My Mom recently sent me an email with some sayings I remember hearing as a child. Some she even said, but I won't tell you which ones. I've probably said some of them to my kids, again. not telling.
They are funny now, but as a child or teenager, they were exasperating!
For example, you want to go out with your friends. You lay out all your persuasive arguments for going to your parents and their answer is no. Just no with no explanation. You want to know why not, so you can come up with ideas to counteract their objections. But when the answer to your question why is "Because I said so, that's why!" it is exasperating!
But they knew things you didn't know, maybe some things you weren't mature enough to understand.
In that same way, we can become exasperated with our Father, God.
Like, little children or determined teenagers, we want what we want, when we want it. But God knows things we don't know. If He told us now, we could mess up His plans for us. And, there are some things we won't understand until we are in heaven.
The solution to exasperation.
One scripture I hang onto when I feel exasperated is Proverbs 3:5. When you are in a place of being annoyed and frustrated, trust in God and let it go.
Enjoy following list that Mom sent. Remember a little, and laugh a lot.
I can't credit the writer since there was no author's name with this when I received it. So I ask the Lord to bless them for their creative gifting and the smiles they brought to our faces.
Most of our Generation of 60+ was HOME SCHOOLED in many ways .
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My father taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why ."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"
18 . My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My father taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
25. My father taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
What do you do when you are exasperated? I'd love to hear how you handle those situations. Leave your advice in the comments, it maybe exactly what someone needs to hear.