Showing posts with label husband. Show all posts
Showing posts with label husband. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

True Love


True love isn't proud.  True love serves and wants the best for the other.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hot Chocolates & A Car Wash!


A Sunday afternoon date!  Perfect sitting at Hungry Jacks

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In My Garden Today


My flowers are my Husband and my children.  I water, weed and tend them every day.  With God's grace they will be a beautiful aroma first to Him and then to all who will see.  God help me to be faithful and a blessing to those around me.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalm 9

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Submitting Even When He Isn't "All That .."



As a godly woman, much of how I walk will involve how I "wife".  My attitude will either bless our home or divide it.

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.  He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.  In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Proverbs 14:1-3

As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, notice lower case "l" - we submit to our Husband not as though he is God but in reverence to God.  So when our Husband disappoints us, lets us down or even leads us into sin - perhaps by just what he doesn't say or do, we can obey in reverence and because of our faith in our Lord God. 

One disclaimer right here, our Lord doesn't require His child, me, to endure abuse whether physical or emotional.

He requires I worship Him alone and if a conflict arises, with much thought and prayer to each individual circumstance, along with godly counsel, I understand I am to choose God and His law.  I would choose this in a respectful way, with humility and meekness before my Husband.

The story of Nabal and Abigail paraphrased here illustrates a godly woman and the husband who she clearly reverences, letting her down.

  Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.

And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:

And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.

And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.
And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.

So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.
And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them.

Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.
And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert on the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me,

So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.
And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
1 Samuel 25:3-38 (paraphrased)

Abigail doesn't criticise him, she doesn't have attitude and pout throughout the house for a few days although she has good reason to, she doesn't even mention his indiscretion, instead

she pulls up her skirts and worships King David as is right and good.

Abigail intrigues me and so often encourages me on how I should act, obey and think on the things in my marriage that are less than true and right.

My focus needs to be on my role as his wife rather than how he is performing his role.

My hope is in God and this hope sets me apart for Him.  As 1 Peter 3:6 (summarised here) says,

My hope sets me free to be fearless and as such, inexplicable to this world.
My hope gives me a life overflowing with good deeds which in turns provides a consistent testimony to this hope, this God.

My witness, my testimony and as such my mission field, isn't only but is largely, my role as wife and mother.


So when he "isn't all that .." let me remember nor am I.  Let me love him, forgive him, do the next right thing and move on.  Chances are inside Christ, he will see his error.  That's between him and his Lord.

Let me be concerned with me and let me hope in Him.
Diane.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January Getaway Trip


We packed our bags for a getaway night in town this past week.  We had a special Groupon deal at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Brisbane.


This is the breakfast eatery.  All you can eat.  It's a highlight.  The ultimate start to our new day together.


The valet takes the car and we don't have to worry about it.



Time for long talks, hot chocolates and chocolate.  Feet up, fun and easy conversation even though some of the current topics on the agenda were pretty heavy.  We have an agenda that seems to build itself when we know a getaway is in the making .. life throws up issues not all of them bad but needing to be discussed and decided upon, fleshed out, aired between us.



The rules are easy conversation, forgiveness, honesty, heart on the shoulder type words with a view to answers, closure, decisions and the commitment to stick to it and remain a united front.  


Dinner is always a highlight.  We went for Mexican this time.  We sat down at Eagle Street Pier.  After we had a slow walk back to our room via the river edge and the northern tip of the Botanical Gardens.  


We travelled home the next day via a new cafe Oliver Brown's at North Lakes.  Nice.  The best dark chocolate mocha I've had.  McCafe is kicked off the top rung yet at second place it's still pretty good.  




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This Week ...


At the shopping centre this morning, these two baby fawns.  So cute!


Our holiday food order arrived.


Mathew is home for two weeks!  So nice to have him home.


Loving pretty decorations on our family meal table.  This ornament is made from mismatched cup and saucer sets from my Grandmother from England.  Rather than let them sit unused in our sideboard, I took a tip from Pinterest and glued them together in this way to make a cup cake stand.  This way I get to enjoy them much more often and let their story be told.


Our tree this year.  I leave the curtain open at night and turn the lights on.  Gives those coming in late from work a nice welcome home feeling.

 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Morning



Sunday mornings are only as good as the evening before.  To get out on time takes just a few simple things to do the night before.  We like to put on our "Sunday best" for church.  If we were to meet the Queen at 10:00 we'd be on time and dressed in our best; how much more to meet with and worship the one true God!  We had things well in hand this week and there was even time for a picture update of us.  Love that!   Our daughter rang Dad for advice on tyre pressure for her car trip home next week.  Dad to the rescue.

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth  me, that I am the LORD ..
Jeremiah 9:24 excerpt

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Wife To My Husband

My best friend, my husband, my confidante' and my mentor.  Not because he is perfect or always right, but because I choose to make him those things daily.  I choose to forgive him, love him, honour him and yes, obey him (within all the usual sensible boundaries that that one implies to wide eyed friends and family who don't hold the same worldview I do).  One disclaimer:  he is mostly my very best friend, always right and honourable - if I let him be.  God help me to be quiet more often, wait, listen, think.  He always thinks things through so much better than I.  Diane


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