I knew that little people were going to be waking up and coming into my bedroom any minute now. I was thinking: it's about to get Jerry Springer around here.
So I had a little conversation with God and it went something like this. I told Him that if He would help me, I would agree to smile at the children and be nice to them, only from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and then the rest of the day I would let the grumpiness fly.
When my toddlers woke up and came into my bedroom a little after 7:00 a.m., sure enough I held my arms out to them and hugged them, smiled at them and loved on them. I knew I could be mean at 8:00 so I did fine. Then at 8:00 a.m., I talked to the Lord and said okay God please help me be a sweet, loving mother only from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. today. After that I can act the way I really feel. So I did that hour. At 9:00 a.m. I said, okay God from now until 10:00 a.m. help me not express how angry, fed up and done I am. Just for that hour. I asked God to give me strength and grace for that hour.
On the day went. I did this, every hour, in God's strength, until I put the children to bed that night. I was loving and kind all day.