Legacy has become an incredibly important focus for me in the past year or so. And as it has become more important, the realization that I can shape my legacy, and have an impact on the legacy I leave for my children has focused my reading and my habits. So, I thought I’d start an occasional series here on the blog called What I’m Reading. I’ll be sharing with you the books I’m reading and how they’ve impacted my legacy.
To start us off, I was given a chance to read the book Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions For Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake.
This book is set up for you to read over the course of a month to help you deal with your external and internal triggers towards anger. You could easily use the book as a devotional, or read it through like I did. I would recommend using it in your daily quiet time so you can take the day to ponder the topics and issues that Lia and Speake address in each chapter.
As a new mom who definitely has felt her fair share of short tempered moments, I knew that I wanted and needed to get this under control before Sarabeth gets older and I really have to back pedal because I’ve reacted to her in anger. It wasn’t that I had ever yelled at her, but I had definitely gotten to the end of my rope when she fails to listen, or is getting into all kinds of trouble (dumping her water cup all over the kitchen floor? yup…a quick way to make me lose it a bit).
One of the first things I fell in love with about this book was the dedication. Right off the bat, Lia and Speake write about how identifying our triggers and reacting in the Holy Spirit and not out of anger impacts our family’s spiritual legacy. Just reading this book was going to help me define my legacy!
I was encouraged just by starting this book knowing that it was something that would be helping me continue to define my legacy, and explore avenues I had never considered.
While much of the book addressed older children, there were some things that I resonated with 100% as the mom of a baby turning into a toddler. Lia and Speake took turns sharing their personal experiences with each internal and external trigger and sharing a prayer at the end of each chapter to assist you in giving the issue over the God.
That might be my favorite part of the book. The fact that the women identified with the issues at hand, spoke scripture to the issue, and then reminded us to turn it back to God always.
Even if you don’t feel yourself getting explosive in anger, this book is for you. Even the little things that stress you out or frustrate you impact the way that you speak to your children and how they react to you.
I highly recommend this book as a way to help you begin to define your spiritual legacy. It will impact your thoughts on those triggers that your children seem to ignite every day (sometimes every minute!). Lia and Speake will remind you of scriptural truths that help us daily in our mothering gig.
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