God Is Bigger Than PMS

17 Oct

PMS24-7 License PlateCheck out that plate! My husband emailed me that picture with this in the subject  line:  “Had to share this. Don’t take it personally!”

We all do joke about PMS:

Do you know how many women with PMS it takes to screw in a light bulb? One. ONE! And do you know why it only takes ONE? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb. They don’t even know the bulb is burned out. They would sit in this house in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And once they figured it out, they wouldn’t be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they’ve been in the same cupboard for the past SEVENTEEN YEARS.

But if they did, by some miracle, find the light bulbs, two days later the chair that they dragged from two rooms over to stand on to change the stupid light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT! And underneath it would be the crumpled wrapper the stupid light bulbs came in. Why? BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!!

It’s a wonder we haven’t all suffocated from the piles of garbage that are 12 FEET DEEP throughout the entire house. The house.  THE HOUSE! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS …

In my book Why Men and Women Act the Way They Do, I have an entire chapter on PMS and coping skills to handle it:

“ A woman’s body is in constant state of flux.  …  PMS is real—but a woman doesn’t have to be run by her hormones. And our PMS shouldn’t be used as an excuse for anti social or hurtful behavior. In one study, college students were asked to respond to a variety of excuses given for an anti social behavior. In general, premenstrual and menstrual excuses were not looked upon negatively. A consequence of this reception to our PMS excuses is that, as women, we can learn to cloak bad choices, bad behaviors under the guise of PMS.

“One mother of a grown son in his twenties relayed the following story to me over coffee: “I am glad my son, Pete, came in to see Bill for counseling. His fiancé was out of control. Nothing was ever right, or good enough. She’d act poorly then blame it on PMS. One day my son said, “Mom, this can’t really be PMS can it? She blames PMS almost everyday for almost everything. It’s not possible to be PMS everyday, every month every year, year after year, right?”  Right!

In any battle that is to be won, the enemy attacks from all sides. PMS is no different. You are created mind, body and spirit. I have found great help in looking for strength and power beyond myself, and in answer to that heart’s cry, God has given wisdom to take steps to gain:

Perspective: I remind myself that millions in the world are in real pain: war, famine, disease, etc.,  are real problems; PMS is just an inconvenience.

Preparation: The remedies should include many facets: education, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, medical, and other supplements.

Priorities: I am a realist. I give myself some slack.  I add in activities that lessen the symptoms and  I might set aside some “vital” issues for a day or two.

Prayer: I ask God to fill me with His Spirit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

Don’t let others pay for how you feel during PMS. God is bigger than PMS! He can help you LOL, even on PMS days.

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