Spiritual Practice


Jennifer Bushnell, 17

In February 2012, there was a shooting at my school. Soon afterward, I believed I had forgiven the shooter, and I prayed for him every day. Nearly a year later, however, I began to get emotional about everything. I took offense at every little thing my friends said. When life didn’t go my way, I got angry; I wanted to scream and throw a temper tantrum like a little kid.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

When my feelings got out of control, I realized that I needed to do something about my anger. I began to pray; and after a few weeks, I noticed that I was stopping to think before I got angry. Instead of letting myself reach the point of anger (or tears), I started listening to music and thinking through the situation to help me calm down. (I only listened to upbeat music that I knew would put me in a good mood. “Good Morning” by Mandisa always helps.) Later, I would go back and address the situation to make it better. Most important, I began to rely on God to help me with my weaknesses and to make me stronger. Now, I always remember Matthew 19:26b (NIV): “With God all things are possible.”


REFLECT: What practices help you deal with your anger?

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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