When your Husband has a Demanding Job :: Bruce & Heather {Ep 38}

Sep 10, 2014

We’re getting personal on the podcast.

In today’s episode, my husband Bruce & I share the story of our last 3 years.  A period of time where his workload was heavy, children were all-consuming and personal time was almost non-existent.

Can you relate?

If your husband has (or you have) a demanding career, then hopefully our story will remind you you are not alone. Maybe hearing how we coped will give you ideas to keep your head above water. (And there are a few general marriage tips we throw in as a bonus).

What we talk about:

  • Our brief summary of life for the past three years
  • Sacrifice is bearable when doing something that matches your strengths/gifts
  • How Heather was “awesome” 😉 while Bruce worked a lot
  • Wives, guilt trips and making things worse
  • When it feels like the hard times/challenges seem like they will never be over
  • How wives can best help husbands–not what you think
  • The importance of a strong marriage going into a season of a demanding career
  • Spending money on date nights now versus counseling later
  • Is it okay to go to bed angry?
  • Timing for conversations is everything
  • Understanding your spouse, how he/she is wired and what works best
  • Sometimes challenging seasons can grow the communication of your marriage
  • Double A Short Stop prospects (don’t even ask)
  • Life is just hard . . .assume that as a baseline and everything else is gold.

Show Notes:

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Have you and your spouse ever been through a challenging season? What helped you “weather” the storm?

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  1. Brandi

    I’m so glad you shared this. I’m guilty of bothering my husband while he is working. I need to work on being more supportive because I do feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my girls. This was something I really needed to hear!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thank you for letting me know Brandi that it was helpful for you. I know I still have a long way to go in my “support” of his work. I am so very blessed and yet always look for what could be better. Counting grace instead of critiquing weaknesses. . .a daily pursuit!

  2. Kristen

    Heather, I am going back and listening to all of your old podcasts from before I was a listener. I really enjoyed this one. My husband and I have recently come out of a 4 year season of him working a tremendous amount as he started his own business. I really enjoyed hearing your husband’s perspective on what worked and what didn’t in regards to your relationship. Your husband mentioned several times that you really got the leftovers at the end of the day. I know that as a woman who really needs quality time, this was a very difficult season for me. How did you survive on so little? Did your relationship suffer? How would you encourage women on how to get through this season?


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