St. Francis de Sales once said, “Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart back to Him quietly and simply.”
Quietly and simply. This is much easier said than done sometimes. Anyone else agree?
While I do try to never discipline my children in anger, and while I try to keep the joy of Jesus, joy of Jesus down in my heart… I fall short.
We’re all human and we’re all going to make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we have a free pass to throw in the towel when it comes to reaching perfection.
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:48.
I made a commitment to myself several weeks ago, that I was going to learn to control my anger once and for all. No more snapping, yelling, or impatience – that was the goal. I grabbed a glass jar and a bag full of pebbles. Each day that I succeed in being only kind, merciful, and peaceful all the way until bedtime, I get to place a pebble in the jar. This doesn’t mean I never raise my voice if a child is in danger or if I’m calling children in for dinner. But my husband and children decide if I’ve earned my pebble to hold me accountable.
There are times when my voice needs to be firm, but my goal is to always transition rapidly from any sinful anger to mercy. I know there’s righteous anger, and that’s not what I’m concerned about. I’m talking about overcoming sinful anger and replacing it with mercy, which is another name for LOVE.
When I earn 17 pebbles, I purchase an Our Lady of Mercy scapular for someone who would like to start this beautiful devotion. Why 17? I decided that a pebble would be worth a dollar towards the purchase of a scapular, and the scapular plus shipping comes out to about $17. Ha! No other reason. But I have heard it takes 17 days to break a habit…
I have earned a couple of scapulars for my friends, and I’m starting fresh today with an empty jar. Would you like to join me?
Use your $17 that you earn towards spreading devotion to Our Lady of Mercy – or for whatever you’d like. More peace in your heart and home is guaranteed.
Reply “I’m in!” in the comments section below to sign up for this challenge. And if you’d like for me to send you a free scapular when I earn the next one, send me a message on my contact page and say “I’d like a scapular!” – I’ll send one your way.
If you’d like some help along this journey, request your free 17 Day Anger to Mercy Challenge printable here with inspiration and a progress chart to keep you motivated each day.
Remember, it’s okay if it takes you longer than 17 days to get all of your pebbles in the jar. And stay tuned to this blog for more motivation on moving from anger to mercy in your heart.