Something looked out of place under the cast-off comforter on our bedroom floor. As I made the bed, I noticed our fuzzy winter blanket lying on the floor on my husband’s side. A quick glance at the weather station confirmed my thoughts – 92 degrees outside. What would make a man top a sheet and comforter with a fuzzy blanket in the middle of a southern summer? I wondered but immediately knew the answer – a pregnant wife.
The fan above me spun wildly. It was on high. I reached up and turned it down a notch. Okay, so maybe that was a bit much in the airflow department. I could admit it. But being pregnant in the south during the summer ain’t cool. And I do mean that literally.
You may not be pregnant, but you probably control the climate in your home more than you realize. Have you ever uttered words that completely chilled a room? Have you turned up the heat on your spouse when they have unknowingly stepped on your last nerve? Whether you are the husband or the wife, I bet you could answer yes to both. I know I could.
Sometimes without even realizing it, we cause our loved ones to reach for the fuzzy blankets in summer, while they desperately try to create an environment in which they can live comfortably. Stop and ask yourself how well you’ve been controlling the climate in your home. Do you alternate from hot to cold or do you keep things at a relaxed temperature?
Perhaps you, like me, can’t control how you are feeling. Pregnancy makes me hot all the time; your uncontrollable situation may be your job, your children, or your health, just to name a few. Just apologize to your family members and explain what’s causing you to turn up the heat. Sometimes just an explanation can make all the difference.
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. Proverbs 21:19 NIV
Lord, help me to be mindful of how my mood and temperament affect the rest of my family. Show me how to create a contented environment for those I love, even when I’m feeling the heat. May all I say and do be pleasing in your sight. Amen.