So. There’s this thing with women on Valentine’s Day…
For a day that’s all about celebrating love, it can sure take a weird turn for the ugly sometimes.
If you don’t have a special someone, it can seem like you can’t have a good day since nobody is paying attention to you.
(Since this isn’t my experience right now, I won’t say much. Just know that I am sympathetic!)
It can be easy to romanticize being married or dating on this day, because women who have a “special someone” are of course showered with love and attention.
Well, before years fly by, I thought I’d better tell you about our little stop-over in England last summer. Like many of my stories, the ones I keep giggling over are the ones I should probably blog about.
On the way to Albania last June, we had a layover in England. We knew that the stop coming home would be longer, so we didn’t plan to do much besides eat and sleep. That turned out to be a very good thing.
Now wait a second before you get all upset.
Are husbands idiots? No?
Think about how we look at and speak to them on occasion. (Sometimes regularly.)
Could we conclude from the way we give them that glare and eye-roll, or from the thinly veiled disgust in our voice that we sometimes treat our guys like idiots?
Last week I wrote about Marie Kondo and her best-selling “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.
Her methods actually were a little life-changing…they inspired the courage to finally get rid of things that were wasting my time and energy.
But as I have gone through our home getting rid of things, something has come to my mind over and over again.
That little thing called balance.
Have you heard of Marie Kondo and her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“? It has taken the world by storm this past year, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how “magical” some of her methods turned out to be.
At first, it sounded ridiculous. I thought “magic”? Someone has got to be kidding me. The only “magic” would be for us to stay out of the Target clearance section, and off of Amazon long enough for things to subside around the house!
But last fall, I read this little book, and decided to give it a try.
And…things have stayed generally “tidy” all year.
People. This is a miracle.
The longer we live, it seems like the more we recognize the ridiculous effort we go to in order to pretend it’s all about us.
We have God’s written Word to confront this ugliness in ourselves, as well as the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom of other mature Christians.
And still we persist.
But thank goodness it’s not about us!
Art by Shirley Hughes
At times it’s tempting to wonder if the efforts we make to serve our families are worth the trouble.
We might be tired of being relied on for comfort, stability and cheerfulness. Sometimes we want to give up on creating an environment of comfort and peace for our people.