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Drip. Drip. Drip."
The faucet was
leaking again! Every time I tried to read or think or sleep,
all I could hear was that awful dripping. I always felt a
flush of anger, as I had to jump up and attempt to shut up
the noise. I would put a washcloth in the sink where the
water would land hoping this would quiet the noise. I would
tighten the faucet handles, but nothing worked. I could
always hear it no matter what I did to remedy the problem.
"Drip...Drip...Drip." If it was quiet
bothersome to me, I may have even gone to a different room
to read where I could not hear it, although I really longed
to sit in my chair which I remembered to be my comfortable
and peaceful place.
No remedy could
be found.... until one day we replaced the entire faucet.
Now it is silent and I do enjoy it so. Most of the time I
forget how irritating it was. But sometimes I stop and
remember and am grateful for its silence.
I believe God
used that dripping faucet to teach me something very
important. God speaks to us all in different ways. Because I
am sensitive to noises, God used this sensitivity to teach
wife is like a constant dripping."
When I am
quarrelsome or "nag" my husband, I am like a constant
dripping! Do I want to be like that old leaky faucet that
always stirred bad feeling in me? Just when I wanted to
relax in my chair...my safe haven...to read or nap, that
dripping invaded my peace.
Is it possible
that a wife who nags her husband invades his peace everyday?
A man's home is his safe haven from the outside world. It
should be a place where he comes after a hard day's work. He
knows he is free to be himself, to kick off his shoes, to
relax, to just enjoy the peace of his home. He knows that it
is a place of unconditional love and respect.....or does he?
"Don't leave your
"When will you
fix this? I've asked you five times!"
"Do you think you
could help me with the housework? I have to do everything
"How long are you
going to read that paper?"
Does this sound
familiar? Even if it does not, there are most likely other
words used that seem accusatory or insulting as these do.
Just as I tried
to fix my faucet with the washcloth or by tightening the
handles, the husband may try his own tactics to remedy this
problem. If nothing works and he still hears the "dripping,"
he may decide to go somewhere that he can't hear it.
Not only does the
Word of God tell us that a quarrelsome wife is like a
constant dripping, it tells what is better than living with
"Better to live
on a corner of the roof than share a house with a
quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:9)
"Better to live
in the desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered
wife." (Proverbs 21:19)
faucet certainly could not fix itself. But when we replaced
it, it was made "new" and did not drip any longer. In that
same way, Jesus can change the wife and make her "new." He
will change her to see more clearly and have different
priorities and give her love in her heart.
Written by Julie Ryan
has been transformed by the
awesome word of God! Praise
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