You can read more details explaining how we are doing the dare here at The Love Dare with FirefighterWife.
Love is not irritable
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
Excerpt from The Love Dare Book:
“Why do people become irritable?
Stress. Stress weighs you down, drains your energy, weakens your health, and invites you to be cranky. It can be brought on by the relational causes: arguing, division, and the bitterness. There are excessive causes: overworking, overplaying, and overspending. And there are deficiencies: not get enough rest, nutrition, or exercise. Oftentimes we inflict these daggers on ourselves, and this sets us up to be irritable.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. This means you must balance, prioritize, and pace yourself. Too often we throw caution to the wind and run full steam ahead, doing what feels right at the moment. Soon we are gasping for air, wound up in knots, and ready to snap. The increasing pressure can wear away at our patience and our relationship.“
So on Day 5, there seemed to be a lot of grumpy firefighters running around. And a lot of discussion amongst us wives of how it’s understandable due to his lack of sleep or stressful day at the station. So the above paragraph really helps us to see that. But Day 6 also says this:
A loving wife is not overly sensitive or cranky but exercise emotional self-control.
She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleasantly during prickly situations.
I know we have a tough schedule on Day 6 with 3 soccer games back to back and hubby at the station. It’s likely I’ll get a little irritable towards the kids! Going to make a strong effort to keep this in mind throughout the day:
“I always do my best to have a clear conscience towards God and men. Acts 24:16“
Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.
When have you recently overreacted? What was your real motivation behind it? Share your thoughts below.
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