(Looking at how I come up with tips…) Sometimes I get my ideas from scripture.
At my church right now we are going through 2 Samuel, chapter 16. We are at the part where Absolam chased off David and is trying to be king in his stead. It’s a really sad part because David is basically reaping the consequences of his earlier sin with Bathsheba (12:7-14). As I read this story and listened to folks discuss it, I kept hearing the same thing over and over again. David was such a cool man of God, but as a husband and father … well, he failed pretty badly at times.
OK, here come the tip idea. Our husbands are human just like David. They will fail at some things and excel at others. It’s tempting to throw them away for their failings (especially when it comes to the husband and father stuff), but we need to take in the bigger picture of who they are. Start with prayer. How does God want us to see our husbands? Acknowledge the truth (the good and the bad), but make room for God to work. Just because your husband has a problem withtoday, doesn’t mean it will always be so. You can pray for him, walk with him, and encourage him. Remind him of all the areas where he and God are doing well. Let him know that he can be a man after God’s own heart today and that his failings need to be seen within that context (this is not an excuse for sin, but an understanding of grace, forgiveness and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit as He grows us up).
Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
Be generous! Lori <><