Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day Twenty-Five. Lord, let there be peace in our home.

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge for Wives


"...seek peace, and pursue it." Psalms 34:14b

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3



Well, she wrote this one just for me.

Right off the bat, she directs this toward the reader rather than the spouse they are reading about.

Do I promote an atmosphere of peace?  Do critical words often come out of my mouth?  Do I struggle with anger?

QUIT STEPPING ON MY TOES!!

I mean... Perhaps God really wants to use this.

And today is Thanksgiving.  So I should make a good attempt at being thankful that this is the devotion for today.

Really.  I am thankful.  Because The Husband seeks peace and pursues it.  He really tries to be a calming influence in our home -- and unfortunately he's got his work cut out for him because peaceful is not a word that I would use to describe myself.  I'm sure I can put up a good front most some of the time in public, but home is where the reality is. Home is where the filter isn't used and home is where the gloves come off.  Home is where I show my worst sides, when I need to be offering my best.

And God bless The Husband for having to be the one to live with that, to keep me from freaking out over little things that don't really matter.

Now. before anyone who might be reading this starts to think that I am pretty hard on myself, let me say that I know I am not a total beast.  But I have to be real here, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it takes a very, very strong man to tame me when I am being beastly, and I am just... Honestly, right now I'm completely in awe that The Husband has done it for this long.

My amazing Husband, I know I'm not altogether downright awful, but I know I can certainly act downright awful sometimes.  Thank you for keeping the peace.  For wanting to shift me into a lower gear.  And for not giving up.  I mean, I know we have ups and downs that are more like a kiddie ride than a roller coaster, but still.  Even that can wear on a person after a while.  I am so thankful for the peace you bring in our home, and that you don't contribute to the chaos.

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4 comments:

Home In The Hollow said...

It is unfortunate that more folks don't see this!...:)JP

Eliza said...

Excellent excellent post! You are right "Home in the Hollow", unfortunately most people don't see this and admit to it :)

From Tracie said...

This is what I needed to read today....even from the other side of the country.

Striving for peace. Looking for that lower gear. Letting the chaos pass me by.

MiMi said...

This is so true...sometimes I cause more stress than I would ever think that I could. :( My husband is a little tense at times and I can only make it worse. I need to work on this.