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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 29, 2011 - The Spirit's Gentle Leading

By Geff Mastro

During a recent verbal exchange with one of my daughters, I felt angry at her continued disrespect. I was very tempted to let her know exactly how I was feeling, but instead I held back.

I’ve been trying to be more aware and in control of my responses lately, especially when I feel anger over something I may be perfectly justified feeling angry about. Though I know it would be very easy to verbally let our children have it when they’ve invoked the anger of “almighty dad,” that response does nothing to point them toward better behavior or righteousness. It’s actually lopsided. It shows them only judgment and not grace.

Recently I was reading in my devotions that “he who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:27, NASB). Quite convicting when you actually think about it, since it infers that if you don’t restrain your words then you have neither knowledge nor understanding. Ouch!

When I reflect on this and get honest with myself, I realize I am often quick to say things that blow off steam and make me feel better, rather than quieting my mind and listening to what the Spirit wants to say to me about how to handle a situation (kind of conceited to think that my way of handing things could be better than the Holy Spirit’s). How ironic also that we as parents often fail to show restraint and listen to the Spirit’s gentle leading, when attending and listening to instruction is the exact thing we want our children to do.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.



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