On Being Overwhelmed and Having a Partner

I have the sweetest husband in the world. There have been so many things this week that have me SOOOO immensely stressed out. Nothing catastrophic, mind you, I’m not curled into a fetal position… yet. Anyway, I’m going to take this opportunity to brag on my husband, because he is THE most awesome hubby evah!

As many of you know, I have had anxiety disorder since having my first child, eight years ago. I hate saying “disorder,” because it’s just something I have to deal with- it comes and goes, but I get through it. I draw closer to God when the anxiety gets more powerful than my medication, it usually only lasts a few days.

Well, this is going to be shocking to most of you wives out there, but brace yourself. My husband actually keeps track of when my monthly visitor is scheduled to well… visit. Why? I can assure you it’s not to throw around sarcastic comments, like, “You’re just freaking out since it’s that time of the month!” Has your husband ever said that to you? Does it help? {snicker} I assure you, earlier in our marriage he probably did!

As I was talking to him on the phone yesterday, Judd said, very calmly and all nurturing-like, “Honey, You know your time is coming soon, and you’re probably feeling more stressed than usual. Just hold on for a few more days before you confront these issues. Don’t worry about the house, you just get done what you need, and I’ll help when I get home.” That was what I needed to hear to get through the day.

Today, he’s taking the girls with him while he works on a waterfall at a Christian Retreat Center. The owners will be there with their kids, and actually invited the girls out there for the day. How awesome is that? That will be one less source of stress in the day. It turns out that today, I spent most of the day internally making sure I didn’t over react to my kids.

Twelve years down this road of marriage, he truly fulfills the verse:

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc 4:12

I am thankful that we have three strands in our marriage, God, Judd and me, to get us through the tough times. Who is someone who can be like a partner to you. Husband, friend, mom? Go ahead and reach out to them!

I recently read a book called SOS for PMS, by Mary Byers, and it actually suggested being proactive during that week. Realize your tendencies and try to avoid the triggers. If this scenario sounds familiar, you won;t regret reading this book!

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