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Topic: GRATE (11/19/15)
- TITLE: Grated Nerves With Grate Expectations Cause Great Disgruntlement
By Judith Gayle Smith
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Think exquisitely sharp fingernails on a chalk-dusted blackboard.
Dogs yowling past the midnight hour, encouraged by the moon in its lumbering tour around the back yard . . .
Spring allergy sneezes shaking your miserable frame to helpless wobbles?
Clambering clumsily up a rickety ladder to the uncertain safety of a pitched roof to avoid domestic squabbles?
Scalp crawling with ragged fingernail slashing rips through hopelessly snarled hair - thanks to a shampoo allergy?
Too many Christmas purchasing cajoling by pre-Thanksgiving merchants eagerly drooling for their economic satiety?
Eye horribly burning from cheap mascara, eye-liner, blowing fan, exhaustion or an unbearably, exquisitely painful twisted eyelash?
Maniacal kids screaming like terrified women being kidnapped, causing everyone on the block to call 911?
Forgetting to unlock the gate in the wee early morning hours, missing the mailman with your sweepstakes winnings?
Faithfully regluing a broken treasure - setting it down oh so carefully to dry, and watching it tumble from your shaking hand to the hardwood floor . . .
Growling in bearlike frustration because you can't remember where you put your glasses to read your bible?
Speaking of Thanksgiving . . .
So many annoyances, so many conflicts. If you are weeping over seemingly unsolvable life episodes - stop and thank God that He gave you the ability to produce tears to soothe your tormented dry eyes.
I'm a complainer. I enjoy writing, and like a true Erma Bombeck aspirant, find daily life a truly chaotic mine of inspiration.
Hearing howls and screams? Better to hear than to not be able to hear at all.
Grated nerves, with grate expectations cause great disgruntlement and nasty reactions. As you reach for the calm-yourself-down capsules, chased down by your numbing beverage of choice . . .
Grab your bible instead. Soothe your grated soul with the lubricant of Living Water. Keep your fingernails away from the tormenting itches, and use those same fingers to walk through God's Word.
Raw, exposed nerves are the natural man's lot. Irritants aplenty, neuroticism abounds and often, hearts are broken by words lashed out in uninhibited rage.
We belong to our Risen Savior. Let us face that mental grater with God's grace.
Have your most blessed Thanksgiving, filled with Gods holy Will for your lives . . .
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