Impatience turning into Anger

In looking back in my journal over the last year, I saw a lot of references to being impatient, and that impatience turning into anger. I looked for clues to see what I was impatient or angry about, but there weren't many there; just snippets of phrases and alot of angry faces drawn on the pages. Random entries:

"Anger and bitterness tend to make us break our commitments, not get better at them." Nicole Johnson

"I open my mouth to scream, but no one hears for there is no sound. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong." Ann Kidd Taylor

For me, it was a three to four year period of being angry and impatient with just about everything around me. My husband, my son, even the dogs could at any moment set off an invisible trip wire. I had no idea where this was coming from, and prayed alot for them to change so they wouldn't upset me. The breakthrough came when I started to pray for God to change me, not them. He began to show me areas where I was lacking; not spending time with Him in the Bible, not asking His direction or seeking His guidance about my next step.

Slowly, because I needed to be slowed down first, He began to speak from His Word.

"You have no part or share in this ministry because your heart is not right before God." Acts 8:21 "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:...hatred, discord,....fits of rage..." Galatians 5:19-20 "Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God." Romans 8:8

I started to see my sin, denying it at first, but admitting He was right, I was not in a Godly place. My prayer began to change as I sought His wisdom, His patience, His Image. I found myself getting less angry, less impatient. I started thanking Him for the things I saw around me, little things like finding the time to do art work, or write a paragraph for an upcoming article. He, again, had saved me from a close call, accepting a sinful life as 'that's the way it is'.

I don't think it's a coincidence that DANGER has anger in it.