(Danielle, this post is dedicated to you for your sweet reminder that I need to be better at posting :-)
One beautiful Sunday afternoon my husband, daughter and myself were riding to the mall for lunch following an awesome service at Open Door Ministries. I was riding along feeling happy and at ease as I posted "feeling blessed" from my blackberry on facebook (no I wasn't driving Oprah). Almost as soon as I hit "send" I yelled at my hubby to watch out because the driver in front of us slammed on their breaks to turn into the mall, of course my hubby responded that he'd already seen it and he had it under control. Our attitudes went from content and peaceful to tense and snippy in literally two seconds. From that point on we were quiet and on edge with one another the rest of the day. Even my daughter informed us that we should not be arguing, oops... note to self, don't argue in front of the kids, pretty sure I've heard that one in some parenting book somewhere!
Why does this happen? How can moods go from good to bad so quickly? How should we have handled this situation?
The fact of the matter is the enemy sneaks in any chance he gets, we have to be on guard at all times. I wish I could say that I am like God and always "slow to anger, abounding in love." Psalm 103:8 God is referred to this many times in the Bible, why can't we be more like Him instead of being quick to anger and abounding in hate. Yes, I used the word HATE because when we do not love we hate. I love and adore my husband, I would never want him to feel hatred from me but I bet he did on this particular afternoon. Not only did he more than likely feel hatred from me my daughter witnessed it. I was not a very good example for her and what I pray she will be like as a wife one day.
As I sit here pondering this I am motivated to respond better. I am encouraged to persevere through irritable moments and come out at least trying to maintain a positive attitude. I understand life is not always rainbows and sunshines, I so know that. But like my mom has told me my entire life, our response is what makes or breaks the situation at hand.