Proverbs 21:9 – Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife (NIV).
I stumbled on that verse of Proverbs the other day, and I just sat and kind of let that picture settle in my mind for a minute. I pictured a man with a tattered blanket huddling against cold wind, rain and snow and still finding relief that he was not in the same warm house with his awful wife.
Then after I got that funny picture out of my head, I wondered if there were ever times my own husband would rather face the elements on the roof than share a house with me?
My husband is steady as a rock. He is devastatingly handsome, funny, loyal, kind, works super hard for his family, he helps with chores, and he is always quick with a smile and to tell me how beautiful I am. I am very blessed by this man.
On the other hand, I’m not so steady. My moods can fluctuate like the worlds largest roller coaster and many times when he is being a wonderful husband, I’m not in the mood for even that.
There has been many days he gets short answers, the classic eye-roll, a melt-down (or two), a definite rant, and even pulling away when he tries to be affectionate. That kind of sounds like the quarrelsome wife mentioned in Proverbs. That’s how I picture that woman!
Many times the demands of everyday life leaves us feeling drained and stressed out. Sadly, we can easily take that out on our loveable husbands.
I know not all husbands are loveable all the time. But, the Bible is clear that we are to love others. Like my Pastor always says,
“God isn’t concerned with how people treat you, He is concerned with how you treat other people!” Husbands included!
I would imagine God isn’t very pleased with me when I am that quarrelsome wife in Proverbs. Even though my husband and I rarely “fight”, my silence and distance can speak louder than my yelling and screaming.
So, I challege you today to speak a kind word or give your hubby an extra hug today and thank him for all he does. Our husbands need our affection and affirmation. Maybe it might lift our spirits at the same time!
This Bible journaling entry was inspired by a You Tube process video by Illustrated Faith