yOu mAkiN mE mAd!!!

This is a phrase that our family uses quite often; it originated from a little girl in one of our most beloved pastorates.  I can still see Meghan with her hands on her hips, stomping her foot as the words left her lips. Him stole my money! My Chipper and I were in the fellowship hall with several others as Meg tattled on her brother and when she realized that her audience was more tickled at her storytelling than dealing with her big brother’s thievery, she pointed at us and stomped BOTH feet..you makin’ me mad!!  I doubt Meg remembers her tirade since she was about five years old at the time-but it became a family classic for the Morgans.

I just finished rereading Be Angry but Don’t Blow It (Lisa Bevere) and got a lot of practical advice that I missed the first time I read it.  I have a Kindle, but I much prefer books. I put sticky notes on the covers with pages to revisit and stick colored post it flags to mark pages with significant points. I’m pretty much stingy when it comes to my books.  Anyways the book has text boxes on most pages and I focused on those this time around.  I thought you might benefit from these cliff notes I took for myself.  If you’re a girl (or guy for that matter) somebody is always MAKIN YOU MAD! How do you handle being ticked off without going off?

Lisa’s book says: (her text boxes are red & italicized for my post)

Anger in and of itself is not wrong, but rage and fury escalate it into the dimension of the destructive.

Yes indeed.

Too frequently we live in a constant state of flare-up punctuated by brief interludes of happiness.

Some use this to describe symptoms of  Bi Polar Disorder or Manic Depression. If that’s the case, Prozac will one day be available over the counter because the majority of us can live this way if we aren’t careful. I am constantly dealing with my emotions to avoid the high and low effect.

When you go to sleep upset, you wake up upset.

I usually don’t go to sleep at all if I’m dealing with extreme anger. That’s why it’s so important for us to resolve issues, especially if the conflict is within the walls of our home. My Chipper and I make it a practice NOT to go to bed bitter. TOO many folks die in their sleep and I don’t want to stand before the LORD with a sour look on my face! 😀

Rage seeks punishment or vengeance at all cost

Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.

William Congreve  The Mourning Bride

Don’t you know it! 😀 Just ask that Secret Service Agent’s wife who started the Colombia Prostitute scandal by POSTING pictures of her husband all over facebook. I don’t think she was considering the aftermath while she was slapping those photos up, do you? Positive proof of this poet’s words for real!

Let’s just leave it right there for now and I’ll share some more of Lisa’s book in tomorrow’s blog!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Karla Mesa
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:27:48

    You just made my day with this! Meghan is still very much Meghan, with as much spunk and beauty as ever!

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