How to Deal With Stress Without Anger
“I blew it with my four-year-old yesterday. Her constant whining wears me down.”
“I’m pregnant with my third and the hormones are raging!”
“My older kids fight non-stop, and the baby is headed into the ‘Terrible-Two’s’!”
“I have a stressful job and when I come home, all I see is the mess. It makes me want to blow up!”
“My teenager is stressing me out-I get so tired of the power-struggle!
What do these statements have in common?
What mother doesn’t have stress in her life?
(If you know one, please introduce me. I’ve always wanted to see the 8th Wonder of the World.)
Facts about stress
1.) Stress is a part of life
2.) Our normal reaction to stress is resistance
3.) Resistance in the form of anger gone wrong (yelling, ranting, and the general losing of one’s mind) is called wrath, and
4.) Wrath benefits absolutely no one.
When was the last time you screamed at your kids and your whole environment instantly turned peaceful?
Blowing it does not bring peace.
And when we fall into bed at night, reflecting on the day, we regretfully count the cost.
So how can we deal with stress without spewing our anger?
“WATCH and PRAY, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. ” Mark 14:38, NKJV
Jesus spoke these words in the garden after agonizing in prayer over His looming crucifixion.
He’d left Peter, James, and John to pray while he retreated to do the same.
Yet, every time He returned, they were asleep.
Christ was tired, yet overcame the desire for sleep because He realized He needed prayer more.
The disciples were tired, and did not realize the importance of prayer in overcoming temptation.
This example mirrors our desire to overcome rage towards our people-yet the excuse is “I can’t help it”, I’m just too tired”, or “I’m too stressed”.
Jesus gave the disciples a warning, and recipe for success in overcoming gut-level responses: WATCH and PRAY.
“He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” Mark 14:37-38, The Message
Jesus willingly forgives while offering a strength reservoir beyond our comprehension.
A powerful new resource is available to moms to help tap into that strength reservoir.
It’s an ebook on mommy anger called, COUNT TO NINE; 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger.
As a mom of four, I struggled with anger too. Through mentoring younger moms, I noticed this same pattern-a battle with anger-induced rage. And moms desperate to change.
This new ebook presents nine essential steps to set moms on the road to recovery, offering *Scripture Pillars, Power-Packed Pillar Prayers, a Plan of Action, and much more.
I wrote COUNT TO NINE after teaching this method to a group of young moms. These moms are tracking wins and overcoming anger by implementing Scriptural strategies!
This ebook is a small investment to make toward a big difference in the dynamic of your family. Are you ready to take the necessary steps to freedom from the power of anger gone wrong? Are you ready to pattern positive reactions for your children as well?
Let’s not be naive today, mom! We simply can’t tackle this in our own strength. Let’s STAY ALERT, STAY IN PRAYER, and BE READY for that danger zone!
I’m praying for you!
PS As an extra BONUS to the book, we’ve included a beautiful, printable journal with Scripture cards and Thankful cards, designed by my friend Jessica through her Etsy shop! You will love this actionable, gorgeous addition to the book! Grab your copy today!
Ruthie Gray is a wife, mom of four, Gigi, and caregiver, living in the sandwich generation and blogging to keep her sanity. When she’s not snacking on plastic drumsticks with her grandson (The Tiny Tornado), or snuggling his sister (Baby Cakes), you can find her coaching other moms on how to raise responsible kids and enjoy them at RearReleaseRegroup.com and Mom Time Out. You can also connect with Ruthie on Facebook.
Oh this is convicting! So often we justify our anger with the excuse: “I’m stressed.” I love that strategy of getting intentional about praying. We have an enemy and prayer is our best weapon against him!