This time of year is always particularly busy, so here is my obligatory post preserving our special moments for posterity.
The boy turned 12 at the end of October and spent the last few days camping in Tennessee with my parents, and my sister and niece.
My girl isn’t so much of a girl anymore! She turned 18 last week! Y’all I can’t even….
And finally, yesterday was the opening day of gun season for deer here in Central Kentucky. Hubs is super stoked because for the first time in his life he actually got a buck on opening day. He’s had a lot of success over the years, but this is the first time he actually got one on opening day.
Meanwhile, several times a day I look out my bedroom window to see this beautiful tree that God has blessed me with.
Things about to get cheesy……Ha ha.
Seriously, just a moment of reflection.
I am between stages, I think, as a woman of God. Titus 2 gives an outline regarding the proper behavior of Christian wives/mothers.
The conduct described above is of course virtuous for all women, regardless of age. Still, I find myself between ages. At 42, I’m hardly a young woman, yet there are plenty older than me and from whom I can still learn. So, I do my best to advise those younger than me. Sometimes the “age” has less to do with physical years, but rather spiritual years and maturity and unfortunately genuine Titus 2 older women are difficult to come by. I thank the sexual revolution for that. But I digress.
If I could pinpoint my #1 responsibility to my husband, and thus advise other women concerning the same, it may be different from what one might expect.
Yes, having a home which is clean, comfortable, and peaceful is important. Yes, loving him and the children are important. Yes, wholesome meals and meeting his physical needs are important. Being kind, gentle, and respectful are important. The fruits of the Spirit should be present in every Christian marriage, exhibited by both spouses.
But that isn’t my top priority.
My top priority is that from which all the above virtues naturally flow.
If a Christian woman wants to be a godly wife and true helpmeet to her husband, she encourages, and allows, and does everything she can to see to it that he is able to spend adequate time alone with God, in study and prayer. The God-assigned task as head of the household is a serious responsibility for which he will be held accountable. How can he possibly lead with Godly wisdom if he is lacking in true, intimate fellowship with God? Even if he doesn’t understand or take his role seriously, a woman belonging to the Lord should encourage him in it.
Of course, a woman who is deliberate and faithful with her own private time with the Lord understands how precious and important that time is.
The days are evil and we simply cannot expect to fight the good fight of faith and remain standing if we do not spend time in the secret place of the Most High.
Yes, if a woman loves her husband, this should be her priority for the sake of the entire household.