Pebbles (1)

A little pebble in the shoe can cause big annoyance. Many relationships have little irritations that if not addressed can turn into big issues; irritations like snoring, dishes in the sink, hair in the shower plug, tooth paste lid left open...Here are some suggestions for dealing with these minor frustrations:

1.Communicate openly and respectfully about irritations letting your partner know that you are telling them rather than letting hard feelings mount. Talking to them is for the purpose of benefiting the relationship not to nag.

2. Accept the fact that there will always be irritations to deal with and that it is not the end of the world. These are small compared to some of the crisis you could be dealing with.

3. Realize that some small irritations actually can help both to grow and become respectful of differences. Remember it is the small sand pebble that turns to the pearl in an oyster.

4. Learn to laugh more and lighten up. Sometimes it may serve the relationship well just to laugh with each other about nuisances.

Questions to Ponder

  1. How open have I been to communicate irritations with my partner?

    2.Who could I talk to about the frustrations of relationship that would have each person’s best good in mind?

    3.How much have I given my partner the benefit of the doubt?

    4.How is my love being displayed by patience?

    Scripture: Joel 2:13 …God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath and puts up with a lot. This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. (Message)