Lesson 4 might have brought up a few questions about marriage that I wanted to very quickly answer. I’m writing this before any of you have actually taken this course, so maybe I’ll have to add more answers later after reading your comments. So I confess… these are questions I myself have asked — you know, in the shower, when I’m revolting inside against something “unreasonable” my husband wants me to do. 🙂
So is a wife ever allowed to disagree with her husband? In other words, how can I fight a “good” fight with him?
A couple thoughts from Scripture:
- “A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)
- “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:25-27).
- “Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:8-9).
- “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:2-4).
Yup, that pretty much answers my questions in the shower. Hmmm…
Okay – next topic:
As we’re almost to the halfway point of this “Family First Aid” course, I just wanted to ask how long it’s been since you’ve had any FUN in your home.
Why am I asking? Well, if you feel your home is “sick” and needs “first aid,” the Bible gives this advice:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
So take a break from all the heavy assignments for a day or so, if at all possible, and try some of these:
- Have a special meal with your family, including a yummy dessert if possible, maybe some pretty decorations, maybe some candles, maybe some fun music.
- Play some games as a family.
- Tell some jokes or read a funny story together.
- Watch a family-friendly, funny movie.
If you have any ideas along these lines, please share in the comments below! (We ALL need ideas like these!)
Enjoy each other,