Are you often exasperated?
Or maybe upset, provoked, annoyed, disturbed, embittered, excited, incensed, infuriated, peeved or vexed?
How about aggravated, angry, needled, nettled, piqued, rolled or roused?
Perhaps ticked-off, driven-up-the-wall, someone constantly under your skin, maker of waves, patience being tried, or worked up?
Did you realize there were so many words to describe such a destructive emotion?
How do you react when the exasperation comes knocking? Do you lash out in order to make yourself feel better? Or do you lean on Jesus to get you through?
Try committing these passages to memory so they are close at hand when you need them.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8 NIV
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9 NIV
…because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:3 NIV
…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31 NIV
My prayer is that you live a life free from being exasperated.