Hello? A Little Help Please!: Unmet Expectations Can Poison Your Mood

roadtriphellIt was going to be a busy day.  My family had lots of places to go, things to do and places to be: all back- to- back.  We had 2 parties to get to (to which I had no gift for either), we had to grab lunch on the go and travel with a 3 year old and a 13 year old. So you can imagine that with potty breaks, teen boredom, complaints and whining, things can get pretty hairy!

Our first destination: gift for first party.

I tell my husband that I’m heading to the gift aisle.  He stays with kids.  We will meet in the front of the store.  I only have to get 1 item.  I hastily get what I need, check out and am waiting in the front of store.  Where are they?  What is taking them so long?  Seriously!?  Frustration building.  I actually have time to fill out the card (really fill it out), I have time to bag AND tissue the present. Where is he?  What are they doing?  Finally, I just call him.  Come on!! Lets go!  We don’t have all day! FYI – they were shopping, havin’ a ball!

We hop back into the car. Kids get buckled, husband in passenger seat and I get in mine with the gift bag in one hand, the cards in one hand, whatever else from Target on my lap, my purse, directions to the party, my phone… you get the idea.What is my husband doing?  Well, he has pulled out his iPhone and is just chill’n.  Yep Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatever he feels like doing.  That’s fine.  I’ll just shuffle these bags to the back myself.  I will put my purse down there by his feet and I’ll pull out the address to the party and plug it into MY iPhone GPS since he is too busy.  I will navigate us to the party.  ARGH!! I am so mad at him!!  Doesn’t he see all of the plates I am spinning? Wouldn’t it have been easier for him to just plug the address into HIS GPS and navigate for me?  My frustration kicked into HIGH gear.

Anger

I wonder how often this goes on between spouses, parents and children, and even friends. My poor unsuspecting husband was about to be on the receiving end of a very unfair emotion.  My advice?  Allow yourself a moment to breathe and calm yourself.  Don’t allow your emotions to get the best of you.  I was holding my spouse to expectations that I had not communicated to him sildénafil prix.

Finally I communicate this to my spouse.  I told him that I was upset with him but that I knew it wasn’t his fault.  It took me a few minutes to settle down but honestly, opening that communication up to him was what got us back on the same track.

Proverbs 29:11 Says that only fools vent their anger.

Psalm 103:8 Says the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger; abounding in love and faithfulness.

We need to show the love of Christ to our spouses, daily.

Let’s chat!

  • Are you holding people to unspoken expectations?
  • Do you find yourself being disappointed or angry or hurt because of this?

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About Marci Stevens

Marci is a wife, mother, speaker and blogger. She is also a co-founder of a powerful non-profit, award-winning marriage ministry, Marriage Pressure Points. Marci writes about her own struggles as a wife in hopes that God will continue to offer her grace and use her testimony to help others.

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