Ladies, this short article is written with men in mind, but I think it's appropriate for both husband and wife. There are times we have the same feelings of irritation when our husbands ask us to do something, especially when we're busily involved in something we believe to be 'important'. I hope you gain from this insightful short story. Hugs! Miralee
Paying Your "Do's" How to Spell Love with Your Wife
Key Bible Verse:
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19).
Bonus Reading: Ephesians 4:31-5:2
"Honey, would you please—"Before my wife Katherine could complete her request, my thoughts cut her off.What does she want this time? I wondered. I was exasperated. It was Katherine's third intrusion into my schedule that morning.
My thoughts continued. Just because my office is in the home doesn't mean she has the right to butt in anytime with her silly requests. I have work to do!
Inside I was ready to erupt, but I managed to put a cork in it. I offered a weak smile. "What can I do for you, sweetie?"
"I need something down off the top shelf in the kitchen."
I thought, Why can't she use a stool? But I got up from my desk and tended to her need.
That evening Katherine fixed a supper with all my favorites. During the meal she told me how much she appreciates me. "I know I interrupt you sometimes when I really shouldn't. But I want you to know how special you make me feel when you push aside your work to help me with even the littlest things." A big smile beamed across her face. "I love you, Mike."
Boy, was I glad I'd put a cork in it!—Mike Raether in Montana
My Response: Am I letting snippy responses erode our relationship?
Thought to Apply: If I treat my wife like the queen she is, she'll treat me like the king I am.—
REGGIE WHITE (former Green Bay Packers defensive end)Copyright © 2007 by the author or Christianity Today International/Men of Integrity magazine.