• Jill Jarrell Newsome


"We keep a potato masher in a drawer because sometimes it’s fun to not be able to open that drawer." I love when social media posts things like that. I have one of those drawers and I should move the problem item but I never do, therefore, I get so frustrated when I can not open the drawer! I have the power to control what goes in that drawer but my "potato masher" is still in the drawer.

We also have the power to control what we allow in our hearts. Looking back I realize that sometimes I put them there for, maybe, safekeeping! You know we can become attached to a problem. I would never want to believe that but I think it's true. The potato masher can be a person, a relationship, a job, a conflict, finances, a health issue, etc. The potato masher grows and magnifies. Before long, when we reach our limit, the frustrations spew out before we know it! Then we feel bad.

We are told that we can guard our heart! Proverbs 4: 23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." This verse also tells us that these things will come out. This side of heaven we are going to have frustrations so we may as well learn how to respond. When we finally get to the end of ourselves, we do find God.

Did Jesus get frustrated? When Jesus heard about his cousin, John the Baptist being put to death, He was devastated. He left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. When the crowds heard where he was headed, they followed. Matthew 14: 14, "When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick." He didn't get frustrated even though He wanted to work through His grief. Jesus used the interruptions for God's glory!

Joyce Meyer said, "Frustration is a sign I am acting independently. The more you try your own way, the tighter the doors will stay closed."


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