Today is Day Nine of “The Respect Dare” and we are discussing how extending grace and overlooking offenses honors God.
“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult” ~ Proverbs 12:16 NIV
Yesterday, I confessed my failure in this very area with my husband the night before.
But, he isn’t the only one I struggle with in this area. Because I homeschool and my children are with me 24/7, they also see more of my annoyance than they should. This is an area that requires balance that I am still working through. Because while I do need to extend grace and mercy, I am also training them in righteousness.
However, on this particular day, the Lord figured I needed another object lesson. And that is (in part) why this blog post is up so late in the day. Please forgive me for the delay.
Our youngest daughter will be 7 in ten more days and has been dealing with a nasty poison ivy rash for more than the last two weeks. It was still spreading this morning when she woke up, so I knew it was time to have the pediatrician help us with stronger topical creams. So, throwing all our other plans for this morning away, off we went into town.
The pediatrician visit went well and we were soon on our way to the pharmacy to get her prescription filled. The place was empty. Maybe three cars in the lot and one other person in the store. They told me it would be at least an hour wait! This has become a common theme at this place and is highly frustrating when a trip into town already means at least 45 minutes each way, in addition to the time our errands in town take. I was not pleased with this plan.
However, instead of getting angry and spouting off in a most ungodly manner to the pharmacy tech, I instead asked if they could please be sure it was rushed, as I had three other children waiting at home and that I would run an errand across the street and be right back. I could have chosen to be angry and react in that anger. I chose to be angry, but not react in it. I also took the time to pray for the poor staff that didn’t ask for the budget cuts to affect their lives or to bear the brunt from customers who were likely just as frustrated or angry as I’ve been.
What are some ways that you can extend grace to your husband? Would he say that you typically overlook an insult or that you are hotheaded? How about the rest of your family?
Heavenly Father, yet again, I thank you for the humbling object lesson that you provided me with for today’s dare. I was even more blessed that my youngest daughter was with me and could have the opportunity to see mommy be frustrated and yet not act in sin. Thank you for helping me to keep my tongue in check and for being able to rejoice in the midst of my schedule change.
I pray that you would continue to guide each of these days with plenty of opportunities to serve You more fully and to be an example worth following.
I also pray that you would help me to be more diligent with my time to get these posts up earlier and my quiet time earlier so that they are not put off until later in the day. I always feel so out of sorts when I’ve not been refreshed by time with you before my day goes to complete chaos. Thank you for loving me more than I could ever imagine and for changing me daily to be more like You. Please touch each lady who is doing this dare along with me and I thank You for each and every one of them.
In Jesus’ Name… Amen!
If you are just joining us, I am doing “The Respect Dare” 40 day challenge along with the ladies at Unbroken Woman and others.
I pray each of you have a great day and also make sure you are visiting The Unbroken Woman to enter to win gifts and be entered to win the Kindle Fire. Check out the following two links specifically:
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DAY 9 STUDY LEADERS’ LINKS
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Godspeed… ~ Tiffani