via nal.usda.govI'm not okay with others not being okay with me.
I'll go to great lengths to make sure others are okay with me at the expense of my own comfort (I hate this. I'm working hard on this). In my marriage, I went to great lengths to make sure my husband was okay with me at the expense of my own peace... which is miles of worse.
I wanted to be different than other couples with problems.
I wanted to be tougher than issues.
I wanted to be okay.
So I said I was. I guess I figured that maybe if I said it enough, I would begin to feel and believe it as well because what I actually was feeling was NOT okay.
But I hated that I wasn't okay, so I escaped. I shoved the feelings down so I wouldn't have to truly experience them. I watched a lot of movies. I ate a lot of junk.
I spent a lot of time online.
And when he asked me how I was doing, I would say, "I'm okay."
And I would give the same report to the Lord, "I'm okay."
For some reason, I was content to have being OK be my goal -probably because I was so torn up inside that truly being okay seemed like a dream. I'd forgotten what it felt like to be okay. Just plain okay.
What was I?
I was hurt. I was angry. I was confused. I was reeling.
With each near-daily confession from my husband, emotions swirled around me in a chaotic panic, begging to be unleashed.
But I was stronger than my emotions.
So I resisted the strong pull to give them any credit or reign... and I said, "I'm okay."
Last night, my husband opened up to me and confessed he realized he'd been acting out on his lust addiction in other ways -as in: ways that don't include porn.
When he finished talking, his eyes were full of terror, apprehension, shame... I could hear his thoughts.
'How is she going to take this?'
And I answered out loud, "I'm okay."
We put the kids to bed, he went to bed, and I stayed awake. I wrote and prayed and searched for pain.
Where is it? Where is the pain and the anger? Shouldn't they BE here?
I'm ready to give them reign for a little while. I'm ready to feel them, handle them, learn from them. I won't stifle them or pretend I'm stronger than them.
I recognize they aren't facts... I recognize that they are necessary... I recognize that they have a purpose.
I close my eyes and focus on what my husband has said to me. I breathe in and breath out. My brain hunts for any shred of emotion.
And finds peace.
This can't be right.
This can't be normal.
There has to be more to this.
I pray and I pray and I feel only peace and clarity and then my thoughts wander and I think about the baby's upcoming blessing, the laundry waiting to be washed the next morning, the chicken that needs to thaw.
I think about a friend of mine who is going through a miscarriage and has a white-knuckling porn addicted husband, and I think about how I want to save her.
I think about how I want to save everyone.
I wonder WHY.
Saving is the Savior's job. Why would I want such a heavy responsibility? Why would I be so pompous as to presume that I have saving abilities?
I pray, I write.
I realize and write my fears: I'm afraid of my husband cycling because it brings anger. I'm afraid of anger.
But I can divorce the anger. I can leave. I don't have to be around cycling anger, I write.
My fear dissipates.
I'm afraid my friend will endure unimaginable pain unless I intervene.
But she is in God's hands, I write.
Be still, I write.
Know that He is God, I write.
Let Go and Let God, I write.
I read a talk about serving for the right reasons because I found myself serving a woman yesterday and wanting to save her from the physical pain that was ailing her. I wanted to jump in and start controlling certain aspects of her life.
Do I serve to save? I write.
Do I serve to serve the Lord? I write.
And I read a talk that gives me clarity.