It's a scene that has happened more than once around my house. Feeling tired, I get snippy with my husband James. I give short answers and huff and puff about the smallest inconveniences. If this general irritability persists for more than ten minutes, James will say these magic words: "You need to take a nap. Please go and take a nap."
Early in our marriage, this used to offend me. What do you mean I need to take a nap? Then my irritability would ratchet up. I'll show him I don't need a nap!
But now, when I hear those magic words, I feel a wave of relief wash over my tired body. I walk into my bedroom, close the door, and get under the covers. After an hour, I emerge from my cocoon a new, and much nicer, wife.
It's must easier to be civil, kind, warm, and loving towards your spouse when you feel rested. If you're refreshed, you can take a jab in stride or overlook a mishap in your day. But when your physical reserves are depleted, the smallest comment or inconvenience can have you reeling and overreacting.
Many of us feel obligated to be busy, overcommitted, multitasking, and ever-achieving. That's how people roll these days. We complain about not having enough time in the day, but we're not sure how to make any changes to our crazy lives. Rest seems unobtainable. Yet Zig Ziglar said it well, "Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." No matter what you do, you will still have 24 hours a day, just like everyone else. But what can you do to guard your time -- and your rest -- so you can enjoy your life more and have more to give to the one you love?
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