Be angry, and do not sin.

Unfortunately, last night’s quasi-dinner with Aric, Kori and Riley didn’t work out, at least for me. I got off work much later than I anticipated and, as I was driving back to our place, Jake was driving to our meeting place (George Roger’s Park in downtown Lake Oswego) thirty minutes away. That little mishap was the last thing I could handle yesterday amidst a stress ball week. I have been a total disaster for no real reason at all except trying to squeeze too many things into a short day and not letting it roll off my shoulders when two or more kinks occur. Deep breaths.

Psalm 4: A Psalm of David

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!

      You have given me relief when I was in distress.

      Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?

      How long will you love vain words and seek after lies?

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; 

      the LORD hears when I call to him.

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.

Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?

      Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

 

I love this Psalm because my initial reaction when I’m stressed out is to get angry and become volatile. This is sin when I take it out on my husband, my mom, my friends, or anyone else by yelling or speaking harshly. Verse 4 says “Be angry, and do not sin, ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” When I recognize that I’m upset or angry, the best and first approach should always be to sit in quiet and talk to God about it. He won’t be upset that I’m angry but He WILL give me the peace to “Keep Calm and Carry On” if I put my trust in Him. Ahhh. If only I had remembered this verse last night/this morning/Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday. Oi ve I really have been a mess!

I’ve had half a mocha protein shake and half a piece of almond butter (Maranatha) toast (Dave’s Killer Bread) now off to get a mean workout in. The plan? 45 Minute NTC Get Toned “True Condition” then a short yog outside with the pup. Pretty sure I’ll feel much better after a workout and shower.

So frothy! Can't wait to finish this post-workout.

Did you know "maranatha" means "O Lord, come!" in Aramaic?

Today is going to be a beautiful day, mid 80s and S-U-N-N-Y. I have a lot of to-dos but I’m hoping I can tackle a few while enjoying the sunshine!

See you later this afternoon for some BIG news!

Unrelated picture but no less special : )

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One response

  1. Good reminder that it’s ok to be angry, but to talk it out with God first before messing up our relationships 🙂 Something I’m very guilty of. And what’s the big news???? I’m excited!!

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