…I learn to be patient. Seriously. People who know me not only through my blog can attest that I'm terribly quick-tempered and easily annoyed when something doesn't go the way I want to. Sometimes I lash out on people. Realizing this caused me to nearly rip my hair out. What a terrible character trait for anyone, especially for a woman who sees marriage and family as her goal!
Alright, alright, self-flagellation over. I know I'm not perfect. I will never be. But I can improve, and become, God willing, a good wife and mother. The aforementioned quality is a good place to start. Flexibility, adjustment and patience are so important for a marriage that I can't help but think God gave me extra time so I can prepare.
I also feel I should praise Him for all things – including trials. Including things that test my patience. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Without them, how could I be shaped and molded according to His plan?
Here are some things I thought I could do:
* When I feel I'm going to lose my temper, I'm going to remain silent. If I can't say anything nice and peaceful, better say nothing. Even if it looks foolish or unfriendly, it's preferable to scathing remarks.
* I'm going to practice doing things that frustrate me; and I'm going to try to do them with a smile on my face! Examples: washing dishes, standing in a line in the supermarket, waiting for the bus.
* I'll do my best to be pleasant to others, even if they are unpleasant to me, and even if I'm tired, nervous or busy.
Any advice on how I can better accomplish all of this? I will also deeply appreciate it if any of you are willing to share your personal challenges about your character that you felt you had to overcome in order to become a better person, especially during the season when you were preparing to become a wife.