Monday, July 2, 2007

Marriage Monday - 30 Day Honor Your Husband Challenge

Figuring better late than never, I've joined in on the action at Fruit in Season who is running an "Honor Your Husband 30-Day Challenge." Although I found it half-way through the second week, I still decided to participate. So here is my goal for this week with regards to honoring my husband.
We will be heading out of town on vacation this week. I'm so excited, not just because it is the first step in moving to Tennessee, but just to have time to spend with my husband. He's been working so hard lately, and when he isn't at work he has been busy with all the real estate transactions we have been doing. So the kids and I haven't really seen much of him and when he is home he's exhausted. The week and a half vacation is just what we need. Well, actually he needs about a month's vacation, but that's not gonna happen!
Unfortunately, whenever we spend too much time together we tend to argue. Not big arguments, but little nit-picky stuff. Which road to take, what clothes people should wear, to eat out or in, etc. Stuff that, in the end, really doesn't matter. It just becomes an issue of "who's going to give in?" So I am resolving that for the duration of our trip, I'm not going to let little stuff bother me. If we are late getting somewhere, that's ok. I'd rather honor my husband than be on time (even though I am Miss Punctuality!). If he'd rather take a back road and see the scenery, then so be it. He needs the relaxation more than I need to arrive half an hour earlier at the hotel.
I'm going to really strive to put his wants and needs above my own during this time and to do it joyfully. Phillipians 2:3-4 says it best: "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (English Standard Version) I realize that humility is something that I need to work on in my marriage - I'm not always right (unbelievable, I know) and even if I am, does it really matter more than honoring my husband, his needs and his desires? No.
So there you have it. I'd appreciate any prayers you can offer for me during this time because it will be a hard habit to break, but through God I know I can do it!


Denise said...

Bless your precious efforts to honor your husband.

blackpurl said...

God's blessings on you and your husband this coming week. And may all of your travels go well!

Betty Jane said...

God bless you as you start your family vacation. You have truly chosen what is key in marriage and that is putting him before yourself, humility...a beautiful thing.

Praying that your source of strength is completely from the Lord.


Jammy said...

I'm glad you joined the challenge. Sounds like great goal you have, one that we all can relate to!


Anonymous said...

That's a great things to do. Since we just finished a bible study on marriage I've become even more aware of how important it is to respect and honor my husband. It's something that we definitely need to rely on the Lord to do through us. Your blog has been a good reminder to me as well. I'll be praying for you. I'm so glad that you're going to have this time together as a family.

Christi said...

I loved your post - great reminders!

Praying that the Lord continues to bless your marriage!

Munchkin Land said...

Little stuff, huh? Oh yes, a daily battle in my world. =) Welcome to the challenge and good luck to you this week!

Oldqueen44 said...

Sounds like you are making great efforts. Keep up the good work.

Charity said...

What a great way to honor your husband and it will make your vacation more enjoyable. When you are tempted just ask yourself, "Will this make any difference in 5 years?" It usually doesn't.


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