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Friday, August 15, 2008

Faithful Friday

Last night was not a great night in the Chastain household. My sweet almost 9 year old daughter, Miss Malley Shea had a major melt down last night at bedtime. I mean full blown temper tantrum crying, screaming, shouting (for the record this is NOT normal behavior for her). Which let to me getting angry with her for her very inappropriate behavior. Then this morning at 1:00am she wakes me to let me know she has peed in her bed (this has never happened before). Well this really irritates me, first of all I have to get up strip she sheets, clean up the mattress, give her a bath and because her bed is wet she has to sleep with me and Keith. So after all of this, I am mad (I get NO special mommy awards for this). We get settle in bed and I can not go to sleep so I get up and watch the Olympics til 3:00am.

Our 6:00am alarm goes off everyone (even Mason) gets up very well. Each morning while Malley and Mason are eating their breakfast I will read a short devotion to them before school. Well this morning our devotion was titled "NO MORE TANTRUMS" It talked about how we need to control our tempers and not let our tempers control us. So we were able to talk about how we all need to control our tempers (even Mommy) and how in the bible it tells us that it is foolish to become angry and that it is wise to remain calm. So not only did Malley need to hear this but ya know what so did I.

So this morning I just want to say Thank You Lord that you were so faithful to send me and Malley a very timely word this morning on tantrums and how important it is that we control our temper.

Quote from our little devotional book "When you lose your temper...you lose. This quote really stuck with my kids. Cause they sure don't want to be a loser.

12 comments:

The Wild World of Richmond said...

Timely for all of us...nothing like starting back to school and being exhausted. Temper tantrums are common at the Richmond house, too. Not just by underage individuals either...Ken and I both struggle. It's a daily repentance thing. Glad your back!!! We missed you online this summer.

MBJones said...

Amen! We had to leave dinner with family (before even eating) due to tantrums yesterday. Everyone was in bed by 6:45 last night. I am really praying over my little ones and myself to have patience and learn to deal with this in a loving but firm way. Any suggestions would be great.

Tammy said...

yeah....we have em here too. Lately alot of them. But, I will say yesterday was better. The girls and I started our day out praying together. The day before, I had been praying about school, and the Spirit spoke to my heart. Not only do I need to start my day off with Him, I need to start the girls' day off with Him too. Great idea to read a devotion at breakfast!!! Just a note...if she's never wet the bed before, it could possibly be a sign of a bladder infection...cause you know I have a medical degree and all.

jonesfamily said...

The other Jones family needs help in this department too! It's nice to know that we all struggle - And it's awesome for God to give you the word to encourage us all!!

Brad and Shana said...

Okay, I SO need a copy of that devotional. Bryce had several meltdowns himself yesterday. I know it's because he is so tired. It is really obvious that he is worn out. But, I get him to bed at an early hour and he just lays there in his bed playing......this drives me insane. He needs that sleep to have a good day the next day, and he fights it tooth and nail.

Bryce has always struggled with a bad temper, and we pray about it at our family devotion times quite often.

Thanks for being real with us and for being an encouragement!

Bridenstine said...

I hope things are brightening up. Thanks for sharing the devotion. It has a timely place in our household.

Brittany said...

Thank you for being so transparent. You words spoke to me!

Staci said...
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Staci said...

whoops i didnt mean to remove my comment!!

I just wanted to say thank you for your honest heart....it is a blessing and i have a wonderful friend who is dealing with something very similar....this may be a way for her to connect to other moms dealing with this issue!! Maybe give her comfort of some sort to know they are not the only ones!!

Thank you again!!

Jenny said...

I love it when we're able to see God's timely word in action. I struggle with patience as well and needed this too.

Cyndi Lou said...
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Cyndi Lou said...

Thank you for sharing of His faithfulness to you & Malley in spite of your tantrums... He is so good to us!!

Oh, how many times has He been faithful to me in spite of MY tantrums... too many to count my sweet sister!!

Love you girl,

Cyndi