It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:9 ESV)
There is a bottle of pills that sit next to our kitchen sink at all times, easily grabbed and at the ready for my family to bring to me at a moment’s notice. No, not life-saving nitroglycerine . . . my special pills are the miracle, home-sanity-saving Evening Primrose Oil.
Any woman who is over forty probably has noticed an inexplicable shift in her personality. It’s like there is a switch is on your back and you have no control over when it goes off. But when it does, it’s not pretty. I would hear myself say and react in ways that were not my normal response. Seconds later, I hated myself and questioned why I struggled to be Spirit controlled. I lived under self-condemnation.
Finally, a woman a few years older told me about the natural remedy to get ourselves – and our poor families – through perimenopause in one piece. So now, when my ‘symptoms’ appear, my family is more than ready to assist by bringing me my ‘special pills’. Call it self-preservation.
We get married and have children and want to bless them, not curse them with years of being a crazy wife and mother. So yes, we need to cling to God, take daily doses of the Word and, sometimes, we may need to take some medication or natural remedies.
It’s ok to reach out to your doctor or friends and figure out if you’re in need some help . . . because nobody wants to move onto the roof.
Father, forgive us for lashing out to our family and friends. Help us to learn to lean on You but to also reach out to those You’ve placed in our lives to help us. And help us Lord to be supportive to our friends who are going through difficult seasons. Amen!