I don't why it is that I can be ever so kind to strangers, friends, and peers, but my inner Madonna takes over when it comes to my family. Please say you can relate! I often take out my frustrations, warranted or not, on those I love the most. I feel the battle inside me every time I start to get annoyed or upset, and I can't seem to stop the Diva from making an appearance, that I inevitably regret. This past weekend, Tim and I got in a little spat; I prayed that I would handle the situation in a Christ-like manner. Well, let's just say I didn't. I let my anger be known, over a really silly incident. Isn't that how it usually happens though?!
For the month of April, I plan to make a conscious effort to be gentle, in all circumstances, despite my impatience and OCD tendencies. Titus 3:2 tells us to " ...always be gentle toward everyone," (emphasis added). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines gentle as "having or showing a kind and quiet nature; not harsh or violent." In order to achieve a gentle spirit, I will pray each morning for God to guide me in exhibiting gentleness, especially toward my family. When I feel that all-too-familiar bubbling tension rising inside of me, I'll pray for God to help me maintain my composure and handle the situation with kindness. That's my intention, anyway =). May April shower us with an overabundance of gentleness!
I'm Ashley Ashcraft,
a military wife and
stay-at-home mama, earnestly seeking the Christ-like life. I invite you to walk alongside me in my quest to raise our children and join the antics of our unpredictable military lifestyle. I pray your heart feels rejuvenated and inspired each time you visit OFH!