Just truckin’ along, because I really liked this one, surprisingly enough (since it doesn’t apply yet).
I enjoy having the opportunity to meditate on marriage and children before that stage of life has even come upon us. We have been blessed with a little more time to watch, pray and learn from other’s mistakes before we embark to make our own in the marriage phase of life.
I can only imagine the multitude of conflicts that can arise in a partnership with someone of the opposite sex. I mean everything is different.
The story of Hannah and Elkanah hits very close to home for me. A wife who is seeking the Lord, and a husband who is okay with whatever the wife wants, letting her make the decisions. I embrace this time of singleness as a time to pray against passivity, in me and also in my future husband. I want a man who leans on God first so that I can lean on him. (Book plug: “Kingdom Man” by Tony Evans) I want to follow Christ’s leadership and follow a man who continually seeks Christ’s leading. Not the other way around. I have seen how that can break a woman’s hope and trust to have to lead her husband spiritually…and how it lessens the respect for your husband.
Ending question: What are some of the most significant ways a husband can minister to his wife?
Be the pastor to his family, which requires him to be in the word and be a studier of the word, and more importantly to share what he is learning and lead his family in the way to study scripture. Be the leader and make decisions for the family with Christ’s purposes in mind. By seeking Christ first and being prayerful. Be a self-giving servant to his family: by giving his time, energy and his ALL.
At the same time I am so encouraged by the faith of Hannah, and her courage to trust the Lord no matter what the cost!!! (Day 4)