1. Yes! I can relate to the previous “trigger”. I was going to say, a big trigger for me is when my plan gets changed (or there was a miscommunication), and now I’m SURE the kids are going to start acting up (because they’re going to get hungry or bored). Or when I have stuff to do (and I need [aka really want] to get it done NOW).
    I wish I could recognize that I am growing dangerously impatient more easily! I don’t know what the first signs are.

    1. Sarah —

      One thing I started doing when I was first taking the “Complaint-Free Challenge” was keeping a journal of when I “blew it.” I’d briefly describe what happened that led up to the “blowing it.” Over time, I was able to see patterns.

      The journaling wasn’t for the purpose of stopping anything…just growing in my awareness. Once I was aware, then I was able to start focusing on change.

      For example, the sliding door to the downstairs bathroom jams SO easily it used to make me totally nuts. I’d be stuck inside, trying to get it open, to no avail. Once I recognized that 99% of the time my way of trying to open it did NOT work, I started testing new ways — top, bottom, light taps, strong shove, etc. Finally found the right combination, and now I rarely get stuck in there. But it took journaling for me to realize that that door was one of my triggers and that it jammed with such predictable consistency!

  2. Anonymous says:

    ^—Crafty Mama 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    I get grumpy when I have a lot on my plate for the day. If anyone interrupts me from my “important” to-do list, I snap! Which is ironic, because the to-do list is usually full of things to take care of my home and make my family happy. It’s a vicious cycle I’m trying to figure out how to get out of!

    1. LOL! This reminds me of when I was sewing a dedication gown for my daughter…she was 3 months old at the time…and I kept getting so frustrated that she needed me because I had to get this done so I could dedicate her to the Lord properly! I think He’s made some progress with me in 20 years… 🙂

  4. Total strangers who correct my spelling on Facebook. (Even when they’re wrong.)

    Putting heart and soul into a ministry event only to have complaints about the most insignificant details like…whey didn’t you serve eggs today?

    I want to be so filled up with the Holy Spirit that there is no room for the Choleric to get annoyed!

    1. Adelle —

      I’m horrified by the first two sentences…deeply moved and challenged by your last one.

  5. Your post today was perfect. I can so relate to everything you said.

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