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February 2, 2009

The Love Dare: Day 6

Love is not Irritable
February 1, 2009
Irritability...one of the easiest bad moods to slip into. How simple it is to get bent out of shape about the simplest, most pointless things. Irritability is the opposite reaction of love. To be irritable means "to be near the point of a knife." Not far from being poked. People who are easily irriated are ready to over-react at the drop of a hat. The trait we should practice, is not taking out our frustrations and irritations on our spouse. Love doesn't get mad, angry and upset unless there is a legitimate and just reason...in the sight of God.
"A Loving Wife is not overly sensitive or cranky, but exercises emotional self control. She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleasantlyduring prickly situations."
There are 2 Key Factors that cause Irritability:
1. Stress: it weighs us down, drains our energy and makes us cranky. There are 3 different kinds of stress...Relational (caused by arguing, division, or bitterness), Excessive (caused by overworking, overplaying, and overspending), and Deficiences (not getting enough rest, nutrition, or exercise)
Life is a marathon...not a sprint. And I am one of the worlds worst at remembering this. It's something that drives Josh crazy. I feel like I am at home, Josh works, so I should have things done when he gets here. The days Noah doesn't feel good or is cranky and I can't get everything done, I feel almost like a failure. It's one of the big things God is working with me on...letting him be in control and taking time to relax.
The Bible gives us a few ways to avoid stress:
1. Let Love Guide our Relationships (Colossians 3:12-14)
2. Pray through our Anxieties (Phillipians 4:6-7)
3. Delegate when we are overworked (Exodus 18:17-23)
4. Keep the Sabbath as a true day of rest.
2. Selfishness: When we are irritable, the heart of the problem, is usually a problem of the heart. The 4 main acts of selfishness we experience: Lust, Bitterness, Greed and Pride.
We can never be satisfied by our selfish nature.
"Love will Lead you to forgive instead of holdinga grudge, to be grateful instead of greedy, to be content rather than rushing into more debt. Love encourages you to be happy when someone else succeeds rather than lying awake at night in envy. Love says 'share the inheritence' rather than 'fight with your relatives'. It remids you to prioritize your family rather than sacrifice themfor a promotion at work. "
Todays' Dare:
Choose today to react to tough circumstancesin your marriage in a loving way instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list of areas in your life where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivationsthat you need to release from your life.
I am actually in the process of prioritizing my time and making out a schedule for my days. I feel like, even though I get some things done, there is better ways to spend my time. Not in the essence that I am going to kill myself trying to get everything done at one time, but to space things out and do a little each day. Especially when it comes to cleaning. Josh and I are also both making more time in the Evenings to spend studying scripture and praying together.

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