I’m mostly a practical minded person and love a good “step-by-step” plan to get me going in the right direction. Although I also feel that some “to-do lists” fall short of making the lasting change that really need to take place in our hearts.
Today, I’m focusing on the “nuts and bolts” of how to respond differently or more positively towards our mates in times of conflict and hurt.
If there’s one thing that I’ve become convinced of in my 27 years of marriage (gulp! Yes, that number takes my breath away too folks!), it’s that I am not responsible for my spouse’s right or wrong choices. The moment I feel like I can change him or control what he does, is the moment I’m entering “La-La Land” and heading straight for frustration and disappointment—a place no one wants to stay.
So what’s a spouse to do when her husband or his wife won’t “cooperate” or “get with the program”?
Do the next right thing . . . that is OUR own responsibility!
That means we will avoid doing our spouse’s responsibility. Although there may be times when we will have to step in and shoulder this… it’s often much more the exception than the rule.
So today, I’m including a list that considers several challenging scenarios in marriage with specific, measurable ways you can “do your part” and not feel helpless when and if your spouse won’t do their part.
I hope you’ll use this to remind yourself of what that next right thing might look like or you can copy and paste it and revise it to fit your custom desires and preferences.
What makes it hard for you to do the next right thing in marriage or life?
This blog is written by Beth Steffaniak, who is a pastor’s wife, counselor and life coach –a wonderful Titus 2 woman of God. She generously shares her “messy life” (coming into marriage with “many emotional wounds and unhealthy patterns that left mess after mess”) with those who visit her web site at Messymarriage.com. Thankfully, even though her life is “messy” (as ours is also), she praises God that “That’s not where the story ends!” We encourage you to visit her web site often, because you will be blessed.
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Below are some links to other articles and blogs that we suggest you glean through to see if you can find additional information that will help you in your marriage in some way. If the article is written to wives and you are a husband looking for answers, or the reverse is true, please read the article anyway and see if you can adapt the info to help you.