March Madness

This time of year we used to have ‘March Madness’ sales promising amazing bargains.

IMG_0228As single mom’s, it is easy to get caught up in the madness of any month.  Do you find yourself angry or just mad with life?

For me, sometimes I was just plain mad.  I questioned why life was this way. Fear of finances and unknown decisions from my ex were a burden.  The fear of being alone for the rest of my life sent me into a panic.  Have you had those thoughts?

On a positive side, being mad without sinning can help us to tie our shoe laces tighter and March On and March Forward (see previous blogs).

My caution to you, dear ones, is the negative side of being mad.  It loses perspective for a better life leading to a life of resentment.

Anger can be determent to one’s health.   The website www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au says that “Anger is a powerful emotion. Uncontrolled anger may cause increased anxiety, high blood pressure and headaches, and trigger fights or abuse.”

This is certainly not a positive alternative. It isn’t to say you will never be mad; however, the Bible encourages us not to stay there.

Ephesians 4:26 (CEV) “Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry.”

Begin to let go of anger and make steps for the good of your family. You might be saying, Yah but Linda, you don’t know my situation.  I don’t.  I am truly sorry for your pain.

Stamping my feet and wondering why God wasn’t answering me NOW didn’t help one iota for me.  I had to take charge of my feelings and be a positive influence on my kids.  If not, it would have lead to unwise decisions.

Life was unfair! I was tired and lonely. I felt like an octopus with so much responsibility.

When issues came up, I had to ask God for His perspective. There were moments of silence and the situation didn’t always change.  I had to trust that He would help me.

ID-10021187I challenge you to search the Scriptures yourself so God can touch your heart and filter it through His own.  He knows the injustice and burdens of your life right now even if you can’t see a solution.  I had to claim verses like

Psalm 37:7-8 (CEV), Be patient and trust the Lord. Don’t let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things. Don’t be angry or furious. Anger can lead to sin.

Surrendering my feelings of Madness and trusting God wasn’t easy. Was it right? Absolutely! As I released my anger, healing begin. It was a conscious effort on my part. Give Him your anger, He will help you.

Stores may advertise March Madness prices but giving God your madness has no price tag. It is priceless for healing.

ID-100169204Open your Toolbox.  Crank it open!

  • What makes your anger boil right now? It is best to take it off the burner to cool.
  • Is your negative anger affecting your kids?
  • Consider counseling to gain perspective and healing.
  • What are some steps to live a positive lifestyle?
  • Ask God to filter your anger through His heart.
  • Memorize Psalm 37: 7-8

YOU CAN DO THIS!

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