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You What? It’s Two in the Morning!
A MAJOR PROBLEM in law enforcement marriages is communication. Much of the time, sworn officers either are not able (for legal reasons) or do not want to share (too ...

YOU WHAT? IT’S TWO IN THE MORNING!

Kristi Neace, wife of Officer Richard Neace

Union, MO, Police Department

A MAJOR PROBLEM in law enforcement marriages is communication. Much of the time, sworn officers either are not able (for legal reasons) or do not want to share (too gruesome) their work stories with their spouses. When they do, for some of us it’s a major breakthrough. But at two o’clock in the morning?

I was an exhausted young mother with two toddlers, and needed my sleep. In just a few hours they’d be waking up, and any hopes for rest would be gone until tomorrow night. Then suddenly, the bedroom light was on! Did I say “on?” It was glaring like a klieg light! And there was my husband, full of excitement and dancing around the bed while he announced, “I just helped deliver a baby!” He went on to say that a very pregnant, about-to-deliver woman and her husband pulled into the department’s parking lot needing help. Rick and a few other emergency personnel were there in time to help a wriggling little baby girl make her debut in the world. Boy, that’s not something an officer does every night... and he wanted to share his excitement with me! The problem was, I wasn’t interested—I wanted my zzz’s!

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Rick’s no dummy, and it didn’t take him long to realize I preferred sleep over him. The smile faded from his face and he probably mumbled something like, “Sorry I woke you up” as he turned off the light and left the room. Then it hit me—where was that “Proverbs 31 wife” when he needed her? AWOL! At the moment he wanted to share, I put my needs ahead of his.

Later I would pray, “Lord, help me to be the wife you have called me to be. Help me put his needs before my own, and show him how much he means to me. Help me to listen and rejoice with him during moments such as these.” I can’t say I’ve always carried through in meeting the high standards set for a wife in Proverbs 31, but that is my heart’s desire.

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