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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Anger (01/24/05)

TITLE: Anger Replacement
By donna robinson


When I was small I had a terrible temper and I always felt so sad afterwards. When I was 9 I realized that I didn't like feeling that way and became determined to be anger free.

When I look back I am amazed at the techniques I figured out on my own. Till I remember that before I tried to change, I had talked to God about it. Back then I had daily conversatons with God and told Him just about everything about my day. It never occurred to me to stop talking to someone who didn't answer back. I always felt his answers in my heart or in thoughts that would suddenly pop up in my head.

It took months of hard work but finally I had mastered my temper. Before I had spent a lot of time being angry. Now I found I had more time to listen to the other side. I liked the calm feeling that was taking the place of rage. I don't know if anyone ever noticed because I don't recall any compliments and I think I would have backed off and been embarassed if anyone had said something.

I was doing this strictly for me. I found the more I practiced the easier it became. Finally, years later I realized it had been a very long time since anyone made me mad enough to lose my temper. I had learned it simply wasn't worth the effort. Anger cost too much. It took away my spirit.

Any time you eliminate something from your life, you put something in its place. For me it was joy; I loved the feeling of being happy. Children see things in such simple terms. They don't over think a problem, they simply react.

It's funny because I don't remember the techniques I used but I've never forgotten the feeling of how anger made me feel as a child or my desire to leave it behind. I remember liking the person who could stop and think before reacting so much more.

Through the years I've carried this awareness with me. When I have a trait I really want to change, I spend a lot of time thinking about how it makes me feel and how I would rather feel. I talk to God about it like I used to do as a child and it seems between Him and me, we find a way without reading 20 self help books.

When writing this I thought about that old hymn from my childhood, Take It to the Lord in Prayer and years later, it is often still that simple.

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Angie Schulte01/31/05
Very nice article. I really enjoyed reading. Sounds like the Lord has always been with you even as a child, teaching you lessons that you willingly learned. Thanks for sharing!
Karen O'Leary01/31/05
Good start. Let me feel how you felt as a child. Some of the sentences could use a comma especially when you use introduction phrases. Best wishes with this piece. Keep on writing.
Norma OGrady02/01/05
Thank you for sharing this.
Yeshua Bless
neil deo03/19/05
Hey Sister! Two months afetr you submitted this article it has reached my heart. You are a genius... those ordinary ones who do extraordinary things. You did it at 9- walking away from anger. You do not know me but I am so proud of you ... anyway, Jesus did not do miracles in the past only; He is doing it every nanosecond, through you and 9,8, 7... year olds. Halelujah! CONGRATULATIONS... a simple article, loaded with Scriptural Truths through the heart of a child. You made me so joyfulinJesus all over again. Love, Neil Deo.
Sherry Castelluccio 05/03/05
Wow, you did something as a child that I had to take a class for as an adult. I'm very impressed. Maybe I should take a cue from you, sis. Thanks for the wake up call.