Monday, September 22, 2014
Those Darn Hurricane and Iceberg Women
When I was a new, fresh-faced wife I didn’t really understand a lot of marriage advice about communication. I felt like there was two conflicting messages.
Side A: Communicate everything. The thoughts, the feelings, the likes, the dislikes, the irratations, the I-like-to-do-it-this-ways, and the my-day-will-go-a-whole-lot-better-if-you-do-it-like-thises. Spill your guts about it all.
Side B: Keep it all inside. Yeah, share the positive stuff but nothing else. Don’t complain or correct or nag. Shut up and get over it. All that stuff isn’t really a big deal anyway.
I would try Side A….yikes. That didn’t go over very well.
I would try Side B….yikes again. After a week of that I would end exploding Side A all over tarnation.
HERE IS WHERE MY NEXT MOVE WAS CRITICAL AND GROUNDSHAKING…
It contains the ability to destroy a man or build him up into a strong godly leader…
AM I WILLING TO STUDY MY HUSBAND? AM I WILLING TO WATCH HIM AND SEE HOW HE LIKES TO BE COMMUNICATED TO?
DO I CARE?????????
The following is an account of a wife that chose not to care. The story is made up but the problems are real.
Side A woman chose not to care. She told him everything. Positive or negative. She destroyed his every move. He couldn’t brush his teeth without her telling him how she would prefer he do it. The man was slowly broken down, brick by brick until he lay defeated in ruins. He was probabaly lying there in a very uncomfortable position because that’s how I’m picture it right now.
She was a hurricane and she sank her ship.
Side B woman was aloof and cool. Not expressing her oppinion. Not interjecting. She was a martyr and carried it with dignity and broody repose. The man felt like a monster whatever he did. He never knew if he was getting it right because of her constant cold shoulder. The man was slowly destroyed. He wallowed in his destruction. Lots of wallowing. She was 10% above the water and 90% below.
She was an iceburg and she sank her ship.
Hurricanes and iceburgs sink ships. Women who don’t care sink ships.
Then there was the Miss I Care…here’s what you gotta do. Lean in and listen close but don’t if you just ate garlic.
You Gotta care!!!!!!!!
Every man has there own communication preferences. You do too! Do you like to talk about finances while the baby is screaming? Does he like to talk about the honey-do list right when he gets off work? Do you like to feel stupid when he talks to you? Does he like when you make him feel stupid when you talk to him?
Please care! Study that man! Work your wordage so that he is blessed!
I’m not going to tell you exactly how to do that because I’m married to my man and you’re married to yours, for crying out loud!!
Look deeply into my eyes and listen….
HURRICANES AND ICEBURGS SINK SHIPS.
Don’t be either or I’m going to come over there and kick your butt. You have the freedom to kick mine.
The Word of God talks about this very thing and I’ll leave you with those perfect words…
He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. Prov 17:27-28
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.
A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. Prov 18:1-2