One of the lessons marriage is teaching me is the importance of being flexible.
A few weeks ago, my darling man’s work schedule changed. And we were/are thrilled! Instead of working 1 pm to 9 pm my hardworking man works from 9 am – 7 pm. Yes, he did get more hours in a day but instead of two days off he now has three! How wonderful! Not only are we blessed with an extra day off but he gets home much earlier than he used to — perfect for having friends over or enjoying an evening out together.
And yet, despite the goodness of this change, I find my rigid, stick-to-the-schedule personality being stretched a bit. For nearly a year I had grown accustom to Dalton only having two days off and spending his mornings at home. Now, our mornings are a little busier than normal, the time of his absence longer and the workweek shorter.
At first I noticed that I was feeling a little uptight — why should I be feeling stressed over these good changes?
I’m sure you too can relate. Perhaps your husband’s schedule changed as well or maybe he lost his job and spends most of his hours at home with you and the babies? Maybe he has volunteered and is needed elsewhere?
I simply want to encourage you, dear one, to embrace the change. Embrace the challenges and joys life gives and, above all, practice being flexible. For many of us, it is easy to become stressed and weirded-out over changes (even the good ones!). When that stress comes at you remember these three things:
Remember that God is uses these changes for good, that change is a natural part of life and that when you feel out-of-the-loop and a little stressed that God understands and invites you to His throne of grace.
Oh, and one last thing.
Choose to accept the change in your schedule.
And choose to love those in your home.
With lots of love!