Does anyone besides me struggle with self-control? I especially struggle with self-control of the tongue! Anyone hear what I'm saying??
I grew up with doing dishes/kitchen chores with some catchy tunes from Alpha/Omega Publications....along with a host of other songs related to the fruit of the Spirit, one was titled "Self Control". My mother recently purchased a few of these "Old" cd's for the O Show. I found myself humming the self-control song this past Tuesday.
I had a few rough days with the O Show - she was just clingy and rather cranky most of Monday and Tuesday. Al was off on Tuesday, and I really REALLY wanted him to take the O Show and give me a break. We agreed he needed to catch up on the grass cutting due to all the rain...no problem, I said. Grass cutting turned to weed-eating and then the chain saw came out....are you KIDDING me? I'm sitting outside with a screaming baby and he is pulling the chain saw out??? I started quoting the chorus to this song....I was determined I was NOT going to yell at him. I was SO proud of myself! I refrained from yelling at the baby, at Al and myself (he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19. Me, wise?! Oh my - could I be learning something?! God is so good!). It was a difficult few moments, but I got through it. I'm so glad I was able to pull from my past and use these words to help me. Olivia will be hearing these cd's until she is tired of them!!
Self-Control by Mike Milligan (chorus only)
Self control is just controlling myself
It's listening to my heart
And doing what is smart
Self control is the best way I can go
So I think that I'll control myself
And, when the chain saw stopped, Al heard the frantic screams (of the baby, not me!!) he stopped and helped me out. He is so great, and I"m thankful he is so involved.
I Peter 4:7 ...therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
In His Grip,