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Anger is devastating. Anger in parenting can tear precious relationships apart, crush developing spirits, and discourage emotional growth. I think it’s especially hard for children to never know what will happen next, or how bad their parents’ emotional response will be. I’ve seen anger in parenting wear many masks from cynicism and sarcasm, to irritation and frustration, to full-out wrath and rage. While many of us would easily identify rage as abusive, cynicism in parenting is sneakier and more socially acceptable–yet it, too, can be damaging.
I want my kids to know how much I love them. More importantly, I want them to know the love of God. I don’t want to exasperate them. I suspect you, also, want your kids to grow up in a loving, kind home.
Let’s end that cycle of anger for our kids right now, shall we? We can overcome anger in parenting.
The Bible is full of Scripture on anger. I’ve been reading Israel and Brook Wayne’s new book Pitchin’ A Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, and I love the fact that the book is full of helpful Scripture. We can overcome anger through the strength we find only through salvation, through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. We can actively work toward our own sanctification by washing our minds in the Word, and humbly praying over the issue. To go along with our three-month book club, I’ve created two 45-card printable packs of Scripture memory cards–one ESV and one KJV. I know that when I’m struggling with an issue, I find it really helpful to read what Scripture says about that issue over and over again. I’ve printed the ESV pack of cards for myself, and I’ll be reading through them each day. Care to join me?
To help the words stick in my brain, I color-coded them; the virtues in the verses that I want to display are green, like the flower stems and leaves (for growth). The character traits I want to lay at the foot of the cross are the same color as the flowers on each card. The cards that refer to God’s character are labeled as such just above the flower. You’ll find both sets at the bottom of this post. Take a look at 8 of the cheerful cards you’ll be studying:
Ok, friend. Download those Overcoming Anger Scripture Memory Cards below, and let’s study God’s Word together!
To download your Overcoming Anger Scripture Memory Card Set, just log into your subscriber account, and click on the large link below for the set you’d like. I printed mine on thick white cardstock (this is my favorite because it prints so nicely: Neenah Premium Cardstock, but you can also print on paper and then laminate them. You won’t be able to use the Edge browser to download the cards, as Edge can’t “see” PDFs. If you need additional assistance downloading the cards, you can find that here.