Share Your Pie

January 8, 2012

in the generous life

Life can be challenging.  I think God has a way of using life to rub off our rough edges and teach us about His kind of love.

A guest post from Theresa ~

We are all born selfish. No one wants to give up their own time, money, or biggest piece of the pie. Naturally we want it all for ourselves.  Getting married doesn’t change that. It just puts us in closer proximity to someone who is constantly reminding us that they want pie too.

What causes us to give up what we want? Loving another. Not that first “you are so prefect and I could stare in your eyes forever” love. But the kind of love my husband has continued to show me over this past 24 hours.

Yesterday I came home from work SICK.  I didn’t make it to the toilet flu. He cleaned up my puke because I couldn’t even stand.  Finally, he took me to the ER to get fluids and meds to stop me from puking up stomach bile. He slept on a cold hard chair as the fluids slowly dripped because I was too dehydrated to find a proper vein. When I complained how cold my arm was because I had to hold it out of the blankets for the IV, he covered my arm with his and stayed in that awkward position for another hour. When we finally got home, I went right up to bed. I heard Scott down fixing the fire. He let me sleep in and took care of the kids all day. He called off of work so I could sleep.

I told him thanks for being so good to me. All he ever says is that it is his job to take care of me. He just felt bad that I was feeling so bad.

That is love. Not chocolates, or flowers, or diamonds. Not Happy Valentine’s Day cards that Hallmark has written about our beautiful love. Love is putting another’s needs ahead of your own when you don’t feel like it. Love is pushing back your own selfish “I wants” and “I deserves” and placing that gift of God (your spouse) in front.

Theresa is a full time wife of 8 years, mommy to four with #5 on the way, and a 5th grade classroom teacher. She blogs over at .

As a tip idea, walk through your day looking for ways to serve others when they are facing a difficulty.  Help your husband gather his things when he’s leaving late for work, help your co-worker when she’s behind on a project or give your friend a ride to the store.  Let God teach you and shape you.  Share your pie.

Image credit © Denise Kappa | Dreamstime.com

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I always love Julie’s titles ~ What a Shark Taught Me About Sex (from Intimacy in Marriage)

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Be generous! Lori <><

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Annie Jones January 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love that story from Teresa. I teared up. Sounds like her husband would swim through shark infested waters to bring her a lemonade! I have a superman too. The other morning I left my freshly prepared, just right coffee on the kitchen counter. It was my hubby’s day off and he came all the way to my job to bring it to me and a box of donuts to share with my co-workers. He doesn’t even like coffee, but he knows how much I do.

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Sarah January 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

The tender care of a husband for a wife like this is such a reflection of Christ’s love–while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Took care of all the yuck and tenderly loved us. Sweet picture of Christ-like love lived out.

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