Mama Miller Parenting

Passionate parenting and homemaking.

The Snark…

on August 8, 2012

This is just a note about something that has been on my heart lately. If you read and get something out of it- great. But it is really just meant to remind me and hold me accountable to a change I know needs to be made in myself.

I have come to realize that I have a small creature taking up residence in the back of my head. It is a small ferocious little creature. It is fueled by anger, resentment, and jealousy. It is always ready with a biting word, a sarcastic retort, and a spirit of one-upmanship. It tends to gain power when I am tired or under stress. This thing festering in the back of my brain is known as The Snark.

I think most people, especially parents, are prone to harboring Snarks. We let the little things people say and do get to us. There is a part of our brain that has an automatic negative response to everything. I’m realizing how bad I am about this. Right now I am in the sleep deprived throngs of parenting a newborn and a toddler. Yes, I’m tired. Yes, I’m stressed out and I have a long laundry list of things that aren’t going my way right now. However, these facts don’t give me the right to judge or malign others and their daily struggle.

This is how it plays out in my mind… Someone casually mentions they are tired. This person is not meaning the comment in any hurtful or pointed way but my mind suddenly jumps on the offensive. The Snark starts whispering, “They are tired?! Are you kidding me? I’m the one who is tired. Who do they think they are?” Sometimes these thoughts squeak by the filter between my brain and my mouth and I end up saying these thoughts out loud

I’m trying to remind myself daily that I am blessed, everyone has trials and struggles, and that my burdens would not seem as heavy if I would give them over to my Savior as He instructed. I don’t know that I’ll ever be truly able to abolish that snarky little voice from my brain but I can strive to cage it in and drown it out with praise for my Heavenly Father.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

-James 1:19

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:4-7

A wild Snark.

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