I’m so excited for Ruthie Gray to be guest posting today! I’ve gotten to know Ruthie and absolutely love the humor she infuses into her writing while building up moms to be the best they can be! I adore her. She’s a mom of four (just like me) and knows what it’s like to struggle with mom-anger. She knows the heartache of the empty nest and now blesses other moms with encouragement so they can enjoy the journey.

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What are you waiting on today? A kid to come home (teens/young adults can wear you out)? A husband to return work so you can get a teensy bubble bath and slough off the “crazy”? An answer on a home loan? A kid to JUST GO TO SLEEP ALREADY?

Waiting can make us angry.

Or rather, we can become angry because of waiting.

Which in turn, reveals an issue of the heart.

When I was a young mom, I experienced anger while waiting for God to answer my prayers as I saw fit.

I thought the bottom dropped out of my world when I had to move away from my new home, family, and friends, due to my husband’s job change. My true hope and faith in God was tested and revealed: I did not trust Him or believe He was good.

Not getting my own way (in other words, how I thought life should go), uncovered a deeper sin issue of always wanting to–be in charge.


How to curb anger in a waiting period of life; learning as a mom to trust God's perfect timing and stop taking it out on the family.

Scripture frequently references people who experienced periods of waiting. In Exodus 24:15-17, Moses readied the people and climbed the mountain in order to meet God and receive the commandments.

The Israelites had already caught a glimpse of God – Scripture says,

They saw the God of Israel…under His feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. (vs10, ESV)


The glory of the Lord then went behind a cloud over the top of the mountain.
Moses probably thought, “ZOWEE!! I can’t wait to go in there!”

Guess what – God made him stand and wait for SIX DAYS before speaking and inviting him into His glory.

Now, I hate standing in line at Walmart. One time I waited 45 minutes to check out, but at least I had my iPhone and Facebook to entertain me.

Imagine standing to wait for six days – no books, no phone, no tv, no entertainment whatsoever.

Do you think the wait was worth it? (The answer is yes.)


Let's exercise our faith while we wait and grow some "trust muscles". Through faith in God, we can learn to curb anger in our waiting periods of life.


One more thought. After God invited “Mo” in there, he stayed for 40 days. Now the Bible says that with God, one day is as a thousand and a thousand as one day. So I imagine Mo enjoyed his time up there and hadn’t even an inkling as to how much time had passed.

>>>Meanwhile, down below.<<<

Well…you know what happened. The people got antsy, thought Mo was taking forever, and directed Aaron to make a calf-god because this whole deal obviously wasn’t working out.

God had obviously forgotten, didn’t see them, and had something more important on his agenda.

When we take our eyes off God, we get off-balance and our perspective becomes skewed. Share on X

Waiting takes too long. Waiting on human terms looks like this:

God doesn’t see me.

God’s forgotten about me.

God doesn’t know how hard this is.

God expects too much from me.

God isn’t fair.

And we begin to take it out on our people; snapping, flying off at the handle, erupting all over the family due to our inner discontent.

In his book, The Attributes of God, A.W. Tozer says,


The rule is, if you can think it, God isn’t like that.


We can’t even conceive what God is like, much less why He allows the waiting.

But we do know what Scripture says, and faith is believing the unseen. Trust, faith, hope – those are all traits that are also unseen, yet the evidence of them (or lack thereof) is uncovered when we are tested.

Let’s exercise our faith while we wait and grow some “trust muscles”. Through faith in God, we can learn to curb anger in our waiting periods of life.


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How do I know? I teach this method to a group of moms, and they are seeing wins and overcoming their anger by squashing the power of unbelief!

{Also, as an extra BONUS to the book, we’ve included a beautiful, printable journal with Scripture cards and Thankful cards!}

This book is a small investment to make toward a big difference in the dynamic of your family. Are you ready to take the necessary steps to freedom from unbelief?

You can do this, mom. Knock unbelief on its side and let God use your faith for transformation! I’m praying for you!

So how about you? Do you find your anger sparks more during waiting patterns?


I know what it's like to struggle with anger. As a mom of four and Gigi of two, I've been in your shoes. This is a plan to get you started in the right direction. Won't you join me?

Ruthie Gray is a wife, mom of four, Gigi, and caregiver, living in the sandwich generation and blogging to keep her sanity. When she’s not snacking on plastic drumsticks with her grandson (The Tiny Tornado), or snuggling his sister (Baby Cakes), you can find her coaching other moms on how to raise responsible kids and enjoy them at RearReleaseRegroup.com and Mom Time Out. You can also connect with Ruthie on Facebook.

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