Monday, April 1, 2019

Count it All Joy - Full Sink

April 1, 2019
Monday, 9:42 PM

One of my pet peeves is sink full of dirty dishes. I don't like it. I hate it. I have been training my girls to rinse their plate and put it away on the drying tray after they ate. Sometimes they remember, sometimes they don't. My job is to remind them each time they forget.

My husband knows I don't like our sink full of dirty dishes. I want them rinsed (if not washed) and set them aside on the sink counter, the drying tray, the stove top, as long as not in the middle of the sink. I don't know why this makes my mind crazy, but it does.

My husband is in charge of the dishes on weekends but didn't wash them on Sunday night. So, they were piling up. Got home today and most of the dishes were washed. Several of them were still on the sides and in the sink (as usual). I was fine for a few hours. But later before dinner, it started to annoy me. I didn't eat with them. Instead, I started washing dishes. My husband told me to eat but I said I was not hungry. But he knew what's going on. I am so glad that he didn't make my not eating an issue, otherwise, there will be an argument. Rather, he ate with the girls (who were almost done when he got to the table). When he was done, he got up and washed the rest of the dishes.

I appreciate him. There may still be unwashed dishes, but the fact that he knew what I was into and he did something to alleviate it, made me feel loved. I can get nasty and irritable sometimes. But it's something I do not enjoy doing. It's something that tears me inside. When I give someone an "attitude," a big part of me is shattered. I don't enjoy it, yet, there are times I listen to the cravings of my flesh.

But thanks be to God, I am forgiven. I no longer drown myself in condemnation as I used to. Rather, I thank my Father God that despite the mistakes I made, He forgives me and always loves me even if a sink full of dirty dishes turns my smile into a frown.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." - James 1:2-5

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