When I was a young, stay-at-home mom with babies and toddlers, I was overwhelmed and I remember counting the minutes until my husband came home. Now, I wasn't counting the minutes because I wanted to cuddle with him on the couch. Unfortunately, I counted the minutes so I could hand him his children and let him know what a difficult day I had to endure, and make sure he knew that he was sure lucky to have me. Yikes! Fortunately, not only for me but for my family, a wise friend told me how important it is for our husbands to come home to calm, not chaos and a nagging wife. I was convicted and immediately began to pray that God would change me and make my home a haven for my hard working husband. It took some time but I became determined to make my husband excited to come home. I tried to have dinner ready, or at least in preparation, the kids clean and combed, myself at least showered and somewhat pretty, and the house in decent shape. I also decided that I would do my best to greet my husband with a smile, allow him to unwind, and not try to outdo him with who had the most challenging day. I began to enjoy the challenge of being a joyful wife. As my girls grew older, this became much easier. Sure, we all have difficult days where getting out of our p.j's is nearly impossible, and that's okay. However, which do you prefer? Screaming kids and a nagging spouse who looks like she's never had a brush to her hair? Or a calm home that smells of delicious food and a family that looks happy to see you?
"A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm" (Proverbs 27:15).
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