"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11 (ESV)
A friend and I were recently discussing "those" days...you know the ones where everything that can go wrong does--and does it early in the morning, so that the whole day is affected. As we went back and forth in our conversation, discussing all that happens on those days, we eventually got around to the fact that both of us have a tendency to yell at our children when nothing is going the way we want it to. We both sighed and then laughed. As conversations do, ours took a detour. She asked me about the birth of my little 'Gator (maybe I'll get around to posting that, eventually) and I mentioned that I had meditated on a verse from the OT to get through it (1Chron 28:20), then jokingly added, "Maybe we need to pick a verse to meditate on so we won't yell at our children!"
Sometimes God lets us walk circles around that which should be so obvious to us, then He gently nudges us into it. He knew, from the beginning of time, what this day would bring for me, for you, and everyone else on the earth. And He provided something for us in His Written Word, that if we knew it, if we had stored it in our hearts, would provide strength, purpose, or Peace.
"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."