“She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:12
My husband has come a long way! He was brought up going to church, not all of his childhood but most of it. About 6 years ago we agreed our own children needed that church structure. I knew we did too. My husband started going with us from the start. He believed but did not live it. Through the years, he has grown. There are so many people out there that go to church without their spouses. I am definitely blessed with a man, even if in the beginning he just went for his family, that comes with me.
Last year while living in Pennsylvania, he said to me many times how he missed our church family. Not just his blood family. It came to me that I am keeping him from God by staying up there. So we moved back. Yes, we could’ve found another church but we love our church family as our own and missed them dearly.
If you would have known us personally (some of you do) you would know that he would never go to anything church related on his birthday. I actually assumed we were not going to church yesterday because of that. Then he said, “what? we are not going to church, I want to go.” WOW!! Thank you Lord! Yesterday, our preacher announced that it was his birthday during prayer requests and praises. It took me the whole time to spit this out and usually it doesn’t come out right so I don’t know if I said everything I meant. I praised God for a husband that was sitting beside me in a pew Sunday morning, on his birthday!! I realized yesterday morning that God is working on him. I didn’t even realize it! I pray for him everyday to be the true Christian husband and father. Kind of like my earthly saint, my Papaw, who is now in Heaven. I want him to see the things I see. I want him to have the right words when disciplining our children. I want him to pray with me at night and do devotions with me. See, my husband is too smart for his own good. He believes but not with everything. He’ll make a comment because he can’t see how it is possible with some things the Bible tells us. I try to have the right words, believe me, it is hard and a scary place to be. I give thanks to God for being there through this all and helping me to see He is working on the amazing husband He gave me!
I think I embarrassed him a little yesterday with my praise but I couldn’t keep it in. It was the Holy Spirit pushing it out. It was my heart.
Back when we started at our church, the first thing we did was go to a marriage retreat. We don’t fight or argue much at all. But, I knew it would be great! So we went. Our preacher and his wife, were amazing teachers that weekend. It taught me more than they know. I pray my husband continues on this path towards Him. So we can be the three strands (Ecclesiastes 4:12) and have God the center of our lives together that I have prayed for all along. It has been a Beautiful Life and I pray that we continually grow in him! (I am linking this to The Inspired Room because I think it is a beautiful thing Melissa does!)
Lord God, thank you for being there. Thank you for working on your child, my husband. Please continue to work on his heart and help me with the right words to come out of my mouth. I give all the Glory to you in the work you have already done in my husband. Please remember all the people reading this that they need You as the center of their marriage. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!
Do you and your husband’s do devotions and pray together? Can you share your story with me? It is a big struggle in my life but I know he is getting there. Do you struggle with this too?
Many, Many Blessings!