Do you ever feel like your marriage is full of stress and tension?

I’m pretty confident that most marriages have experienced periods of stress and tension. It is inevitable when you bring two flawed humans together and ask them to live together everyday while they work, clean, pay bills, raise children and navigate all the obstacles life brings. Stress is bound to happen.

But, the questions is – what can a faithful wife do to reduce that stress?

Today’s reading points my heart in the right direction if I desire a home and heart that is full of peace and joy.  (Click here to read today’s passage. We are in the midst of a 26 day Summer Bible Challenge. You can grab the entire schedule here.)

Psalm 13:5 says – I will REJOICE because you have RESCUED ME! 
  • Rescue brings relief.
  • Relief brings joy.
  • Joy should bring us to an attitude of gratitude.

I don’t know about you but the Lord has been GRACIOUS to me again and again. His FAITHFUL hand is always willing to reach out a save me. Sometimes it’s the gentle whisper of His Spirit to my heart. And sometimes it’s His undeniable intervention in a big way. Big or small, His heart longs to keep me safe. Time and again He reaches down into my life and RESCUES me with his COMPASSION.

  • And since He is COMPASSIONATE, I should be REJOICING!
  • A heart that rejoices is free to offer COMPASSION and KINDNESS to others.

And, I should be offering compassion to those around me – not just friends and strangers but those who are closest. The ones who live in my home are in the most need of my compassion. I see them at their best and their worst. My husband needs my compassion. He needs to know that I am on his side – not just when he is at his best, but when he fails too.

  • A wife is intended to be a help-mate.
  • So when he is weak, I need to provide loving strength.
  • When he is tense, I should be the one who offers a soothing word.
  • When my husband is frustrate, I can offer kindness.

This Psalm reminds me to live with joy and compassion. My husband, above all, needs to feel the sweet gift of compassion. Compassion has the ability to peel away the stress and replace it with relief. Peaceful joy has the tendency to breathe life into weary hearts. You and I have been rescued SO THAT we can LIVE with COMPASSION.

A thought for today:

I hope you are reading along with me on the Summer Bible Challenge. I’d love for to share a word that begins with C today that describes God. As we read together on the same page, we will become stronger as wives and women of faith. Let the truth of Scripture shape you today.