I wanted to share my mess up with you. Well, I don't really want to share it but I feel God wants me to so I will. I do not think I am a hard headed person, though my husband may disagree. But after what happened to me today, maybe I am. I really got a God spanking and boy did it hurt.
My husband works construction outside in Kansas. When we woke up this morning it was only 24degrees. That is cold! I buy my husband these hot hand packets to keep in his gloves and pockets. They stay very warm helping to keep him warm. I am not sure if I miscounted when I bought them last week or if he took extra one day and didn't realize it. But this morning, don't forget I said 24degrees, there were no hot hands. On top of that he could not find his gloves. Not good. He was pretty upset and thought I just did not buy him enough. I was pretty upset and thought he probably had some in his truck, no biggie. Well, this little thing turned into an ugly disagreement. After he left for work, very upset, I decided when the kids woke up I was going to run to the store buy him hot hands and gloves, get him some breakfast and take it to him and tell him I was very sorry for my attitude. Great idea right?
No. You see where my husband is working right now is an hour and half away. That's right. Three hours, round trip, of driving and about twenty dollars in gas. When I told him I was coming he said no not to come. It is, obviously, too far and I have other things to do. Plus once the sun was up it started to warm up a little. Nope. I couldn't listen. He was still upset and I just had to prove that I was sorry. So I drove for three hours to a place I had never been (if you remember back I said I hate driving) all to prove a point.
When I safely got there I was so proud of myself for actually finding the place and bringing him gloves, hot hands and food. On my drive home, God spanked me.
"A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh words stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
I should have gently answered my husband this morning when he was concerned about the weather and not having the proper dress. Everything could have been avoided.
"She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard." Proverbs 31:16
The Proverbs 31 woman knows how to spend her money wisely. That is not what I did today. Spending twenty dollars in gas unnecessarily was not a wise choice.
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs 31:16
The Proverbs 31 woman knows how to spend her time wisely. That is not what I did today. I spent three hours driving causing everything else I had to do today to be far behind.
God spankings are hard. But He disciplines us because He loves us. I know next time to use gentle and wise words and to use my money and time more wisely. I want to encourage you, if you are ever in a similar situation, stop and pray about it. Do not become hard headed and learn the hard way. Now, I can praise God for His forgiveness and a lesson learned.