So, what have I learned in 10 yrs of marriage?....
The art of 'Serving'. We've made the choice in our family that I stay home during the day to care for our house, our property, our children, our finances, our meals, our Ministry, my husband, etc. This means 'giving care to' is my full-time job. Easy? - No. Monotonous? - at times. All part of living? - Yes.
So I find refuge and encouragement from the Proverbs 31 woman and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25.
Prov 31: 11 - Her husband has full confidence in her
12 - She brings him good, not harm
15 - She provides food for her family
17 - She sets about her work vigorously
20 - She opens her arms to the poor & needy
21 - When it snows, she has no fear for her household. :)
23 - Her husband is respected
25 - She can laugh at the days to come. :)
26 - She speaks with wisdom (I continue to work at this)
27 - She does not eat the bread of Idleness
28 - Her Children & Husband praise Her
(she is appreciated)
30 - A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised!
Abigail (1 Sam 25) - Though her husband became a selfish fool, she and her servants cared for King David's army in the good standing of her husband, and asked forgiveness FOR him. She was a woman of great honor and wisdom.
Lord, I am not perfect. I have my faults. I have to ask forgiveness and try again...but may I continue to serve my Husband, children, family, friends, and the world for many years to come. This is what you have called me to, and I am grateful for your Love & Grace as I strive. Amen.