Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day Twenty-Seven – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey


Back in October 2008...The scripture verse that touched me in particular today is –

Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20

Amen, Lord! I see how this verse can be applied to being an encourager in a marriage or in other relationships. But it also speaks to me this morning since I’m subject to a background check for my new job, and my husband reminded me that a timeshare we used to have but stopped paying on would probably be considered a forfeit or a foreclosure. Please deliver me from absent-mindedness and protect us from being harmed by this new insight. Please let disclosure be enough to get me through the screening process for this new job.

Love encourages…

My honey has assured me that I do not burden him with unrealistic expectations.

That was then, this is now...

Encourage one another and build up one another…Encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14

We are supposed to encourage those we love. We should strengthen and help those who are weaker than we are. We are taught in the Bible to be patient with everyone. Do your words uplift or bring people down? Do your actions enchant or discourage? How can we tell how our actions and words are received? Ask yourself one question: Do I bring out the best in my spouse?

One area I definitely need to work on is encouraging my husband while waiting patiently for God to mold him in certain areas of his life. It kind of reminds me of Gideon. When the angel of the Lord came, Gideon was hiding in the winepress. But the angel said, “Greetings, mighty warrior!” Gideon was far from a warrior at this point, but the angel saw Gideon for what he was to become rather than who he was at that moment. That’s how I want to see my husband. That’s how I want to treat my husband.

Lord, I need Your help. I am no good at seeing my husband’s potential with my own eyes. Quicken my spirit to see him as You see him. Then teach me how to treat him as the man You created him to be rather than the man he is right now. Help me to encourage his growth in You and Your purpose for his life. And when the discouraging words begin to form on my tongue, please clap Your hand firmly over my mouth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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