Last week, I shared a challenge to give Grace as freely as we give candy for Halloween. I also revealed my deep dark love of chocolate caramel. So it seems only logical that I offer you some chocolate caramels for your soul.
In my world, dark chocolate caramel sea salted supremes are better than chicken soup.
(2020 edit: updated for readability and graphics)
Sometimes, all I really want is a few blissful moments hidden in the pantry as I savor secret chocolate. What I REALLY need is a mom time out with some caramel for the soul instead.
Chocolate Caramels for Your Soul.
(2020 edit: all original graphics are still here my Pinterest friends! I’ve simply made the post easier to read by making them smaller. I see my blog traffic… I know you’re here. Check out some of my new stuff too.)
Be warned. These chocolate caramels for the soul can be a little salty.
It starts with asking for help
When I am angry and about to lose it, I need help keeping it together. Where does my help come from? God. (see Psalm 121:1-2) There are so many scriptures to stand on when I struggle.
Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble, but fools are careless and quick to act. Someone with a quick temper does foolish things, but someone with understanding remains calm.Proverbs 14:16-17
Lord, I want to be someone with understanding. Help me to be someone who remains calm. Give me the strength to be slow to act and not lash out with my emotions.
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Since God chose you to be a holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.Colossians 3:8,12
Lord, help me to let go of any anger or rage I’m feeling. I don’t want to let dirty language come out of my mouth! I surrender all that ugliness to you. Please help me to be tenderhearted, filled with kindness and gentleness, and patience.
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.2 Timothy 2:23
Lord, let me just walk away. Help me to let it go. Protect me from the foolish and ignorant arguments, even the ones in my own head! I don’t really want to start a fight. Help!
God answers the cry for help
Every time I have cried out to God, he has been there. When I throw myself at his feet and admit that I have nothing left, he fills me with love and renews my strength.
It’s not that the anger goes away. Trust me, the monkey brain part of me wants to keep on being mad. The difference is my choice. The moment I fall at the feet of Jesus, I am choosing to act in love and not in anger.
(2020 edit: It isn’t easy! It takes lots of practice. But I am slowly getting my anger under control. When I originally wrote this, I was in a freefall of depression. It wasn’t until much later that I understood how my anger and depression were linked. I had to address the underlying mental health issue before I could stop yelling.)
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.Thomas A Kempis
This post was originally part of a 31 day series on anger.