Since I have been such a crazy lady this week & because my husband's schedule has been from 6am-8pm, I am REALLY looking forward to the weekend with him. I feel like I haven't seen him at all. I miss him. Last night I asked him to hug me & I just started crying. I told you, I am a basket case. LOL "Thank you baby for putting up with me this week. I know that I have been a nightmare & I am sure it wasn't easy biting your tongue when I kept on complaining. I think I drove myself nuts too!" We don't have any plans set in stone but I am up for anything. I am looking forward to church on Sunday morning too. I need something powerful to whip me back into shape. Especially with the New Thru 30 Challenge starting on Monday. Are you ready ladies? As you can see, I love these cartoons. Let's let this one be our inspiration for our new start.
On a ridiculous funny note. I was VERY shocked to see that the school system here called a 2 hour delay yesterday at 3pm for today. Due to POTENTIAL inclement weather. Are you kidding me? I checked the weather channel & I did not see any reason for this delay. It is 42 degrees here & feels warmer if you ask me. The ground is dry, no ice or anything. If they keep up this pace, my kids will be going to school through the summer to make up for days that they call off. This delay allowed all of us to sleep in a little later which was fine by me, I just didn't see the point at all.
Most couples marry with high expectations for their marriage. They know that many marriages have gone on the rocks, & many of those that didn't are not really happy marriages. But they think that THEIR marriage will be different because they LOVE each other. It is not before long that the expectation is replaced with frustration. The marriage which they were sure was made in Heaven comes crashing to earth, the stars in their eyes become sand, & the delight becomes disillusionment. We asked ourselves this question before, what happened?
Well, both spouses did not learn to conduct their personal lives or their marriage according to God's Word. God has provided specific information & direction concerning the purpose of marriage & the varying but complementary responsibilities of the two people who form the marriage. God gave certain responsibilities to the wife & to the husband. When both parties know, accept, & fulfill their responsibilities, oneness in the marriage is promoted. Conversely, when the husband & wife either do not understand or will not fulfill their God-given responsibilities, great confusion & frustration will result.
There are many passages in the Bible that speak of the wife's part in the marriage. For homework, read these passages & see if you can begin figuring out what you are & are not doing that God is commanding you to do. We will get into much detail on Monday & we will begin to answer some of your questions & concerns through the Word. If you have a specific question while you read this over the weekend, post a comment so that I can be certain to cover it. If you have a question, I am sure that others have that same question.
Day Twenty Five -
"...seek peace, & pursue it." Psalms 34:14b
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
Before you consider whether these verses describe your husband, consider your own presence in the home. Do you promote an atmosphere of peace, or do critical words often flow from your mouth? Do you struggle with anger? If so, before you continue with your encouragement challenge, confess these sinful habits to the Lord, & determine to speak words of peace to your family today.
Does your husband bring an atmosphere of peace into your home? Is his presence a calming influence? Does he bring music, entertainment, books, or people into your home that build a sense of serenity? Let him know how much you appreciate this wonderful quality, & support his choices.
If, on the other hand, he is quickly angered or he creates chaos rather than calm, ask God to give you an abundance of the kind of peace that will speak to his heart. Be patient & loving. Create an inviting atmosphere of peace, as much as possible.
Day Twenty Five Prayer -
Pray that your husband will serve God & others with pure motives. Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, & glorify Him in everything. 1 Corinthians 10:13; John 7:17-18; Colossians 3:23-24