I tend to duck for cover when solicitors come calling. I think I must teach my children to do the same. “Slowly and quietly step away from the window… don’t make a sound so they won’t know we are home.” A little dishonest, I’m sure… but you understand?
Yesterday that salesman caught me red-handed with my front door open. Drat!
“You are one hard family to find,” he nervously giggled. “You must be the boss of the home,” he assumed.
I didn’t hesitate for a moment, “No Sir, I am not.” He looked surprised.
“Are you Mom?”
“Yes I am, but I’m not the boss. My husband is.”
“Oh come on, the women usually are!”
“Well not in this house,” I confidently smiled.
I’m sure he didn’t like the fact that, although I wasn’t the boss, I seemed to have the authority to tell him I was not interested in his product.
Till death do us part, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad are easy to vocalize as days give way to the sunshine of our way, when self is being shined upon, when me is promoted.
What about the days that are lengthy with little babes needing constant touch and care, when my body is weak and my flesh is frail, when I long to be held close, to be served a platter of praise, and “sit there, put your feet up for awhile, can I get you a cold drink?” are another false dream. When self is tired, hurt and down trodden, it longs to be dealt the healing hand of sympathy.
What does my Father say about it? He asks me to think of others better than myself. He never asks me to do the unthinkable; for He ever lives to be my ultimate example of humility and self-sacrifice. He came to serve, not to be served.
So sweet wife, when you think it is long past D-Day for your time to shine, just ask for grace to serve him a bit more. Take note of the simple ways your husband writes you his form of love story. Maybe it is through song and dance of working and toiling for your family? Is it through the way he cares for your children?
What are his strengths? Find them out and praise him for them. Let thankful words flow from your lips once they have bubbled forth from the heart.
1) Be in God’s Word daily. It will remind you that self comes last.
2) Be obedient for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
3) Create a journal just for thankful hubby thoughts. Jot down special things he did/does. Write down any special quality or characteristic that defines him.
4) Speak words of praise out loud about your husband to your children throughout the day. A mommy that speaks and lives thankfulness for her spouse will teach her children one of the most important lessons in life: to see their mommy loving and respecting daddy will teach them to honor him as leader of the home.
5) Find out what your husband likes, and attempt to do some of them. Remember, do everything for God’s glory and not for man. Colossians 3:23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
Here are some of my thankful bubbles … Be Mine All Year Long
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