Pleased to obey. The pleasure of obedience. The joy of obedience. The Fun of obedience. (couldn’t decide on a title :P)
I read this post today from Around the Table about a list of ways to love and appreciate your husband. Apparently there’s an actual holiday for it tomorrow, complete with tons of cards, etc.
It was fun to read through her post and be reminded of how far my hubby and I have come. There is so much joy in obedience! God says to respect our hubbies. What does that mean to YOU? To me, it was a laying down of self, of pain and anguish as I chose to NOT focus on ME and all that I wanted from a husband.
Know what’s funny? God was RIGHT! When I obey Him and shower my hubby with respect and love, I am a happier wife!! Not just that I am more content, which is also fabulous, but that I am HAPPIER with my circumstances! I see Him through God’s eyes, I chose to look at all the great things that is my husband and I get all warm and gooey inside 😀
The things that we do struggle with are wrapped in a love and respect for him that makes everything work-out-able.
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph 5:1,2
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Eph 5:33
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Eph 5:22-24
God is right again!! SHOCKING, I know! LOL 😀 What an amazing God we serve.
I remember going through these passages at missionary training and having this distaste in my heart for these words, thinking they don’t apply to us NOW a days. Well, whether they were meant for us today or back then, the beauty of it is that it still remains true. It’s a matter of putting him before me in
all most things. (yep, still learning that one!)
There is SUCH joy in coming under the authority of God in obedience for these things. It USED to be a taking up the darn heavy cross, and crying my eyes out like a baby for not getting what I wanted. It was all about ME, and MY desires. The pain in my heart did not come from my hubby, or something he was or wasn’t doing or being. It came from my own selfishness and pride.
NOW, there is this expectation, and hope of what is to come, and I can trust God that it’s going to be SO GOOD.
Now, before you even BEGIN to think I’ve had it rough, please let me tell you that God does know what’s best for me. And what’s best for me, is this sweet man that I married who
still again makes me go awwwww! what a SWEETHEART!! <3 There really was a time when I fought him on EVERYTHING. poor guy. Read about that here: I married my (now) best friend.
PLEASE, if you are holding back from sacrificially loving as God is calling you to, be encouraged!!! It’s FUN! 😀