Monday, November 7, 2011

Romancing Your Spouse-Day 6: Patience

Topic for Day 6: Patience
"Love is patient..."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)

Hope you had a blessed and happy weekend.

Thank you for reading this devotional. Please share it with others.

Before we move forward, let's review the opening days of this devotional.

Question for Reflection:
Think about how your spouse reacted to your request to date.
How did you react to their reaction? 

Let's strive to be more aware of non-verbal communication as it
relates to your spouse. One of the major concepts I remember from
a college class on interpersonal relationships is: 
"One Cannot Not Communicate."
(A theory of psychologist Paul Watzlawick)

In other words, no matter how hard we try, our emotions and reactions to others are communicated in some form. It may be through body language, or something as simple as eye contact, or the lack thereof.
A Week of Patience:
This week we'll focus on the first three words of  
1 Corinthians 13:4-8,  "Love is patient."

This is the week we focus on being patient with our spouse. 

Have you been impatient with your spouse recently? If not,
then, skip today's devotional and God bless ya! : )

Think about why you were impatient. Let's tackle something
small first. Perhaps your spouse has a habit, or behavior you
don't like.

Here's how we'll apply patience--don't try to change
your spouse, change your reaction to their action.

Again, find something minor that you can deal
with this week.  For example,
if you become impatient when your spouse...
--doesn't pick up dirty clothes--then you pick them up
--doesn't wash, or clean the house--how 'bout you clean it this week?
etc., etc., you get the picture, pick something that shouldn't bother you about your spouse and 
change how you deal it because you're
doing this out of love and God has given
you a wonderful gift--your spouse
Have a blessed, patient day, everybody! : )
            --Steve Kendall