Last week, we began our challenge with prayer. Sometimes after we have tried every other method to fix something, we turn to God in prayer. God wants us to come to Him first – He is able!
So keep on praying this week and let’s get started on Challenge number 2!
Often times, the best way to change our attitude is to have a perspective change. A few years back, a young mom in our church lost her husband unexpectedly. It sent shock waves through me and the line to comfort the grieving wife was wrapped around the church. That day was a wake up call for me. My husband and I may feel young and invincible – but we aren’t invincible. Accidents happen. Sickness happens. Death happens. I’m not saying we should live in fear of these things – but I am saying that many widows are sitting alone tonight at their dinner table longing for just one more minute with their beloved husband - while I take my husband for granted.
Life is fleeting.
James 4:14 says “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Psalm 144:4 says “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.”
For a short while, we have this life to lead with our husbands here on earth. Are we living it well?
Think back to the first day you met your husband, the first time he held your hand or kissed you. Remember those butterflies and how your mind soared. You could.not.get.enough.of.him!
My husband and I dated long distance for four years while I went to college in Chicago and he attended the Ohio State University. We had short sweet summers and then tear-filled long goodbyes every fall.
I made a scrapbook to remember those years – here’s a few pages of it:
We had major long distance phone bills – this was before cell phones lol!
We wrote each other a letter every.single.day while we were in college. This page is from his letters to me – he always sealed his letters with a heart and often a count down until the next time we’d see each other. I have nearly 1,000 letters in a box in our hall closet because we both saved them ALL! This was before email lol!
After three very long years apart – before my senior year of college – Keith proposed. These are pictures from the day we got engaged.
Then we returned to college for one more year apart before we married.
Wow – were we in love or WHAT? We fought to stay connected – to have communication with each other even though we were hundreds of miles apart…and I want to encourage you today – to fight for your marriage.
Fight to stay connected with your husband. Ask him how his day was. Listen to him when he is telling you about something that matters to him – even if it’s dry information to you! Write him a note to express your love. Send him a friendly text or email. Give him a smile and hug when he comes in the door. Ask him if he’d like a cold or a hot drink after dinner and chat with him. Get a babysitter and go out to dinner. These are ways we can reconnect at the end of the day.
Do you remember the day you stood at the altar and vowed to be your husband’s wife – for better or worse.
“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but the marriage that sustains your love.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoffer
You may have hit some “worse” days and the loving feelings may have faded – but your vows – your marriage – sustains the love. Life is short. There are no guarantees that our loved ones will always be with us. Today is the day to revive your marriage. Today is the day to communicate to your husband your love. Pray for your husband. Commit to being the wife you vowed to be.
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