Who You Calling Crabby?

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Five minutes on one prompt. We silence the critic and the audience, we make peace with our mistakes and our word tense that goes in and out when we type fast. We don’t overthink or edit or make a fuss. We just believe words spilled are worth something even if they come out like madness. Join us? –Lisa Jo Baker

Today’s prompt: HANDS

I bought this cute little pajama shirt for our son at a local consignment store.  No bottoms with it.  But, that is okay…for a buck…I loved the message on it…”Who you calling crabby?”  It has a soft felt crab on the front, and our son loves it as do I.  I’m the one that needs that message…”Who you calling crabby?”  I often look at our kids or hear or kids fussing and get fussy myself.  My claws open up…I become crabby right back at them.

Or, I am crabby and then they become crabby.  It is amazing what one person’s attitude can do to others.  Our family has stress…big and small.  All families do.  How we react is how the tone is set.  I find that when I feel the “crabby mom” coming out it is best to step to another room.  Or stop.  Say a prayer.  I try to hold my tongue.  It is SO hard. 

Hard shells cover crabs on their outsides.  God made them that way.  Hard shells on us…we make ourselves that way.  I challenge myself and you today to reflect on that question “Who you calling crabby?”  Are you going to be a real crab that has a hard shell and races around the beach of life hiding in holes or doing what crabs do.  Or, will we choose the lighter side…a fun t-shirt…a smile of a child…and soften up our crabby nature for something more endearing.  A mom, a wife, a friend, a child of God that is not crabby but loving…forgiving…and joyful.

Points to ponder.  Five minutes is up.  Time to hit “Publish Post.”

Praying for you today:

Dear God,

You are the Creator of all things.  Circumstances can make us crabby.  Forgive us when we react with hardness.  Soften our hearts for You and others.  We ask you for smiles instead of angry scowls…laughter instead of yelling…and patience instead of snapping replies.  We yield this day to You…five minutes at a time.

Amen.

Genesis 22:15-18

The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”  –The Message
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2 thoughts on “Who You Calling Crabby?

  1. Thank you for your prayer, Jennifer.
    When we think of someone else as crabby, it may often be we ourselves that are in fact crabby.
    I have learned a lot from your insightful observation of the wonderful pajama shirt.

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