I honored my husband last night by going to bed at 9:30pm. Believe me, I wanted to to stay up and determine the winners of my R-E-S-P-E-C-T give-away. And I wanted to finish decorating my Christmas tree because I was hosting the P31 staff Christmas party at my house this morning. But no announcements and no ornaments meant no arguments, so I was able to go to bed with no regrets. Well, accept that I didn’t get to tell you the winners…until now.
Thanks to Christy Leake for suggesting we invite others to give away copies of Melanie Chitwood’s book, “What a Husband Needs from His Wife,” we have six winners. I let the Holy Spirit and Random Integer do the choosing, and the winners are…
Kim at NothingCanSeperateMe
Hayley (who’s just been married 9 months)
I really, really wanted all of you to win. If you aren’t listed above, I hope you’ll consider getting a copy of “What a Husband Needs from His Wife” to read. Please know, I don’t get anything from promoting it – except knowing God will use it powerfully in your life and in your marriage. I’d love to hear about it if He does! I also wanted to share with you an email I received the day after my devotion about honoring our husbands.
Reading your devotion was like reading a letter I would write. I have always tried as a wife to honor my husband. God joined us and led us and he was the head of the house. Sure we compromised when we made decisions but the final was usually by him. He honored me too because I did honor him. He always asked me also to call him away from the childrens hearing and tell him what I needed to tell him. I usually did. If I didn’t he would later tell me.
If there was something that disturbed me, I would go in my room, close the door and pray, Lord is this something that hurt me because I was in a bad mood? Or something I need to call him aside and talk about it?
If it was because I was in a bad mood, the Lord let me feel that and I would return to whatever I was doing. If I needed to talk with him, I would tell him I need to talk about something and not to get mad. Then we talked and usually ended up hugging.
He went to be with the Lord too soon for us. He had lung cancer for over 3 years and worked till it was hard too breathe. He knew I was ill the night before he went to be with the Lord and drove me to the Dr. Then the next morning he woke me and said he could not breathe. I tried to help him , praying, calling 911, and working on him.
I remember very little after that for 6 weeks. I was at the services, greeted friends, so I am told. I woke in the hospital this time last year. It felt like he passed the day before, but it had been 6 weeks. I had post tramatic syndrome. I still do not remember much but what counts is the husband I did honor and he honored me. He will be at the Gate waiting for me one day.
I was taken to the hospital after my family came in at night and I was in the bed. They knew something was wrong because I did not make a scence on the phone. So from December until March I was too weak to be alone. Now I am healed. I am strong and live for the Lord even more than I did before. Because I honored him as my husband and as the father of our children, my heart feels proud of our life. I know the Lord led us and lit our paths for 40 years. God is so good.. Now I do mission work and God gets all the honor and Glory.
As many of you know, my husband has had pretty serious health issues this year. He’s doing really well this week, but when I got Patricia’s letter he’d just gotten out of the hospital. I cried as I read it because I was keenly aware that each day is a gift, and I don’t know how many I will have with my husband and best friend. I pray that it will be more than I can count. But how ever many God gives me, I want to honor JJ each day that I have been given. I want to have a marriage with no regrets!