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For this episode, we’re not talking about big, weighty issues. We’re talking about little points of tension or mistakes and how that impacts your marriage. How we respond to those things is so important to set the tone of our relationships.

Examples of Silly Mistakes

  • Breaking a dish or decorative nick knack
  • Spilling a drink in the car
  • Putting an empty milk jug back in the refrigerator
  • Getting a story or joke wrong
  • Coming home from work later than they told you
  • Forgetting to bring your son’s baseball glove to practice
  • Misplacing their phone for the 100th time
  • Forgetting to stop by the grocery store on the way home
  • Buying the wrong type of deodorant

CJ: For us, a silly mistake is how much space I leave between dishes in the dishwasher. Teri told me she has to redo it every time.

Afton: Every time we go to an Airbnb, there’s no dishwasher so we have to hand wash the dishes. And every time, Hudson breaks a glass.

Ted: I’m the one who does all the things on this list.

What is the right way to handle these mistakes?

Here is why this is important:

  • The way we respond to our spouse’s mistakes sets the tone for the deeper issues
  • It determines if our spouse is going to know grace on a daily basis.

Questions to ask yourself

  • When it comes to how you respond to your spouses’ silly mistakes, would you want to be married to you?
  • Is this is an issue of heart or habit?

Colossians 3:13 (NLT) “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

Your one simple thing this week:

Either ask your spouse, “what is one thing I do that bothers you?” Or when your spouse does something that annoys you ask yourself, “Is this an issue of heart or habit?”

Show Closing

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