Smiley Peace

Thursday, May 22, 2014 Posted by Lezlie Winberry

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“The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  Numbers 6:26

            “Alright, that’s it! Listen up!” It was the end of another non-stop, chatty day with my fourth grade students. Boy, did I need God to turn His face toward me and give me peace in order to walk out the door wearing a genuine smile instead of a frustrated frown.
            Romans 8:6 isn’t the type of verse we tend to seek out, but I believe it holds a key to times like I had today. “The mind of sinful man is death, BUT the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” I could have ended my eruption by revisiting and making the issue of talkative students worse than it was. Allowing it to eat away at me would only bring a slow type of death to my inner spirit. Thankfully, because of God’s Spirit, I practiced self-control.
            I ended my tirade by smiling and calmly stating, “Any questions? Good. Let’s head on home kids.”

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