passed away.  Only a week earlier, we had buried my husband’s brother—he was the third sibling Darnell had lost in 16 months. As I faced a publishing deadline, made funeral arrangements, and hosted visiting relatives, my nerves threatened to fray. I found refuge in Psalm 61:2:  When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Here are some specific strategies that kept irritability at bay and helped me to keep my peace and my joy. I believe they will work for you also.

  • Make it a point to worship God throughout the day. Exalting Him puts problems in perspective—Divine Perspective.
  • Ask God, “What should I do next?” Then, make a prioritized to-do list of tasks that will move you forward.
  • Make self-care a priority.  Disable your phones and get some sleep. Also, get out and exercise (even if only for a few minutes).
  • Ask for help and delegate tasks to qualified folks.

30 Days to Taming Anger

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