So I've been praying. I know this is just a (hopefully short) phase. I know that with diligent, consistent parenting and a LOT of praying, we will move through this and the grass will be greener on the other side.
The kids are all in bed, resting in preparation for a few hours playing at a friend from church's house. I am going to pull out a few books: the Anger chapter of Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges, and The Heart of Anger, by Lou Priolo. Deal with myself first, then the children.
I know I've mentioned it before, but I am immensely thankful that I do not walk alone. That my great God walks beside and before me. Because I'll fail every time I try this in my own strength.
I'm thankful that
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."
And I'm thankful that "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
What do you do when life is trying out your patience and peace? What helps you?