Controlling your anger is important – ask Moses

Go-ahead-get-angry-but…-360x375Losing your self-control in the heat of the moment can be disastrous. Remember Moses? Here he was again with the people whining and complaining of thirst. It wasn’t the first time. God had provided water before and he would do it again. But Moses had had it with the people and his frame of mind was about to get him in trouble.

Moses was so caught up in his growing anger, that he missed the change in God’s instruction.  God said, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and TELL the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” Now, a couple of things are going to happen here. Moses is going to take the staff from the Lord, and he and Aaron go gather the crowd. By this time, Moses has pretty much had it and says to the crowd, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then disaster strikes. Moses lifts up his hand and STRIKES THE ROCK with his staff – TWICE.  The water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. Everything’s fine. Right?

We know what happens next. Everybody thinks that the striking of the rock was the only offense. But something else happened as well. Yes, Moses was in disobedience when he struck the rock. However, because of anger and pride, he took credit for what God had done (shall WE bring water for you). God’s response, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold ME as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” After everything he had accomplished for God, Moses blew it in an instant.

Many have said that God’s punishment was too harsh. How many times have we spoken to someone in anger and then told them, “I didn’t mean it.” Yes you did. The Bible tells us in Matthew, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Whatever is in our heart, sooner or later, is going to come out of our mouth. Remember, God sees our heart. That was the problem. Moses’ words revealed his heart and it cost him everything. Don’t let words and actions in the heat of the moment cause you to lose everything.


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The main story, Looking for Butch, tells the story of four friends and their antics and mishaps. These ladies are invited to get together to read a new book. Since they do this frequently, they looked forward to an evening of food, wine and friendship. They were not prepared, however, for a book that was written about them.

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Mending Family Bridges

Originally published with The Wellspring Collective

Relationships are difficult. Some of the most difficult are family relationships. Within a family are many and diverse personalities, and they do not always get along. Ideally, family members love each and have a responsibility to each other. However, many families are very “clickish”, causing confusion, discord and division that permeates the entire extended family.  Unless the person is a serial killer, “good riddance” is never a term that should be acceptable to a lost family member driven out by his or her own misdeeds, or another’s hate.


Should we become a blended family?

Dear Sylvia:

The man who I have been seeing wants me and my six-year-old daughter to move in with him. While it would be nice to be able to save some money, I’m not sure that this would be a good idea. He has two children from a former marriage. They are eight and nine-years-old and are both girls. We have most of our evening meals there, and I cook.

The problem I am having is that his house is always a mess, his girls fight a lot, and his ex frequently “drops by”, unannounced, to see the girls. Her attitude toward my daughter and me is usually hostile, and he does very little to defend us.

He’s been hinting at marriage. It would be nice not to be a single parent anymore. Do you think we should go ahead and move in with him?

Wondering in North Carolina


Should You Move in Together?

“If you think you know someone, live with them and you’ll know for sure!” — Jamie Arnold

You and your partner have been exclusively dating for a while now, and see each other every day. You are always together and cannot stand to be apart. Your stuff is at both places, and saying goodnight to each other on the phone seems so impersonal now. The answer seems simple, move in together.  Not only will you be together even more, but look at all the money you will save. Only one rent to pay, sharing expenses, and not having to drive back and forth between residences. This is definitely a win-win situation, right? Before you rent that moving truck, you should consider a few things.


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