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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pleasing God In Your Marriage

Tuesday we were at church for a ladies luncheon. I warned both of my children that I expected them to be on their best behavior and went over the list of no no's - no running, no yelling, no wrestling etc. So my daughter had done quite well and had finished her lunch and it was time for a potty break. On our way back from the potty, we were holding hands and she was closing her eyes and letting me lead her. I told her to open her eyes. In that moment, she let go of my hand and began to run straight at a wall. I did not realize her eyes were still shut - and BAM she ran straight into a cement wall head first!

Then she did the scary cry. The one where they hardly breathe and you just want them to actually cry so you know they are breathing! Then she howled and the site of the goose egg growing on her head scared me! I had mixed emotions - I was sick in my stomach wondering if she was okay. I was sad to see her in such pain. AndI felt frustration that she had disobeyed me and ran when I had told her "no running." This would not had happened if only she had listened to her mother's instructions! I was not pleased!

Do we listen to God's instructions fully? Do we seek to please God by the way we act in our marriage? So many times in marriage we know we should not make that critical remark to our husband. Maybe there's an area that we continually hound them on over and over and over until all of a sudden it's like we hit a cement wall. Our husband becomes angry and lashes out and we are wounded by our husband's response. We may spend an evening crying or praying to God asking him why our husband is so "awful". But do we realize that we were running with our eyes closed! We were disobeying God and should have never been critical of our husband in the first place.

No, it is not right for a husband to lash in anger at his wife - but remember that your contentious words brought out the worst in him. Proverbs says "A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.(19:13)" and "Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(21:9)"

Have you been quarreling with your husband a lot lately? Does your husband act like he'd rather live on the corner of the roof than share a house with you at times. You may blame all your troubles on him - but we wives carry a responsibility to not be quarrelsome. So today, trade your quarrelsome thoughts and words for respectful thoughts and deeds. Stop the constant drip. Create a home with warmth and harmony - Even if your husband does not respond kindly- God will be pleased!

Walk with the King!

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Blogger Morgan said...

I like the analogy of running with our eyes shut. Very true. And the verse about being a constant drip- it makes an interesting picture of what we can be like if we nag our husbands.

Good! You'll have to let me know how it goes for you! Is your husband going to read it too? I started day one the night before last (love dare book). I said something negative yesterday, not horribly, but still... I hope I can make it 40 plus more days without saying anything naggy or negative. It's going to take some work. Hopefully it sticks! I'm hoping my husband will notice a difference as I go through this book.

Have you seen Fireproof?

February 5, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

That was a very good post. It is something I need to think about often, especially since I stay home. I feel like my child is cleaner than my husband. Just like yesterday when I had cleaned all day and the kitchen was spotless. I started feeling bad around 3 and didn't make dinner. When he got home he didn't care that I hadn't made dinner and he made dinner. Later on in the evening I got up and went in the kitchen and it was gross. Food was everywhere and dishes were everywhere. So of course I should have kept my mouth shut but I didn't. So to keep a long story short I really needed your post today.


February 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

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