He comes home from work, late. Again. He’s tired. Wore out. And…. Well let’s just say he’s smelled a lot better. His job leaves little to no time for the family and you are just DONE with it all.
How many times have you been there?
I’ve been there quite a few. Now, let me say that my husband has NEVER had a job that requires him to be away from home night after night. But, he’s also never had a job that didn’t require 50-60 hours a week with travel time. Where we live a good job requires a commute AND over time. Add in yard work (we have a few acres) and basic maintenance and there have been weeks we were lucky to see him.
As moms, we are the ones often left to tend the kids day in and day out. Long hours for our spouse mean more work for us and that can steal our joy time and time again.
Especially when his job requires more from him than what it should . OR when you know he is overworked and underpaid. We gripe. We complaining. And our husband gets the brunt of our frustrations.
Or maybe I’m the only one…..
Can I assure you I get it. I do. BUT, our spouse needs our support. Not our complaints. He needs our love. Not our frustrations. He needs to come home to a wife who is happy to see him, and who knows how to bite her tounge when it comes to his job….
I have found once I stopped complaining about the long hours, the long drive, or the lack of respect he’s given at work, our home has a lot more laughter and joy in the evenings.
Today, I am going to challenge you to bite your tongue. Even if he comes home late this week. Even if he’s called back in after being home. Even if he is gone a day longer than what he thought he’d be.
Choose joy. Choose NOT to let your spouse get the brunt of your frustrations. Call a friend whose in the same boat. Take your frustrations to the Lord. Write in a journal.
Make a conscious effort to NOT complain about your spouses job. You can do it! #choosejoy
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