My themes as of late are in response to such trying times and growing opportunities in close relationships in this year.
2020 is not magical or powerful in the number but rather this year introduce many experiences that one has to navigate through.
My personal day to day whether pandemic season or not, includes the exercise of getting rid of all bitterness.
The wise words of the Apostle Paul in the Letter of the Ephesians tells us to get rid of a list of traits, actions, and choices that lead only to death…
Ephesians 4:31-32 New International Version 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
from psychologytoday.com The Cost of Bitterness Prolong your mental and emotional pain—and may even exacerbate it. Lead to long-lasting anxiety and/or depression. Precipitate vengeful acts that put you at further risk for being hurt or victimized—and possibly engulf you in a never-ending, self-defeating cycle of getting even.Jan 14, 2015 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolution-the-self/201501/don-t-let-your-anger-mature-bitterness#:~:text=The%20Cost%20of%20Bitterness&text=Prolong%20your%20mental%20and%20emotional,defeating%20cycle%20of%20getting%20even
For me, I find that this is an ongoing process. Day to day. Why? I am human. I am in close relationships constantly with myself, dear husband and precious five children. The responsibility and power I have is great, so I must wield my words and actions well.
So, today, this is a reminder for myself and perhaps for you. Is there an area where you’ve let anger and rage grow and bitterness seeds have sprouted into these weeds choking out beauty and kindness? It’s not pretty.
The more I see it in me, the more I see it in others and the less I want to see it in me and the less I want to see it in others, especially my spouse and children. I must wield my words and actions to include my wellness and their development. No, I am not the one who holds their very life in my hands but I have a part to play in nurturing and encouraging.
Let it be said when I am gone from this life that I was a woman of gratitude and kindness. I want to get rid of all bitterness so the garden of my heart is flourishing!
My friends, if you didn’t know this before reading my blog: you are loved! You were made with a purpose. God created you with a plan and purpose. You are vital to this world–there’s only one of you. We will feel faint and discouraged in this life, but TAKE HEART… there is hope. You are not alone. God has grace for you. Do you know him? Do you know that you can have his living presence in and through and with you at all times?